Etap 30

In many people’s view, this was the best yacht Etap produced – and although

she lacks an aft cabin, she was far ahead of her time in many other respects,

not least her easily-driven hull, designed by Jac de Ridder, which was streets

ahead of most other 30ft cruisers when she was launched, in 1983. She

handles delightfully on all points of sail and is still a fairly fast cruiser for her

length by today’s standards. The hull’s high freeboard is effectively masked

by a thick gunwale stripe and the low-profile cabin top gives her an almost

racy appearance. Down below she has five sea-berths (or six at anchor),

including a quarterberth, and a heads compartment amidships. The galley

is spacious and seamanlike, and she has a very practical chart table. Etap’s

tendency towards short coachroofs means that headroom in the heads and

forecabin is restricted but it is fair in other parts of the boat The standard

of fit-out is good, with solid teak trim, but stowage, as always with these

double-skinned yachts, is limited.

LoA 9.1m (30ft) LWL 7.7m (25ft 1in) beam 3.2m (10ft 4in) Draught 1.7m (5ft 1in)

Displacement 3,600kg (7,920lb)