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Old 15-03-2009, 15:01   #1
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Doven/Knoop 30

Hi cruisers, i am wondering does anyone have any information or knowledge on the Doven/Knoop 30 yachts. They were built in Tasmania in the 80s and 90s, any info would be greatly appreciated, regards Amani.
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Old 15-03-2009, 18:40   #2
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It is my understanding that Walter Knoop was the designer. There are a quite few of them around. His brother dick built some of them. One, at least, is a regular competitor in our local races here.

Walter is still alive and kicking. I might, at a pinch, be able to provide a telephone number for Walter (but I won't post it here - send me a PM if interested). Alternatively, you could write to Walter care of Bellerive Yacht Club (Tasmania) - he is a member there and still fairly active. Either way, he would probably be able to give you all the info that you need

My impression, having seen them around is that they are a good sea-worthy cruiser racer, more cruiser than racer, but still will sail creditably well.

Were you looking at a particular one, or just in general?
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Old 16-03-2009, 00:05   #3
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I have owned a Doven 30 for 3 years. Quite a number were built (around 30?) in various locations around Tasmania - the last built in the late 90s.
I bought mine in very run down condition but structurally very sound. Two years of work and I have a great, safe cruising boat with good accommodation for 30 feet. Mine has done a number of Sydney - Hobart races in the early 80s but I use her for sailing the wonderful cruising waters of South East Tasmania and for local twilight races. They are well balanced, easy to sail and feel solid!
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Old 16-03-2009, 02:33   #4
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Good boats - but the quality of the fitout varies. There a number of boats around that were bought as a bare hull & deck and finished off by the owner.

Cockpit tends to be a bit on the small & deep side compared to other boats of similar age & style. The trade-off is a bit more room below.

Have even seen one converted to a motor sailer complete with "dog box" and inside steering!!
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Re: Doven/Knoop 30

Sorry to reopen a old topic but we bought a Doven 30 and looking for information.. If anyone has drawings or other information please share.

Cheers in advance for digging out any information you may have...

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Re: Doven/Knoop 30

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Have even seen one converted to a motor sailer complete with "dog box" and inside steering!!
Had a friend who had one of those for years. I sailed several times on it, sailed reasonably well, very comfy with the pilothouse, helm in the cockpit wheel inside.
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It would be great if anyone with a Dovan 30 could post a layout in photos with what thier boat is.. We're changing quite a bit internally and will post some picture once the work starts... Our first cruise went well concidering our little pratical experience in sailing, we sailed her 60% of the time and motored 40% from Sydney to Brisbane where she now awaits funds and days off to work on making her ready to cruise... My wife and I are in our early 50s... Have Fun Shane
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Old 06-08-2020, 02:26   #8
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Re: Doven/Knoop 30

The Doven/Knoop 30 were built at a factory at Dover, Tasmania hence the name Doven. They were finished to various degrees with original owners finishing off quite a few of them. The factory was originally owned and operated by Eddie Wentoff (still living in Dover) and Paul ? At some time local abdiver/farmer Doug Owens bought a share of the business. They also built runabouts and a few larger yachts. I don't know what the design was but they were about 40ft with a canoe stern and designed to be ketch rigged although 1 was sloop rigged. Unfortunately the factory caught fire in the 1980's and likely all paperwork etc was destroyed in the fire.
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Re: Doven/Knoop 30

I had one for quite a few years. I liked it. Not really a production boat as every one I saw had a different fit out...some better than others.
Ours was quite nice inside with standard layout of 1/4 berths under cockpit, L shaped galley, nav station opposite, ours had a dinette (could be small dbl) and sea berth opposite, head and wardrobe, V berth.
Tough boat, and performed pretty well as a classic 1/2 Ton design; she'd do 8 knots in 20 on a flat water reach with a clean bum, it had a deeper steel keel and a deep spade rudder which was not the norm. Don't think I have any pics of the interior for you; it was pre-digital. Love the tumblehome but it is easy to scuff up when docking!
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Re: Doven/Knoop 30

Cheers for the feedback on the Doven 30...


We started to fix up our boat and found a couple of stringers need replacing. Also their is a raw steel plate that links all the stringers in the main cabin, it's 12mm raw steel and it's heavily rusted not sure why this was fitted and only guessing that it's user installed as it's raw steel with no protection at all from rust. Did anyone notice a large plate that linked all the stingers together via the keel bolts on a Doven 30 or any sail boat before ?, Phoned around a bit and the recommendation is to replace with stainless steel flat bar on each stringer. I should have got a photo but the plate is gone now and easy to remove as it just fell apart in our hands as we removed it.






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Can anyone help with what type of keel this boat has, Any detail will help..


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Re: Doven/Knoop 30

Mine was lead in a steel shoe. Don't know if they all were built the same, as mine was deeper at about 6'. Also had a deep spade rudder...yours probably has a skeg?
Didn't do any work on it as far as replacing keel bolts etc so can't help much.
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