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Mainship got it right with the 30 Pilot, a Down East-style cruiser whose practical layout and affordable price catapulted her into the ranks of classic small-boat designs. Built on a solid fiberglass, semi-displacement hull with a prop-protecting skeg, the Pilot is suited to a variety of uses. A large cockpit makes her a competent fish or dive platform, and her economical operation and comfortable accommodations appeal to weekend cruisers. Dont look for a lot of glitz in the Pilotthis is a basic boat with modest amenities and average workmanship. The cabin was originally arranged with a V-berth/dinette forward, a good-sized head, and a teak-and-holly cabin sole. In 2003, the updated Series II Pilot featured a cherry interior and a revised cabin layout with a V-berth that folds in half when not in use. (The Series II also incorporates a shortened keel, propeller tunnel, and a five-blade prop.) Early models with a single 170hp Yanmar diesel will cruise at 14 knots (1617 knots top), and those with a 230hp Yanmar cruise at 16 knots (1920 knots top). Series II models with a 315hp Yanmar cruise at 1718 knots (low 20s top).
Overview Best-selling diesel express with handsome Downeast styling makes good on promise of economical operation, common-sense accommodations.
Features Compact cabin with U-shaped settee, full galley, stand-up head with shower sleeps two. Updated Pilot II model (introduced in 2003) boasts revised cabin layout with folding V-berth, shortened keel section, hull prop pocket.
Comments Note good engine access, tall windshield, wide decks.
Performance Early models with 170hp Yanmar cruise at 1314 knots; Pilot II models with 315hp Yanmar cruise at 1618 knots.