The Wasa 30, a 36' light displacement fractionally rigged sloop, was designed by Leif Angermark and built in Sweden by Wasa Marin A.B.
There are two versions of the Wasa 30, the 30HR (High Rig) and the 30LR (Low Rig). 'SysterSol' in the image above and described below, is the 30HR which will account for her high performance.
There are two versions of the Wasa 30: high rig (HR) and low rig (LR), differing in sail area and thus sailing performance. The HR version has a larger mainsail and genoa than the LR version, resulting in a higher speed potential. However, the LR version may be easier to handle and more suitable for cruising.
The Wasa 30 is a rare boat, as only 60 units were built. It is not easy to find one for sale, but if you do, you can expect to pay around $20,000 to $30,000 depending on the condition and equipment.
The Wasa 30 has a simple but functional interior layout that can accommodate up to six people. The main cabin has a U-shaped dinette that can be converted into a double berth on the port side, and a galley with a sink, stove and icebox on the starboard side. There is also a navigation station with a chart table and instruments on the starboard side, next to the companionway.
The forward cabin has a V-shaped double berth with storage lockers underneath. The aft cabin has two single berths with storage shelves above. There is also a head compartment with a marine toilet and a sink on the port side, opposite the aft cabin.
The headroom in the main cabin is about 1.8 meters (5.9 feet), which may be a bit low for some people. The cabin is well-ventilated by four opening ports and two deck hatches. The interior is finished in teak woodwork and blue cushions.
Hull and Deck
The hull of the Wasa 30 is made of fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) with a balsa core sandwich construction for stiffness and lightness. The hull shape is inspired by the classical Skerry Cruiser design, which features a long overhang at the bow and stern, a low freeboard, and a narrow beam. The hull is quite flat below the waterline, with a deep fin keel that provides stability and upwind performance.
The deck of the Wasa 30 is also made of FRP with a balsa core sandwich construction. The deck layout is simple and uncluttered, with wide side decks and a spacious cockpit. The cockpit can accommodate four to six people comfortably, and has two large lockers for storage. The cockpit is protected by a sprayhood that can be folded down when not needed.
Mast and Rigging
The mast of the Wasa 30 is made of aluminum alloy and is deck-stepped on a stainless steel compression post that transfers the load to the keel structure. The mast has two sets of spreaders that are swept back at an angle of about 20 degrees. The mast height above waterline is about 14 meters (46 feet) for the HR version and about 13 meters (43 feet) for the LR version.
The rigging of the Wasa 30 is made of stainless steel wire and consists of a forestay, a backstay, two upper shrouds, two lower shrouds, and two intermediate shrouds. The forestay and the backstay are adjustable by turnbuckles. The shrouds are attached to chainplates on the hull sides.
The sails of the Wasa 30 include a mainsail, a genoa, and a spinnaker. The mainsail is hoisted by a halyard on a masthead sheave and is attached to the boom by slides. The mainsail has two reefing points that can be used to reduce the sail area in strong winds. The mainsail is controlled by a mainsheet that runs from the end of the boom to a traveler on the cockpit coaming, and by a vang that runs from the boom to the mast base.
The genoa is hoisted by a halyard on a fractional sheave and is attached to the forestay by a roller furling system. The genoa has a luff length of about 10.5 meters (34 feet) and a foot length of about 5 meters (16 feet) for the HR version, and a luff length of about 9.5 meters (31 feet) and a foot length of about 4.5 meters (15 feet) for the LR version. The genoa is controlled by two sheets that run from the clew to two winches on the cockpit coaming.
The spinnaker is hoisted by a halyard on a masthead sheave and is attached to the mast by a spinnaker pole. The spinnaker has an area of about 60 square meters (646 square feet) for the HR version and about 50 square meters (538 square feet) for the LR version. The spinnaker is controlled by two sheets that run from the clews to two winches on the cockpit coaming, and by two guys that run from the pole ends to two winches on the cabin top.
Keel and Rudder
The keel of the Wasa 30 is a fin keel made of cast iron with a lead bulb at the bottom. The keel has a chord length of about 1.2 meters (3.9 feet) and a depth of about 1.8 meters (5.9 feet). The keel provides stability and upwind performance, but also increases the draft and reduces the shoal water capability.
The rudder of the Wasa 30 is a spade rudder made of FRP with a foam core. The rudder has a chord length of about 0.8 meters (2.6 feet) and a depth of about 1.6 meters (5.2 feet).
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