Caribbea 30 by Dudley Dix

GRP or timber or plywood cruiser

Length overall30' 2"9.2 m
Waterline length26'7.9 m
Beam10'3.05 m
Draft5' 9"1.75 m
Ballast weight2976 lbs1350 kg
Displacement7443 lbs3376 kg
Sail area408 sq. ft.37.90 m2
Hull construction Plywood, Cold moulded, Foam sandwich



A versatile little cruiser

  • Round bilge GRP or timber
  • Multi-chine plywood
  • 4 Alternative keels to suit proposed sailing
  • 3 Interior layouts
  • Fin, wing or bulb keels from 1.2m (3'11") to 1.75m (5'9") draft
  • Inboard or outboard rudder
  • Fractional or masthead rig
  • Great coastal or tradewind cruiser for shorthanding

Versatility was kept in mind throughout the design process of this boat, to give a range of options to suit requirements.

Hull shape was developed to maximise interior space relative to hull length while maintaining good hydrodynamic qualities. The waterline is fairly fine forward for beating ability but the forward sections flare above waterline to give reserve bouyancy and a dry ride. This flare works with a shallow forefoot and powerfull quarters to give excellent downwind control and speed while also maintaining a balanced waterplane when heeled.

Displacement will vary a small amount depending on the construction material chosen but will not be far different from the figure given.

Overall this design provides a fast and comfortable small cruiser which is easily handled for short-handed cruising. She has optional reduced draft to get into most anchorages and has ocean crossing capability to get there in the first place.

Caribbea 30

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