Popular Cruising Yachts from 30 to 35 Feet Long Overall
Their Physical Properties & Key Performance Indicators

Welcome to this ever-growing gallery of some of the most popular cruising yachts between 30 and 35 feet (9.1m to 10.7m) long overall.

Most cruising yachts in this size range are sloops but there are a few cutters, notably the Westsail 32, the Southern Cross 31, the Willard 30 and the Victoria 32.

There are also several ketches - the Nauticat 33, Seadog 30, Fuji 35 (staysail ketch), Allied Seawind and the Fisher 34.

And one catboat, the Nonsuch 30.

Medium sized cruising yachts like these are capable of serious offshore passage making, whilst being reasonably economic to maintain and operate.

For instance, the Nicholson 32 Mk10 - 'Jalingo 2' - carried her owner safely across thousands of miles of the open ocean. I know this is true, because I was that owner. 

Being long-keeled and light on the helm, the ancient Aries windvane self-steering gear fitted to her stern had little to do to keep her on course - a great boat for a single-handed sailor. Where is she now, I wonder?

And for competitive types, 30-35 foot cruising yachts are a popular size for club racing under handicap rating rules.

Behind each of the cruising yacht images there's a lot more information, including:

  • Dimensions & Specifications; 
  • Design Ratios;
  • A summary analysis of the boat's predicted sailing characteristics in terms of performance, stiffness, heaviness, comfort in a seaway and resistance to capsize.

To see it all, just click on the relevant image...


Hallberg-Rassy 94

Many thanks to Richard Stuckey for the great pic of his cruising yacht 'Tango II', shown here at anchor off Porqeurolles Island in the Mediterranean South of France.


Jeanneau Attalia 32

Thank you Paul Wright, for submitting this pic of your cruising yacht 'Tallulah'.


Hunter 33

The owner of 'Second Star' tells us...

"This one is my Hunter 33e (now Marlow-Hunter 33e) "Second Star".  The "e" stands for extended cockpit.  It has a drop-down, walk-through transom that opens up the cockpit significantly and serves as a helm seat when up.  I bought the boat new in 2014 and my longest cruise to date was from Annapolis MD to its slip in Alexandria, VA with my daughter. Of course, my intent is to take it on longer cruises like circling the DELMARVA peninsula, which would give me offshore time off the Delaware coast.  It's a very comfortable cruising yacht of moderate size."


Aphrodite 101

With their long, narrow and light hull and tall fractional rig these elegant sailboats have had many successful single and double-handed victories in distance races both coastal and offshore. 

The owner of 'Averisera' tells us:

"She has a very narrow hull with two good sea berths amidships.  The galley is just aft of the berths, sink to starboard and cooker to port.  Step down from companionway just aft of galley; seating to change into or out of wet gear without making sleeping area wet. Head all the way forward is OK but not great.  Low free board means sink does not drain on port tack. Hull form is very, very sea kindly.  Beautiful sailor, easy to steer in wide range of conditions and points of sail.  For a small boat she is a competent cruising yacht."


Have you got a cruising yacht in this size range?

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Nicholson 32 (Mark 10)

The Nicholson 32 Mk 10 cruising yacht in the pic is very dear to me; 'Jalingo 2' she's called - and I used to own her. Dick McClary, previous owner.


Catboats

Cutters

Southern Cross 31

Thank you, Vern Bastable, for submitting this pic of your cruising yacht 'Mischief'.


Ketches

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