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Whether you fish, dive, or cruise, the Pilot 30-II can fit the bill. The Open Express' elongated cockpit will allow for plenty of anglers and the wide covering boards will accept a battalion of rod holders. A fresh water washdown and optional swim platform with ladder will please the diver and his crew and the bridgedeck settees will double as extra bunks for the overflow of family and friends or just a great place to tune up a tan.
Yanmar 240HP and 315 HP Deisel engines also available
Mainship Pilot 30 Series IIBy Scott ShaneOctober 3, 2007
Mainship's new Pilot 30 Series II screams New England but is built in Florida. The employee-owned company has created a boat reminiscent of weekenders in style at a price that does not preclude her from taking on second boat status.
This redesign had extensive retooling below the waterline, including a shortened keel, a tighter shaft angle, a tunnel draft and a new five-blade prop. The changes allow the Pilot 30 to sneak into skinny water.
In the cabin, attention was given to creature comforts beyond day boat capabilities. The unique folding queen berth with innerspring mattress does not impede movement about the cabin. The galley includes a top-loading refrigerator, a range, a microwave and below-counter stowage. Headroom is an issue on many cruisers this size, but the Pilot 30 offers a reasonable 6 feet, 3 inches of clearance.
Corian finishes the vanity countertop in the head, which also has an integral shower and an electric MSD.
There are many options, including a genset, reverse cycle air and heat, a bow thruster and a fully enclosed sedan package that transforms this quaint, spacious express into a complete cruiser. The more mundane options are an oil-change system, a windlass and internal sea strainers.
Mainship Corp., (800) 578-0852; fax (904) 827-2157; www.mainship.com.
Author: BoatingWorld Staff
Ã¢ If it ainâ€™t broke, donâ€™t fix it.Ã¢ Â That phrase could well be attributed to a New Englander. The land of staunch traditionalism has produced some classic nautical styles, most notably the lobster boat. Thereâ€™s something about that vesselâ€™s timeless look that draws you in. When Mainship introduced its Pilot 30 about five years ago, the model faithfully reproduced the Down East lines and lineage. It was an immediate hit. So, why tamper with success? The original Pilot 30 was conceived as a day boat. Yes, it did have basic V-berth sleeping accommodations for two. As owner experience accumulated, though, feedback to the company was that the size of the boat easily lent itself to overnighting. People were buying Pilot 30s to use as cottages on the water for weekending. But a few things could be tweaked, buyers said. For example, that 4 inch foam pad on the berth might not have bothered a stiff-backed Yankee seafarer, but weekend boaters want more. Mainshipâ€™s designers acted on those suggestions â€” and the Series II was born. It retains the tradition of the original, but makes some significant improvements. If youâ€™re adhering to tradition, making 15 or 16 knots is a fine, stately speed. In todayâ€™s world, however, weekends are too short, and we donâ€™t want to spend most of our time getting where weâ€™re going. It was an engineering challenge for Mainship to kick it up a notch, but the company managed to increase the cruising speed on the Series II by about half again. To do this, the hull was redesigned to accommodate more powerful engines. The Pilot 30 now offers a range of Cummins and Yanmar diesel packages, from 220 to 315 hp. The Mainship Pilot has a well-defined keel with a skeg that protects the running gear against damage from grounding. The keel on the original Pilot 30 gave the boat a draft of 3 feet, 3 inches. In the Series II, itâ€™s only 2 feet, 8 inches. I suspected this might affect the tracking and stability of the hull â€” and those were characteristics that impressed me about the original when I gave it a sea trial five years ago. Happily, I found the Series II to be equally true-tracking and stable. To compensate for the reduced draft, Mainship created a prop tunnel and improved the keelâ€™s aft fairing. I put the boat through a series of figure-eight turns and tight maneuvers running at 20 knots. There was little lean. Its tracking ability is very predictable and confident â€” and just as impressive as the original. Faster Is Fun Our test boat was powered by a single Yanmar 315 SE Diesel, rated at 315 hp. With a half tank of fuel and two people on board, we hit a top speed of 26 knots. Although the Pilot 30 rides with a slight bow-high attitude, in part because of its upswept forward lines, a little bit of trim tab improved visibility at cruising speed. Off the line, the boat reached 20 knots in six seconds. Midrange acceleration was also very good. Boats with a large keel can be difficult to maneuver at slow speed. One option Iâ€™d highly recommend for the Pilot 30 Series II is a bow thruster. Mainship reports that almost every Pilot 30 that leaves the factory has one. With our test boatâ€™s bow thruster, I was easily able to position the boat for docking. Small, Yet Spacious The Pilot 30â€™s cockpit has ample space for entertaining, fishing or whatever. A pair of facing bench seats lines the upper level. A couple of kids could bunk on them for overnighting. The seats can be served by a removable table that does double duty in the cabin. It can fold for cocktails or open for dinner. Optional bench seats are available for the aft corners of the lower cockpit. These are included in the Luxury Edition package, as are pedestal bucket seats for the helm and passenger side, instead of bench seats. Let the hardcore traditionalists obsess over topside wood and brightwork. You wonâ€™t find any on the new Pilot 30. This is a boat thatâ€™s built for minimal maintenance. Railings, fittings and portlight frames are stainless steel. Deck cleaning is an easy hose-down. With a nod to tradition, though, you will find attractive simulated wood graining on the steering wheel, throttle base and helm switch panel. The Series II cabin changes include a switch from the Ã¢ old saltÃ¢ Â teak woodwork to a lighter, more modern cherry interior trim. It brightens the space considerably. That, along with the cherry and holly sole, is standard. Another bright note is in the head. A large