A new family cruiser, the GT30 is a yacht with strong pedigree. Conceived as a successor to the Sadler 290, the GT30 is a robust coastal cruiser with long legs.
In commissionning the GT30, it was felt that the Sadler 290 could have benefitted from a little more room inside so after discussions with Stephen Jones, the overall length is now 30 feet and together with a much greater waterline length, the internal volume has increased significantly. The internal layout is similar to the Sadler 290, but more room in all corners.
The forward cabin has a large double berth, benefitting from a wider foot area due to the GT Yachts' trademark deck accessed bosuns' locker forward of the cabin. There are shelves outboard port and starboard and a hanging locker and seat complete this cabin.
Aft of the forward cabin to port is the heads compartment. A good size heads for a 30 foot yacht, the door opens opposite a stowage locker to starboard. As an option, this stowage locker can be converted to a trotter box to accommodate a full length berth on the starboard side saloon seating. To port in the saloon is a good size "L" shaped settee which wraps around the saloon table. On this side the seating is a useful sea berth if required.
Aft of the saloon to starboard is a full navigation station, again, ubiquitous on a GT yacht but rare on a 30 foot yacht these days. A decent chart table and navigation area is essential if you're regularly doing more than simply weekend sailing. To port is the seamanlike galley, with an aft facing "L" shaped worktop and good bracing all round. Access to the wet locker is made by reaching across the galley top through an opening in the bulkhead - a particularly clever place to have this essential feature.
Aft and to starboard is the aft cabin. A good cabin, with shelves, hanging locker and seat with full double berth. To port is a large cruising cockpit locker.
Length (overall) 9.14m (30')
Length (waterline) 8.69m (28'6")
Beam 3.4m (11'2")
Draught [Bilge keels] 1.35m (4'5")
Displacement (loaded) 5,500kg
Lead ballast 2,200kg
Sail Area 50m2
Designer Stephen Jones
On deck, the cockpit is fully enclosed with a fold down transom. This ensures good access from both the pontoon and the water as well as maintaining a dry and safe cockpit at sea. A simple main sheet system is forward of the companionway, with the sheet led forward to the mast. The sheet is then led aft to the cockpit with other lines. All lines from the mast are run under a cover, keeping the deck realtively clear. Plenty of deck hatches allow light into the cabins and saloon.
If you're looking for a highly capable family cruiser that will keep you safe and reward you with good sailing ability then this is the boat for you. Lead ballast for excellent stability characteristics and offered with bilge keels as standard configuration.