Serenade: Our sloop rigged 30' Lancer sailboat
Specifications, features and projects
(for complementary boating products such as 12v lighting
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Serenade is our 30' fiberglass sloop, manufactured by Lancer Yachts of California in 1975.
Lancer had apparently bought the rights to use the C&C hull designs, so her pedigree is solid.
Powered by a conventional marconi masthead rig, she performs well in light airs and is comfortable to
cruise in. The steering is perfectly balanced, with almost no weatherhelm under any conditions. She has plenty of
sail area, and a sleek canoe hull with a deep fin keel and high aspect ratio spade rudder. All lines lead back to
the cockpit, and she single hands very easily, especially with the wireless remote control autohelm.
The self-draining cockpit is spacious, the seats are also long enough to sleep on and are fully covered by the
bimini structure. There is full standing headroom in the cockpit (boom is above bimini) and in the salon down
below. She sleeps 5 in 2 double beds (v-berth and extendable settee) and 1 quarterberth.
The galley includes a 3 burner stainless steel propane range top with oven, stainless sink with running water
(foot or hand pump), and large icebox.
The double leaf folding salon table is quite large, with plenty of room for 4 people and a big dinner serving.
When the weather is cool, the propane fireplace adds warmth and good cheer, and greatly extends the cruising
She has a separate bathroom with toilet, sink and tap, with a holding tank waste management system.
The electrical system is powered by a high quality solar system, and the four stroke gasoline engine on the
stern doubles as a reasonably quiet generator if the solar panel hasn't fully recharged the large banks of deep
cycle batteries (never happened yet). It can also be disconnected with a switch so that it only charges its
She has a renovated interior, and the hull has been refinished, with a new keel mounting framework
that is stronger than the original factory installation. There are no salt water leaks below the
waterline and her bilges are dry; there are no osmosis blisters on the hull, and she has a fresh coat of ablative
|Length Overall (LOA)
|Length Waterline (LWL)
|Total working sail area
||560 sq ft
||190 sq ft
|150 Genoa jib sail area
||370 sq ft
|Storm jib sail area
||156 sq ft
|SA/D (sail area/displacement ratio - main + Genoa)
|D/L (displacement/waterline length ratio)
|BR (displacement/ballast ratio)
|Theoretical maximum hull speed
|Theoretical angle of vanishing stability
|Motion comfort ratio
Front and rear views of hull, rudder and fin keel profile - note fresh ablative bottom paint