2002 Mainship 30 Mainship
Mainship got it right with the 30 Pilot, a Downeast-style cruiser whose practical layout and affordable price catapulted her into the ranks of classic small-boat designs. Built on a solid fiberglass, semi-displacement hull with a prop-protecting skeg, the Pilot is suited to a variety of uses. A large cockpit makes her a competent fish or dive platform, and her economical operation and comfortable accommodations appeal to weekend cruisers. The cabin was originally arranged with a V-berth/dinette forward, a good-sized head, and a teak-and-holly cabin sole. This boat with a 230hp Yanmar will cruise at 16 knots (19–20 knots top).
Timeless styling, along with a size and accommodations that customers moving up from smaller models or down from larger ones can both appreciate, have kept Mainship's Pilot™ 30 a popular model.
The design is a product of Mainship's in-house staff. To my eye, this is a good looking design that stands on its own, but is clearly influenced by working craft such as New England's lobster and bass boats, and the model's likely namesake - the "pilot" boats used to transport harbor pilots to and from ships entering and leaving harbors around the world.
The Pilot™ 30 is a very versatile boat that adapts easily to a wide range of boating interests from day trips to fishing, diving and weekend cruising.
Mainship controls costs by keeping their construction methods traditional and the Pilot™ 30 is no exception. The hull is laminated with chopped strand mat and woven roving fiberglass cloth with Coremat above the waterline and high quality gelcoat to help prevent osmotic blistering. The hull is reinforced with plywood bulkheads and four longitudinal plywood stringers.
Bulkheads are attached with fiberglass cloth and resin and stringers are encased in and attached with fiberglass and resin. Drain holes through stringers and bulkheads are coated with plastic resin to prevent water penetrating the wood core.
The cabin and deck are molded with chopped strand mat, fiberglass cloth and resin with balsa and plywood core for strength, rigidity and light weight. The hull and deck are assembled with 3-M 5200 adhesive sealant and sheet metal fasteners on 8-inch centers.
The foredeck is small but incorporates a pulpit for easy storage, launch and retrieval of the anchor as well as a foredeck anchor locker. The cockpit, which measures slightly over 8 feet wide and 4' 6" long, is very well thought out and balances well with other accommodations. Cleats are positioned so they can't injure passengers and hawse holes are provided.
A transom door is a real benefit for boarding via the optional swim platform. The bridgedeck provides a separate captain's seat to starboard and mate's seat to port as well as port and starboard longitudinal bench seats.
Below deck sleeping and dining accommodations are forward with galley and head aft. Headroom, which can be an issue on boats this size, isn't on the Pilot™ 30. There is 6' 3" clearance throughout most of the main cabin.
The 230hp Yanmar is efficient with very good weight to horsepower ratios with readily available service throughout the country. The owner has replaced the turbo, exhaust hoses, batteries and Bimini top two years ago. There are spare hoses, filters, lines, sea bag, and a maintenance kit on board.
This boat has also been lift kept since owned!
Cruising speed will be about 16 knots depending on loading, and the 175-gallon fuel capacity results in a rather impressive cruising range of better than 400 miles at a 13-knot cruise.
Recognizing that handling can be tricky on single engine boats, an optional electric bow thruster is installed.As with most mid-range new boats, values tend to depreciate quickly over the first few years but used models hold their values comparatively well. Compared to limited production or custom boats of similar size and style that cost twice as much, Mainship's Pilot™ 30 offers good value.
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Whether you fish, dive, or cruise, the Pilot 30 can fit the bill. The elongated cockpit will allow for plenty of anglers and the wide covering boards will accept a battalion of rod holders. A fresh water washdown and optional swim platform with ladder will please the diver and his crew and the bridgedeck settees will double as extra bunks for the overflow of family and friends or just a great place to tune up a tan.
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