Harbor 30 Boat Review
The latest in a line of daysailers from the well-respected California builder, the lean Harbor 30 features a nifty self-tending headsail on a Hoyt jib boom but is distinct from its Harbor siblings thanks to the cozy accommodations.
The Harbor 30 was designed by Steven Schock and is the most recent offering from the venerable family business W.D. Schock Corp. Unlike its daysailing siblings, however, the 30 sports a full interior laid out for jaunts to Catalina Island and beyond. For that reason, the company calls the boat the Daysailer Plus.
Harbor 30 The latest in a line of daysailers from the well-respected California builder, this lean 30-footer features a nifty self-tending headsail on a Hoyt jib boom but is distinct from its Harbor siblings thanks to the cozy accommodations.
While there are berths for four adults in a forward V-berth and a long quarter berth, the boat would be ideal for a couple, who’d find the accommodations cozy and charming. One of the really nifty features is a convertible saloon table with corresponding cockpit sockets for outdoor use as well. There are nice details throughout, including a teak-and-holly sole, a tongue-and-groove headliner, and mahogany trim and furniture.
Like the C&C, however, the Harbor 30 really struts its stuff once the sails are set. It was a light-air day on the Chesapeake when we put the boat through its paces, with the breeze never topping 10 knots. But the Harbor 30 acquitted itself well, scooting upwind at a solid 6 knots. Our test boat was laid out with the 4-foot-10-inch shoal-draft keel, and we reckoned there’d be a nice uptick in speed with the optional 6-foot-3-inch foil. Alvah Simon summed up the consensus of his fellow BOTY judges thusly: “This boat stood up well to a very high-aspect rig, and I really liked the feel between the rig and the keel when we were pressed in the little puffs. You could actually feel it powering up. It was a very nice sensation.”
It wasn’t just the visceral pleasure of sailing the Harbor 30, however, that vied for the panel’s attention; the smart and efficient deck layout and sailhandling systems also received high marks. The running rigging is color-coded and easily harnessed by Harken self-tailing winches. Handy lazy jacks corral the mainsail. The furling jib is set off a fixed Hoyt jib boom, which is self-tacking for upwind work and also negates the need for special downwind sails on a dead run (although a spinnaker is also an option). The boomed-out headsail retains its shape perfectly when set wing and wing before the following breeze. The spade rudder has plenty of bite, and the wheel steering is light and responsive. A cut-out transom “door” drops down as a swim platform.
The Harbor 30 costs $200,000 and features a hand-laid hull of E-glass and vinylester resin with carbon-fiber reinforcement in high-load areas. A torpedo ballast bulb is affixed to the business end of the encapsulated lead keel. W.D. Schock has been building boats for over 50 years. This cool little cruiser adds to a lustrous legacy.
LOA 30' 9" (9.37 m.)
LWL 26' 2" (7.96 m.)
Beam 9' 11" (3.02 m.)
Draft 4' 10"/6' 3" (1.47/1.91 m.)
Sail area 535 sq. ft. (49.7 sq. m.)
Ballast 3,300 lb. (1,497 kg.)
Displacement 7,500 lb. (3,402 kg.)
Water 36 gal. (136 l.)
Fuel 20 gal. (76 l.)
Holding 20 gal. (76 l.)
Mast height 56' 0" (17.07 m.)
Engine 20-hp Yammar
Designer Steve Schock P.E.
W.D. Schock Corp
Herb McCormick is CW’s senior editor.