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Most pre-mid '90s hulls are cored and many earlier boats are cored below the waterline.
Any 15 year old boat hull poorly maintained annually will have problems, cored or not. Any 30 year old boat hull well maintained annually will NOT have problems, cored or not.
I'd rather have many 35 year old C&C
Yachts (C&C '69-'76 production boats were built by George Hinterhoeller) or 30 year old Hinterhoeller Yachts hulls than MANY boats built this year. Ditto decks. builder of Fisher's NONSUCH & literally 1000s of other yachts . . . George Hinterhoeller R.I.P. Photo Gallery by Nonsuch Photo Galleries at pbase.com
I purposely bought a 1979 30 Classic
(boat very well known to me) with known significant moisture (for at least a decade!) in the balsa core for about 15 ft / 3 m under the strbd slack bilges. Simple and cheap
. When I hauled her, for the winter
, in Toronto . . . I took a circular saw (set suitably shallow) to the outer skin. Maybe 20 minutes work to cut all around the problem. Purchase price
reflected the necessary repairs
When he was a boy, my GrandDad sailed from the Orkneys' to Norway
(THAT is real OFFSHORE voyaging!) in an open 14' boat after being unable to make to weather
in a building blow. They assumed he was lost
and dead till a fishing
boat brought him home. He was very able BUT also VERY LUCKY. That boat was NOT meant for offshore voyaging.
MANY who sail offshore in all kinds of boats, suitable and unsuitable, are far more lucky than able.
Nonsuch was NOT conceived or designed for this purpose by Gordon Fisher
. . . creator of NONSUCH . . . Gordon Fisher R.I.P. Photo Gallery by Nonsuch Photo Galleries at pbase.com
nor drawn by Ellis or built by Hinterhoeller . . . for offshore voyaging. Nonsuch is an AWESOME coasting boat and like the VAST majority of sailboats . . . most Nonsuch crews rarely sail farther than 15 nm from their mooring
A Nonsuch does NOT heave to and lie ahull at all well. Solution . . . NEVER go in a Nonsuch where you might need to heave to.
Fisher's name for his design was the GSY 30 . . . Gentleman's Sailing Yacht. She was designed by him for single-handed (or only one sailor amongst those on board) daysailing, racing
, and the odd overnight cruise
on Lake Ontario
. Gordon was a VERY competent seaman who would not be "caught or surprised by bad weather", let alone far offshore and expected similar good sense amongst others who chose to go sailing. He named his custom 30 footer NONSUCH and all subsequent boats of his design were called Nonsuch.
Only 5 hulls were built of which I'm aware . . . 40 Gallery Photo Gallery by Nonsuch Photo Galleries at pbase.com
1 is in the Med (Malta) and 1 is in the UK. The others are in North America.
Is STRONG, SAFE, and VERY easy to manage. Halyard
to raise or lower. Sheet to trim or ease. Can use the winch
for the sheet but not necessary. Choker (like an outhaul
on a mainsail) that adjusts draft while also opening or closing the leech.
Sail is a hybrid, high clewed genoa
with an extremely thick and vertical luff groove. Not unlike a "heavy blast reacher" from early IOR racing
IF YOU KNOW HOW TO SAIL AND HAVE JUST A LITTLE COMMON BOAT SENSE . . . the sail is NOT even slightly too b-i-g (actually too small on the 30C and the 30U) . . . the wishbone boom is NOT l-a-r-g-e or d-a-n-g-e-r-o-u-s.
IMHO the best of the bunch, particularly in a seaway! Big as most cruising 40 footers below decks and in the cockpit
. It also offers twice the interior
space of the 30C or 30U and they too are BIG down below. It sails
(just a bit) faster than a comparably well sailed 36. Planning to get a 33 again sometime in the next few years.