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First impressions of the Q30 – the Q28 has grown up

The Q28 – predecessor of the new Q30 – is doubtless a very fast and capable boat – especially for her size. It gives you the thrill of dinghy sailing and you sometimes feel like flying at low altitude. The new Q30 was planned to be as quick, but both easier to sail and quicker to set up – and as easy as the Q28 on land, transport, stepping up the mast etc. The development-package to get from the Q28 to the Q30 includes:

• Slightly longer boat to level puffs and shifts • Longer mast for extreme light conditions • Two independent foils instead of one (both in, both out, or deploying prior to tacks and jibes) • Folding rack with easy tramp tensioning (racks hide under fullcover when boat is lying on moring or harbour) • Mainsail storing on boom, furler and cover for jib and more comfort for the crew • Slightly bigger bulb for more stability and sailing for fun with small crew or even singlehanded • Advanced and upgraded layout

Conclusion: In normal conditions the new boat is to sail and handle like a conventional sportsboat for lakes. All the new items work perfectly and has to be altered only in details.

Sailing performance: The new boat has grown up. The dinghy like stop and go characteristic of the 28‘ is leveled. Although the Q30 is very fast, you hear no sound, it makes no waves literally. Even backwash is not whispering if the crew is placed the right way. Little wake she is just cutting thanks to her almost skinny hull shape. You have to have a look at your speedo to notice how fast you go.

Launching the boat in the light going upwind is an easy exercise compared to the 28‘ with her minimal sized and thin fin. Especially upwind in lighter conditions the new boat is very fast – without any fuss – constant speeds of 7kts and peaks of 7.8kts with a good and concentrated crew are well possible. Downwind those boats are very fast for their size anyway, as they overcome individual hullspeed barrier very easily – long before other conventional comparable sportsboats start to leave the displacement mode. The foil is efficient but works much more discreetly than on the 28. It is well immersed and if feels like drag is minimised even more. You can boost lift by increasing the angle of attack. This you do by moving the crew just a bit to the aft.

Maybe the new 30 is not faster than the 28’ when you talk about the speed peaks downwind under kite but in the racing situation, averaged over a longer distance – I will bet that the 30’ will be quicker than the 28’. Although of course it always depends who is driving. The future will tell. For normal amateur sailors like us, the new boat seems to be the right one, as unlocking the potential in the conditions we sail most of the time has become much easier.