'Calypso', a Van de Stadt 30 Sailboat for Sale


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'Calypso', my Van de Stadt 30 sailboat is for sale. I live aboard and am currently anchored in Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou, Grenada in the West Indies, one of the world's finest cruising grounds.

A Van de Stadt 30 sailboat at anchor in the West Indies'Calypso', my Van de Stadt 30 sailboat at anchor in Carriacou

'Calypso' was built in 1975, and with all lines leading back to the cockpit she's the perfect single-handers' liveaboard cruising sailboat. She's very well built, with a thick fibreglass hull.

Major bottom work was done 5 months ago, her semi-long keel was reinforced and partly rebuilt as well as overall upgrades, updates and refitting. The hull is dry and solid.

'Calypso' comes fully equipped for living aboard with a large inventory of spares and tools.

She's ready to go, although the interior could use some further cosmetic work.

Published Specification for the Van de Stadt 30

A Van de Stadt 30 sailboat ashore in a boatyard'Calypso's long fin keel

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 31'1" (9.5m)

Waterline Length: 22'4" (6.8m)

Beam: 10'3" (3.1m)

Draft: 5'10" (1.6m)

Rig Type: Masthead sloop

Displacement: 9,687lb (4,394kg)

Ballast: 2,560lb (1,161kg)

Designer: Van de Stadt

Year First Built: 1973

Below Deck

The galley of a Van de Stadt 30 sailboatThe galley is at the foot of the companionway on the starboard side.

The galley is fully equipped and has a double stove on gimbles.

  • Saltwater foot pump;
  • 16L Waeco fridge (can also freeze);
  • New 120L Plastimo flexible fresh water tank.

The very comfortable dining table can be lowered and become a double berth.

The interior of a Van de Stadt 30 sailboatThe dinette is at the foot of the companionway on the port side.
The interior of a Van de Stadt 30 sailboatLooking aft into the cockpit
The interior of a Van de Stadt 30 sailboatLooking forward into the forecabin

Sails & Winches

The sailboat 'Calypso' beating to windwardThe Malibu Double Ocean Kayak stows on the foredeck

'Calypso' sails like a dream and has a big selection of headsails to have a lot of fun with, all of which are in good condition:

  • Mainsail - like new condition;
  • Genoa;
  • Working Jib;
  • Storm Jib;
  • Smaller storm Jib (can also be used as a baby stay sail);
  • Spinnaker (needs a minor repair);
  • Spare Mainsail - the old one which is still in working condition;
  • Two self-tailing Lewmar 16 winches for the halyards;
  • Two Gibb 7CR winches for headsail sheet.

Power and Electronics

Solar panels installed on the coachroof of a Van de Stadt 30 sailboatSolar panels installed on the coachroof
  • Two Brand New (April 22) deep cycle sealed lead acid batteries;
  • 200w solar panels;
  • Guest Shorepower battery charger installed;
  • ACR EPIRB including a RAPIDDITCH bag;
  • Mcmurdo AIS receiver;
  • Simrad VHF radio;
  • Simrad Auto Tillerpilot;
  • Raymarine transducer.
Emergency gear for a sailboatThe ACR EPIRB and a RAPIDDITCH bag


The original inboard engine was removed and she now has a long shaft Honda BF5A outboard on an adjustable bracket. This little four-stroke outboard gives the boat 4 knots of speed without much effort.

'Calypso' also comes with an inflatable dinghy and Yamaha 2CMH outboard, together with a plastic Malibu Double Ocean Kayak with 2 paddles.

The cockpit of a Van de Stadt 30 sailboat'Calypso's cockpit

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