The Windward 30 is a great boat.
The first 5 were built in Richmond BC under the name "North Coast 30" in 1969 and 1970. The young engineers who built them to a high structural standard but couldn't make the business end of the operation function. The mold
and production rights were sold and renamed "Windward 30." My Dad bought one in 1972. We sailed as a family
on her, and 41 years later I am still sailing on it with my family
We have been out in every kind of exciting sailing weather
you can imagine, from 45 knot
storms in the Gulf of Georgia
, to waking up after spending a night ashore and finding that a failed chain on a mooring
resulted in her grinding on the beach. These are strong, safe boats.
Her sistership, the Surger sailed across the Atlantic and is likely still in the Mediterranean
well. Might be a bit heavy for light airs. There are faster modern designs out there, but for a (now) cheap
, safe, reasonably fast boat, this is a good option.