|Tax Status:||Tax Paid|
Walton on the Naze Essex UK|
Reluctantly, and with a very heavy heart, I am selling my beloved Mount Gay 30
The Whitbread 30/Mount Gay 30 class was conceived in the early 1990s as a new ‘box rule’ racing class, equally suited to either fully crewed round the cans, or long distance offshore short handed or solo racing. It is loosely a half size version of the Whitbread 60s which were racing round the world at the time in what is now the Volvo Ocean Race.
Wildwood was built in 1997 and is almost certainly the best example – in her original design, construction, current spec and condition – you will find anywhere. Designed by Steven Jones, she is quite distinctly different from others of this class. She is quite narrow on the waterline and flared in the topsides, which makes her a much better all-round boat than others which are typically optimised for blasting downwind. She will sail past most 40 footers in most conditions.
She is built in epoxy cedar strip with quadaxial epoxy glass inside and out – so has the maintenance needs of a fibreglass boat but with much better durability and longevity than her foam sandwich counterparts. With minimal looking after she will last indefinitely.
I bought her in a slightly neglected state, and have put an enormous amount of time, effort and money into getting her to the condition she is now in. The following has been done since I bought her in 2015:
Assorted minor repairs to the hull and deck, topsides repainted where necessary and polished (looks like a new spray finish), deck re-coated with west system, primed and re-painted. All the fittings were off during this work, so everything has been recently re-bedded and nothing leaks.
Raymarine i70 instruments and EV200 smart autopilot with course computer and permanently mounted ram below the cockpit floor fitted 2018.
Raymarine Hybrid touch 9” chart plotter fitted 2018 also
Reconditioned Beta 14hp engine fitted 2017
2016-2017 entire boat re-wired and new switch panel built
New rod standing rigging, and SK99 dyneema backstays 2018
Jabsco compact toilet 2018
Gas system replaced and gas stowage re-located to the aft end of the cockpit 2016
Inside of the coachroof stripped to bare wood and re-varnished 2018
Water ballast system refurbished (300 litres per side) and ballast pump replaced
Plus countless other small jobs... I am a highly skilled professional having worked in the marine industry all my life so everything has been done to an exemplary standard.
Wildwood really is the ultimate passage making weapon. I have regularly seen AVERAGE speeds in double figures over quite long distances, but with it she is astonishingly well mannered, and will look after herself on autopilot, even in big seas downwind. Some examples:
In this video, I hit 17 knots on a surf, under main alone, TWS 22kts, autopilot steering and cuppa being consumed: This was on a passage between Poole and Brighton, I completed the section between Selsey Bill and Brighton at a 12 knot average.
The clips in this one were taken on 3 consecutive days during which I covered a total of 160 miles, single handed at an almost 9 knot average, with a mixture of upwind, reaching and downwind
And this last one was filmed on passage from Alderney to Salcombe, 78 mile passage completed in bang on 8 hours
Then there are light airs... with the big masthead kite she will build apparent wind and do 8kts boatspeed in 5kts true wind. Yes, you did read that correctly.
Lots of boats are quick, but I have never come across another which has such an exceptional combination of passage making capability and impeccable manners. For me she has been the perfect fast cruising boat, and I have only come to the decision to sell as I am hanging up my sailing boots for a while at least and focusing on other things.
You will be hard pushed to find another sailing machine this good at anything like this level of expenditure. I am going to be extremely sad to see her go.
|Vessel type:||Whitbread/Mount Gay 30|
|Model:||Mount Gay 30|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Engine model:||BETA 14|
|Drive type:||Sail drive|
|Length over all:||30'|
|Length at waterline:||26'|
|Maximum draft:||6' 6"|
|Keel type:||Fin Keel|
Forepeak is open plan with heads, pipe cot and sail storage, wrap-around galley aft of the main bulkhead, saloon berth, chart table under bridge deck/on top of engine box, small double berth to port quarter.
Currently configured as two single berths and one small double, however the original pipe cot quarter berths (not currently fitted) are included in the sale. The small double quarter berth unbolts and the original pipe cots can be fitted to revert back to the original 5 single berth layout with about an hour's work.
Epoxy cedar strip hull with quadaxial epoxy glass inside and out. Double diagonal khaya mahogany coachroof, varnished internally and epoxy glass sheathed externally. Plywood deck on western red cedar beams. Structurally in perfect condition and requires no more maintenance than a GRP equivalent, as everything is covered in epoxy.
Reconditioned Beta 14hp twin cylinder diesel engine, fitted 2018.
Aluminium mast with double spreaders and jumper struts.
New rod standing rigging, and SK99 dyneema backstays 2018
Racing suit, Kevlar main and carbon blade jib made in 2012 but both hoisted less than a dozen times and virtually as new.
Performance cruising suit, Hydranet woven Dyneema – tri-radial main and blade jib made in 2018. Not even a full season’s use and also virtually as new.
3x older No1s, all good serviceable condition
Older mylar laminate No3 blade, good serviceable cruising/delivery condition.
Dacron No4, good serviceable condition
Storm jib and trysail in orange dacron, don’t think they have ever been hoisted
Masthead asymmetric kite, fairly old but good
Fractional kite, old but solid
Laminate masthead code zero, 2014, very good