I have owned my 30' Clansman "Clandoig" for nearly 9 years now, & I love her for her galley
lay out and private toilet ( head). There is just not another sail boat about with a galley
as useful or as big as a Clansman in a 30 footer. ( There are a lot of bigger Yachts with smaller cramped galleys!)
We Sail in the top of the Spencer gulf in South Australia
where the the swells can be short & Sharp and it seems the wind
is always on the nose when ever we sail. We used to race
with the local club & I used to pray for bad weather
, as the rougher it got the better she goes. While others were changing down to survive, we just kept in all up and hung on. The Full length keel
keeps her tracking straight. She just carves up the the choppy seas. We also fly a big Spinnaker
when running down wind
and she gets up an bogies.
We have also converted the Vee birth into a permanent Double. We swear there is more room in her than some large vessels. Mind you, I'm 6'1" & I stretch my feet into the the Anchor locker
area at times for a full stretch. But me & the wife fit. Oh the the dog has jumped in on the odd occasion too.
My Yacht came with an original Arona 12hp 2 cylinder Diesel
. I pulled her and over hauled her for around$400 parts
& $300 labour by a local retired engine mechanic
. I did do a lot of the work
myself. But I now have a fully overhauled Engine
for around $800 mark.
My wife find the Safety
rails a little low for herself so I'm exteding them this year around the cock pit for her.
The hull is made the old way, 1" thick ply with hand laid fiber glass on both sides.
the Masts were shorted than most others which means they handle the the strong wind in the south very well.
You do need to be strong on the tiller or you have to reef in on the main for weather helm
She very stable & very Strong. I've seen then go from $23K, fixer uppers to $39K with all the bells & whistles.
Clansman's (Strong, hard, wirly characters. Very tight on money) Speaks for itself. People that sail in them swear by them. Not at them!