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Specifications

Name: 30 Pilot
Length: 30
Hull Type: Semi-Disp.
Gross Weight: --
Fuel Capacity: 175 gals.
Model Years: 1998—2008
Draft: --
Beam: 10'3"
Water Capacity: 40 gals.
Waste Capacity: 13 gals.
Length w/ Pulpit: 33'1"
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. Don’t look for a lot of glitz in the Pilot—this 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 (16–17 knots top), and those with a 230hp Yanmar cruise at 16 knots (19–20 knots top). Series II models with a 315hp Yanmar cruise at 17–18 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 13–14 knots; Pilot II models with 315hp Yanmar cruise at 16–18 knots.

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