Elizabethan 30

Designer David Thomas’s fi rst commercial success was the most popular ‘Liz’

for good reason, and still sought-after today. She made her début in 1969

and production ended in the mid-1970s. She is a masthead cruiser-racer

with a moderate fi n keel and skeg hung rudder. She has a high ballast ratio

and feels very stiff. She has well balanced handling and good performance,

particularly when the wind picks up. The accommodation offers six berths in

two cabins with a reasonable heads compartment amidships and adequate

cooking facilities. Headroom is unusually good, at over 6ft (1.8m). Build

quality is good and Elizabethan 30s tend to hold their value. In the early days,

a few Elizabethan 9-metres were built. These were tuned-up racing versions

of the 30, with a deeper keel, rod rigging, a trim tab and a slightly taller rig.

9m (29ft 6in) LWL 7.3m (24ft) Beam 2.8m (9ft 3in) Draught 1.5m (5ft)

Displacement 3,305kg (7,840lb)