Harbor 30

2009 September 1
As regular readers will already know, I like small boats. I like the sense of independence and self-reliance they give the operator. Life is reduced to simple terms and the challenges can be very rewarding. This new design from Steven Schock of the Schock family of Southern Californian boatbuilders appears to me to be just the ticket for some enjoyable simple cruising or happy daysailing.

The hull is quite traditional looking with a spoon profile to the bow, but the entry is kept sharp with a half-angle of entry of 18 degrees to help the 30 cleave the water. You can cleave your way through the water or you can just mush along. I like cleaving with a nice, sharply defined bow wave. The D/L is 188, indicating a boat of moderate displacement for its type, and the L/B is 3.01, indicating a beamy boat. The turn of the bilge is firm aft to enhance the form stability of this design. Note that the DWL is long at 26 feet, 2 inches, and the transom tip almost comes down to the DWL, so there is virtually no overhang aft. Keel and rudder are pretty normal with a bulb on the keel fin to help keep the boat on its feet. This is a shapely little hull without exaggerated beam aft for a change. With 6 feet, 3 inches of draft you can be certain that this boat will go to weather well.

The interior layout is simple with an athwartships double berth aft of the engine box. The head is pretty big and includes a generously sized hanging locker for wet gear. There are short settees in the saloon and a V-berth forward. I'm not sure how it would feel to be the first one into that aft berth. Getting out in the middle of the night could be fun though. But if you need a big berth, this is a big one. The brochure says the bunks are 6-feet long. That's just too short for me. My trusty tick strip indicates that the aft double is longer than that.

The rig of this design is very simple. The fractional rig has double spreaders but the upper spreaders are really just jumpers to keep the masthead in line. The jib is on a Hoyt boom that is self-tending and self-vanging, so you can maintain a good shape to the jib even as you ease the sheet. The mainsheet is led to the aft end of the cockpit, making the big cockpit free and clear of clutter, unless you go with the wheel option. Then you will have a pedestal and wheel to move around. I guess I'm just old fashioned but I can see no reason why a tiller would not be ideal for this boat. With a tiller you can lash your sailing knife scabbard under the tiller so that it is always ready for use. How salty is that?

The SA/D of the Harbor 30 is 21.96. If you run out of wind you can fire up the 20-horsepower Yanmar diesel and putt along at a healthy 6.5 knots.

It's a complicated world out there. This Schock Harbor 30 is not complicated. Wouldn't it be nice to cruise this boat for two weeks and live in a very uncomplicated world. "Damn! I forgot my razor."

LOA 30'9"; LWL 26'2"; Beam 9'11"; Draft 6'3"; Displacement 7,500 lbs.; Ballast 3,300 lbs.; Sail area 523 sq. ft.; SA/D 21.96; D/L 188; L/B 3.01; Auxiliary Yanmar 20-hp; Fuel 20 gals.; Water 20 gals.

W.D. Schock Corp., 23125 Temescal Canyon Rd., Corona, CA 92883, (951) 277-3377, www.santanasailboats.com.

OBE: $172,522
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