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The Nordica 30 is a double ended, masthead sloop with a full keel and cutaway forefoot. The rudder is a stern hung tiller design.  L.O.A. is 29’ 10” with a L.W.L. of 25’ -1” Some versions were built with a factory installed bowsprit which increases the L.O.A. to 33’. The interior is finished with teak and the layout is generally roomy... more so than most boats of this size and category.  The woodwork inside is not always of the best workmanship and is a common problem with all Nordicas.  The layout includes a galley to port with a propane stove and oven, a single or double sink and a cooler/icebox. A dinette to port and a settee to stbd. which includes a nav station with electric panel. The vessel sleeps 4 in comfort and six maximum. The layout and design of the vessel allows for lots of storage space.  The head clearance of approximately 6’ is reasonable, but limiting to taller persons.

I sail on Great Slave Lake in the Northwest territories and find the boat to be reasonably quick for a moderate displacement hull and is downright fast off the wind. It has a very sea kindly motion and is relatively dry even in the steep waves found here.  Some modifications were done to allow access to all areas of the hull as well to the factory installed scupper drains which are woefully too small (1/2 inch) to be of any use. The factory supplied Volvo / 17 hp diesel was replaced with a new 27 hp Yanmar. All in all, a very forgiving boat that handles very well.

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The comments above are reprinted from the “Midgetclub” owners review written by Guy Aerts. You can see more photos of his boat “Overproof” in the photos section.                                                        Thanks Guy 

Seems like the boat in this advertisement on the right lost a foot somewhere in it measurements. The original Lynaes literature also refers to the boat as a “29” rather than “30.”

Spinnakers were a part of the optional equipment offered.

We’re looking for a good copy of an original price list for the N-30’s. If you have one or know of one, let’s hear from you.

The Nordica sales brochure above-left and to the right shows a well outfitted 30 footer with sails filled, a dodger, roller furling and a wood (teak-?) cap rail.  Other models were sold with an aluminum formed toe rail with multiple “splits” to permit the bends necessary especially on the stern.

A molded in colored trim stripe was part of the hull design.  Mast and aluminum spars were built by Cinkel and have internal halyards with exits to port. The cockpit coaming ridge required “thru holes” to extend lines into the cockpit area. With a dodger in place, the cockpit area is reasonably protected from adverse weather however the mainsheet traveler limits the position of the dodger frame and the actual amount of protection that can be achieved.

Cruising along in “Overproof

Here’s a couple of views from the deck of “Pilgrim” owned by C. Tirtirau.

Someone’s added a nice teak dorade box to help the air flow thru the cabin.


The view on the right shows the lines being led thru the cockpit coaming for easier cockpit access.

Heading for the dock with a full crew on “Pilgrim

Here’s another great view of “Overproof” in the two photos above and to the right from Guy Aerts. Days like this make the cold, wet and rough days all worthwhile. Guy is a long time Nordica sailor and admirer. He has previously owned a N-20 that he sailed out of Yellowknife, NT by the name of “Artic Dancer” - He said that’s what convinced him to move up to the N-30 when he had the chance. He admits to his love affair with his boat and the work (pleasure) of maintaining her in excellent condition.

Christian also commented on his pleasant surprise in finding that “Pilgrim” actually sailed a bit faster than he expected and that she sailed very well in hard winds. It’s great to hear these reports from owners who are speaking from experience, confidence and satisfaction in their choices.

Thanks for the great photos Christian.. We hope you will keep us posted on your travels and experiences in the future with this great looking boat.

Some of you may have seen a brokers site showing that “Pilgrim” is for sale again.... Sounds like plans have changed once more for Christian and he’s looking for a good home for her. Now’s your chance!                         - LM

Here’s a couple more photos of “Pilgrim” with the cap’n at the helm (left)  Was that you on the end of that yellow line serving as an anchor Christian?


Pilgrim” is a 1983 Nordica 30 and was purchased last year in Montreal. She looks to be in fine shape and is now being prepared by her owner for some significant passages in the future.

If you have made in the past or are planning to make any open ocean passages in a Nordica, we’d like to hear from you. We could all learn from your stories - especially if some of them were true!

Did you ever wonder how “lazy jacks” got their name? Not everyone has them but anytime you can get more than one use out of something on your boat, it’s a good deal!

Judging by the looks of the water, there wasn’t much use in hoisting the sails anyway!

We’re still looking forward to seeing some more photos sometime from “Branwein” as well as pics from some of the other N-30 owners. Interior and exterior views are welcomed and if you’ve done some special modifications, that’s always of interest.

Very similiar hull (Midget-31) but a totally different layout and interior facilities. 

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I first heard from Cap’n Bisson last year with a question about the cutlass bearing on his Nordica 30 - At the time he was somewhere near one of the many islands of the Bahama’s and looking to set sail again soon.

His email contact opportunities were rather minimal at the time and I just sent him what I knew and until this month had not heard from him again.

Sounds like the life we all think about but so few actually carry thru and take on the waters of the world. While he didn’t identify what “ocean” he was in at the time, he did manage to get this nice photo from someone close to his boat.

Will try to get more information from the Cap’n to see where his N-30 has traveled.

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