Quite a few years ago I owned a Yankee 30 Mk III. It was my first real keel
boat, and a better choice would have been hard to make IMO. The usual S&S sailing qualities were there... good balance, good all around performance, no vices.
After a few years of racing
in and around SF Bay
and several trips to the SoCal islands, Ann and I did our first blue water passage
in her: a 7 week round trip SF to Oahu
. The boat behaved very well, weathered tropical storm Gil with no worries, 16 days outbound and 20 returning. Only issue was that she liked to sail at big heel angles under nearly all conditions. This wasn't an issue on coastal passages where one does the occasional overnighter but mostly anchors at night, but for long ocean passages we found it to be very fatiguing.
Only mods were to add an additional fuel tank
(she had an Atomic-4 petrol engine) and a few jugs of extra drinking water
. Had a salt water
pump for dishes, etc.
We have encountered a few Y-30's over the years here in the S Pacific, and none had reported any unusual issues when we chatted with them.
Oh... a 7 week round trip to Hawaii
now sounds like torture to us, but it was all the time we had then due to work commitments!