Exquisite Traditional Beauty Meets Modern Design And Performance
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The Sparkman Stephens 30 was originated in 1935 by Olin Stephens and his design number 97 called BABE. BABE had a very successful race career in FL and was a design ahead of her time with a long water line, plumb bow and aggressive sail plan.
In 2005 Olin was asked what was one of his favorite designs he would like to bring back and he immediately chose design 97, called BABE.
Over five years, the SS design team worked on all of the details to reintroduce the SS 30 with a new underbody, modern construction methods and materials and worked hard to reach a budget goal that Olin had requested.
Everyone who has sailed the new BABE has remarked how easy she is to handle, stable, dry and fun to sail. You can consider older designs such as the Alerion, or the expensive Morris 29 or Morris 36, or a respectable J95 or J100, but once you test sail the SS 30 you will notice the immediate benefits and advantages consistent with a true pedigree from one of the best yacht designers the world has know, Olin Stephens.
Stiff and nicely appointed the SS 30 is the perfect boat for spirited day sails and overnights around the bay.
Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
LOA: 30 ft 6 in
Beam: 8 ft 3 in
LWL: 27 ft 6 in
Maximum Draft: 5 ft 6 in
Displacement: 5640 lbs Dry Load
Ballast: 2400 lbs
Total Power: 15 HP
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Engine Model: 2YM
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 108
Propeller: Folding propeller
Drive Type: Sail drive
Engine Power: 15 HP
Cruising Speed: 6 knots
Maximum Speed: 7 knots
Fresh Water Tanks: 12
Fuel Tanks: 13
Holding Tanks: 9
Number of single berths: 2
Number of double berths: 1
Number of heads: 1
Electrical Circuit: 12V
Sail Magazine Review by Andrew Burton | December 14, 2012
Harking back to one of Olin Stephenss well-known designs from 1935, the pretty SS 30 is nevertheless a very modern boat. Like the original, a 30-footer named Babe , it was built for coastal racing and daysailing, although in Babe s day coastal included racing overnight the 150 miles from Florida to Nassau in the Bahamas. This sweet 30-footer is equally capable of satisfying the desires of many different types of sailors.
It was a blustery day when I got to sail the SS 30even the launch ride in the harbor threw up a little sprayso we decided a reef was in order before we hoisted the main, which was easily accomplished with the single line reefing system. As soon as we unfurled the jib, the bow paid off and the boat accelerated to an easy 6 knots as we short-tacked out the narrow channel to the harbor entrance. The self-tacking jib let my crew relax while I kept her tracking with just a couple of fingers on the tiller. From the weather side I had excellent visibilitywith my hand on the tiller, not a hiking stickthough I had to duck to leeward to see behind the jib.
The perfectly balanced spade rudder provided excellent feedback and even when we were roaring along ona reach, the 30 was light and easy to control. The traveler control and six-part-purchase mainsheet were close at hand in case a puff warranted a little ease to keep the rail dry.
Belowdecks, the simple Herreshoff-style interior provides an attractive space to seek shelter when the weather makes life less pleasant outside. The V-berth forward is surprisingly airy and comfortable. Moving aft, the head to port is enclosed in translucent Plexiglas opposite a large sink. Long berths port and starboard boast ample sitting headroom, and the seatbacks can be shifted inboard to make comfortable leeboards for sleeping underway. An available option is a drawer abaft the port berth that will house an Origo two-burner stove.
Theres plenty of room to stretch out in the cockpit, with a large area atop the lazarette aft. The jib sheet and furling line run under the deck to the cockpit, while a winch near the companionway hatch handles halyards and reefing lines. Belowdeck headsail furling keeps the foredeck clear. Under power, the well-insulated Yanmar diesel with saildrive pushed the SS 30 along at 6.5 knots at 2,500 rpm with no fuss. The slender hull maxed out at 7.6 knots when I pushed the throttle to 3,600.
A final note: The day before completing this review, as I was doing race committee for our Laser frostbite fleet, I watched as the Sparkman Stephens 30 quickly ghosted along with hardly a ripple of wake to remind us of its passage. After my breezy test sail, its obvious the boat will reward its owner with good all-around performance, as befits its lineage.
– Clean, Elegant, Herreschoff Style Interior
– Spacious V-berth Forward
– Dual Long Berths in Main Salon with Seatbacks That Convert To Leeboards
– Enclosed Head w/ Holding Tank and Tri-Fold Lexan Privacy Door
– DC Powered Portable Refrigerator
– Large SS Sink
Hull / Deck
– Spacious Cockpit with Exceptional Visibility
– Clean Decks with Lines Run Below Decks
– Navy Blue Gel Coat Hull
– Varnished Teak Toe Rail
– Teak Cockpit Sole
– TackTick Wireless - Wind, Speed, Depth
– Cockpit Cushions
– Aft Deck Cushion
– Varnished Tiller
– Tiller Extension
– Tiller Cover
Rigging / Sails
– Awlgrip White Mast and Boom
– Quantum Flex Performance Battened Mainsail
– Quantum Flex Performance Battened, Self-Tacking Jib
– Asymmetrical spinnaker with endless line furling 175%
– Six-Part Purchase Mainsheet
– Dual Harken Self-Tailing Cabin Top Winches
– Harken Below Deck Headsail Furler
– Harken Deck Hardware
– Mainsail Lazy Jacks
– Mainsail Cover
– Boat Hook
– Dock Lines
– Fender Covers
– Boarding Step
– Life Jackets
Hand-laid E Glass in vinylester resin sandwiches a polymer foam core in both the hull and the deck. To avoid crushing the core and for strength, the through-hulls and deck hardware are fastened through solid glass. Along the center-line the hull is also solid glass. A molded liner drops in for interior stiffeners, and the external lead keel is bolted to a short sump, which gives bilge water a place to go rather than sloshing around in the accommodations.
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.