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)