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1988 30 (ft.) Nonsuch 30 Ultra

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General Information

Listing# 120722

Marina del Rey, CA, United States
Nonsuch 30
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Racers and Cruisers
30 (ft.)
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General Details

The Mark Ellis designed Nonsuch 30 Ultra with the updated interior layout has proven to be a very popular model with over 1000 being built.   Her large cockpit and wide side decks make for easy handling of the unique wishbone cat rig. Below her varnished teak interior shows her quality construction and attention to detail. The layout is superb for a cruising couple and offers generous storage. Powered by Westerbeke 27hp diesel!


With one sail, one halyard, one sheet, and two winches, the Nonsuch 30 is the ultimate in uncomplicated sailing. The boat was introduced in 1978 as the first offering of Hinterhoeller Yachts of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, following George Hinterhoeller's split with C&C Yachts, and it remained in production until 1994. The design is from the board of Mark Ellis. It is unique in that it combines the distinctive shear, highly cambered roach roof and nearly plumb bow and stern of a Cape Cod-styled catboat with a moderate-aspect-ratio fin keel, low wetted surface and a partially balanced spade rudder below the waterline. The modern underbody has a draft of five feet, considerably deeper than a traditional 30-foot catboat. The Nonsuch carries its 11'-10" beam out well towards the ends, as is typical of catboats. This results in interior volume and allows for accommodations that are spacious even when compared with more modern designs.  In 1983, Hinterhoeller began offering an optional interior layout called the &Ultra. This layout provided a stateroom with a double berth forward followed by a similar head and galley, although moved slightly forward, and main saloon aft with opposing settees. Construction of the Nonsuch 30 is fiberglass with balsa wood core material used throughout the hull and deck.  The keys to successful core composite construction are quality control and the knowledge of the builder. There are few, if any, boatbuilders with more experience building cored composite boats than George Hinterhoeller. The hulls and decks are joined on an inward flange and are securely bolted together through an aluminum toe rail. The mast is free standing and presents a unique problem of how to hold it in place. Hinterhoeller uses a system that includes a multi-sided female mast step fixed to the boat and a matching plug fitted to the base of the mast. The mast is then pinned at an aluminum fitting at the partner where the mast passes through the deck. There were some reported incidences of cracks developing in the aluminum mast extrusions near these attachments but these problems seem to have been solved in later model boats. The boats is powered by 27-hp Westerbeke diesel engines with a more conventional installation of shaft, prop and strut with a water-cooled cutlass bearing. Either installation provides plenty of power for 10,500-lb. boat. The Nonsuch is no typical catboat below the waterline, and if you are familiar with the considerable weather helm common to most Cape Cod catboats, you will be pleasantly surprised. This is no grand prix racer, but with a sail area to displacement ratio of 17 and displacement ratio of 216, the performance is very respectable, and she tacks through about 85 degrees. At 540 sq. ft., the sail is very large for a 30-foot boat. The size is comparable to the mainsail on the average 45- to 50-foot sloop. The mast is quite flexible, and, with this much sail and no standing riggings, the top is prone to twist to leeward considerably when the wind picks up. This tends to spill wind and acts to keep the boat from becoming overpowered easily; however, for the best windward performance a reef may be in order when the wind picks up. Although there were more than 500 Nonsuch 30s built, they hold their value well, and those that are available are a bit pricey. If your budget allows and you're not too much of a control freak in need of a lot of strings to pull, this just may be the boat for you.
Data Marine Instruments Wind, Speed, Depth Stereo VHF Force 10 two burner stove w oven Two aluminum propane tanks On demand hot water heater Ice Box Electric Head Stall Shower Pullman forward berth Dripless shaft log on v-drive Lead fin keel with spade rudder Teak and Holly sole SS sink with pressure water H&C
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Bill 310 871 1977