Welcome to the Yankee 30 Owners Association.
The Yankee 30 is a beautiful sailboat. Designed by Sparkman & Stephens (S&S design No. 1999) and built by Yankee Yachts in Santa Ana, California, she is both graceful and sturdy.
30 was produced from 1971-1975 by Yankee Yachts, during which time 132
of these boats were constructed. As a consequence of the oil
crisis and rising cost of fiberglass resins in the mid-1970s and John
Shumaker's refusal to reduce the quality of his boats, Yankee Yachts
ceased production in 1975. Subsequently, the hull, keel, and deck molds
made their way to the Pacific Northwest and a limited number of boats
were built by Heritage Boat Works in Hood River, Oregon, and Vashon Boat Works
on Vashon Island, Washington. Eleven sister-ships, S&S design No.
1999-C1 (Ruffian), known as the S&S 30 "down under" were also built
by Swarbrick Brothers in Fremantle Australia. The fact that most
of these boats are still actively sailed is a testament to their
designer and builder.
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In keeping with Sparkman & Stephens'
reputation for fast, powerful boats as rugged as they are good looking,
the hull is one-piece, 100% hand layup fiberglass construction with a
molded in contrasting boot top, cove stripe and external cast
lead ballast. A firm deck results from 100% hand layup
construction with a 1/2" balsa core and reinforced fastening areas for
winches, stanchions, and other hardware sandwiched between fiberglass
laminations. The deck is bolted and bonded to the hull by Yankee's
positive lip-over method. (more)
little sloops are well suited to both racing and cruising, with a tall
keel-stepped mast and high aspect sail plan to make them go fast in
light air, high ballast to displacement ratio to make them stiff and
dry to weather, and a bustle and skeg-mounted rudder for ideal handling
off the wind.
Seawitch racing off the Northern California coast
highly engineered racing boats, the Yankee 30 is somewhat
overbuilt. As a result she's a very sturdy boat. Stability
and an easy motion, whether sailing short-handed or with a crew make
the Yankee 30 an ideal boat for the windy conditions found on San
Francisco Bay or off-shore passages.
Although out of production for a quarter century, the Yankee 30 is still a highly desirable sailboat.
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