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Old 12-05-2013, 11:36   #1
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Windward 30'

Does anyone know anything about Windward 30 sailboats built by Richard Carlson?

My understanding is that these weren't production boats but were built to order...I've found a listing for sale that appears to be of good value but I can't find any info about these boats at all.

Cruiserforum's collective wisdom would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 12-05-2013, 14:08   #2
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Re: Windward 30'

Don't know anything about them, but Sailboat Data has some information. And, here's a website about Carlson.
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Old 13-05-2013, 05:37   #3
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Re: Windward 30'

We visited Dick Carlson a few years ago at his house on Long Island. He didn't remember too much about this particular model. If there are pictures of this one that is for sale, I'd be most interested in seeing them.
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Old 13-05-2013, 05:57   #4
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Re: Windward 30'

According to a CL ad here in BC, they were built in Richmond, BC in the 70s and 80s. If it isn't the same boat you are looking at, its currently listed on Craigslist BC for 10,000, and appears to be in nice condition.
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Old 13-05-2013, 07:03   #5
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Re: Windward 30'

sailboatdata.com is me. I couldn't remember where that information came from. All the other Carlson designs of this vintage/type were imported from Spain and of wood construction. As I said, Carlson himself couldn't remember this model so I had my doubts. So the information that is shown (limited though it is) appears to be correct for the most part.
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Old 01-07-2013, 18:20   #6
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Re: Windward 30'

I am looking at a windward 30 as well. Does anyone know anything about them?
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Old 30-11-2013, 15:08   #7
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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.

She sails 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.
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Old 30-11-2013, 15:50   #8
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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.

She sails 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.
Thanks Westcoast boy. That's very interesting. As I said, I met with the designer Dick Carlson 2 years ago. I'm just trying to preserve a few shreds of the history of these things before it's gone forever.
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Old 30-11-2013, 16:09   #9
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Re: Windward 30'

I'm sorry to hear that Richard Carlson couldn't remember much about his design...He must be getting to a fine age now. If he gets to BC, he is welcome to come out for a sail to refresh his memory!
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Old 11-03-2014, 20:44   #10
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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.

She sails 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.
Hey sailors,

I'm taking my Windward 30 from the shore's of Canada across the pond to Australia, I'll let you know how she goes... or you can follow along at: theonboardproject - YouTube
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