30' Sailing Dory
There are three versions of this design, the original gaff ketch version, the revised pilothouse sloop and the gaff-rigged
version of the pilothouse sloop. The gaff ketch has a small aft cabin, providing separation for guests or kids. For a
voyaging version, I would suggest that the interior of the Marconi sloop, with a chart table like the gaff sloop in place
of the inside helm, would be the best choice. It is a slightly smaller version of what is in the 34' Badger and has similar
practical separation of the spaces.
|Design Number 32|
1967 & 2002
The ketch shows the lead ballast fin keel. The Marconi sloop shows the concrete and scrap-metal ballasted fin keel. The
gaff sloop has a long keel and either lead or concrete and scrap-metal for ballast.
The indicated displacement is in coastal cruising use. For voyaging, I would assume that she would get loaded down a fair
bit, like Badger, with the stores and supplies needed for such service. Fortunately, these dories take this loading
gracefully, not unlike their predecessors the working dories which set out light and returned carrying tons of fish.
The raised deck versions, designed with both a tombstone transom (30'-5") and the double-ender (31'-8") have junk rigs,
single or double masted, available. While they might be thought of as a "Baby Badger" they are capable boats in their own
right, whilst not having quite as much carrying capacity as the 34-footer. Still, they would make good voyaging and
This simple-to-construct, no-nonsense little 30-footer will perform well. Though flat-bottomed in dory fashion, when she's
heeled over, she presents a "v" to the water, and will move along at quite a good clip. She has 2,400 pounds of lead ballast
in her keel, with plywood, hard chine construction over sawn frames. She has an enclosed head, functional galley & a roomy
area for dining and lounging.