overhead portlight floods the space with a surprising amount of light. The galley features a single-burner electric stove, a microwave oven, a deep stainless steel sink with hot and cold pressurized water, and a top-loading refrigerator â€” all standard equipment. Thereâ€™s a fair amount of cabinet space, too. The cabin has 6 feet, 2 inches of headroom at its highest point. When the table is set up, four adults can dine in the U-shaped seating area, with a comfortable amount of elbow room. Saving the Best for Last? OK, you ask â€” what about the mattress? That 4 inch foam pad I mentioned earlier (on the old Pilot 30) also jutted into the cabin. For the Series II model, Mainshipâ€™s designers came up with a clever aluminum frame that folds the mattress in half, to avoid this waste of space. The mechanism easily pulls in and out. And whatâ€™s even better, the berth now has a queen-size innerspring mattress â€” and it accepts standard queen-size bedding. When you lift the bed frame, there is easy access to the bow thruster, the hot water heater and the optional air conditioner. I was happy to see that the thickness of the mattress and the berth base absorbed most of the air-conditioning compressor noise. Over and above the base-priced boat, the Pilot 30 Series II has two factory option packages. The Sport Edition includes the bow thruster, bottom paint and a swim platform, among other things. In the Luxury Edition group, you get air conditioning, a Bimini top and enclosure, a custom color hull and an electronics package. You can also order the boat with an optional sedan hardtop and a generator. If you love the traditional look of Down East lobster yachts, but want a little more contemporary comfort and speed, Mainshipâ€™s new Pilot 30 Series II will give you much to like. CONTACT: Mainship Corp., St. Augustine, FL; (800) 578-0852; www.mainship.com
The Mainship Pilot 30 II is a likeable boat. In concept and handling it is very much like the French ACM series.
Issue: December 2003
The Mainship people call this a 'downeast, inboard boat'. By downeast I assume they're referring to the US East Coast, which has a great tradition of trawler-type yachts adapted from wooden workboats of the first half of the 20th Century. I'm a longtime subscriber to Wooden Boat magazine, which tells me more than I need to know about traditional craft in the US, but that does not qualify me to comment on whether the Mainship 30 II is derived from a Maine lobsterboat, a Nantucket Hobgoblin, or a Narragansett Boondoggle.
The hull certainly has classic lines; this is the Sedan model, but the Pilot (same hull, open cockpit) is even more reminiscent of workboats of decades ago. The traditional ingredients are a warpedplane hull (flatter deadrise at the stern than forward towards the bow), which also features a skeg and what the builders call a 'full sandshoe' for prop protection. You have a choice of three engines ' single 220hp Cummins and single Yanmars of 240hp, or 315hp.Â
The joy of warped-plane hulls is that they never feel underpowered, because there is no planing transition the hull feels comfortable whether it is using 100 or 300hp. The Mainship is happy at any speed and any throttle opening. The test boat had the 240hp Yanmar, which is good for a top of 21 knots and a cruise of 15-16. I assume this hull would be equally happy with the Cummins. This boat is fitted with the optional bow thruster, which should eliminate any doubt you may have about dealing with prop-walk while docking a single-screw boat. The layout is unusual.Â
Downstairs you have a central double berth, which folds out for use. I've never seen anything quite like this. You lift the (folded) bed with the aid of gas struts; the front half of the mattress folds out from beneath and rests on a sliding aluminium frame, which stiffens the structure. Her saloon is also a bathroom and shower and there's a single-burner electric stove, microwave and fridge. An inverter was being wired in at the time of the test. You can seat four around the table, which has four folding leaves to save space. The cockpit/cabin is enclosed by roll-down clears aft.Â
There are chairs for the helmsman and the observer and two longitudinal settees for anyone else. These also provide the backup beds. Helmsman's seat swivels and is adjustable fore and aft, a good idea because the pedestal is set well back from the wheel. You sit high; the standard footrest is essential. The engine hatch is long and narrow and also lifts on struts. The boat is delivered with two batteries, one for starting and one for the boat. The importers fit four extra, bringing the total to six.Â
The interior is trimmed in cherry; there is not a lot of trim, but externally the Mainship has no timber. In fact, there is nothing that is not essential; this is a straightforward boat with no hidden tricks and would be easy to own. So how does she handle ? You push the throttle forward and the turbo Yanmar wakes from its sleep and the boat accelerates. As it does so the bow lifts, in the style of all warped-plane hulls, but the bow does not rise far enough to obscure the helmsman's view, which is not always the case.Â
The trim tabs were out of action on the day of our run, but they were not needed. Usually their job is to lower the nose when cruise speed is reached, but the boat's handling did not seem to be impaired by their absence. The Mainship corners flat, which I always reckon is good for safety and for not scaring the kids. Deepvee hulls counter centrifugal force when they lean into a turn; a warped-planer subjects the occupants to centrifugal force and the occupants have to learn to lean when the boat turns.Â
There is a step, or lip in the hull topsides, which throws the bow wave down and away at all speeds. The Mainship does this better than most, whether the bow wave starts at the cutwater when she's moving at jogging speed, or further aft when she's up and running. We could not find a seaway to test the ride, because offshore winter westerlies had flattened the seas inshore and all the way to New Zealand as far as I know.Â
The guys who delivered the boat to and from Sydney for the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show found the Mainship to be a good offshore boat. Warped plane boats are good offshore, because you can dial up the exact speed you want for comfortable cruising as the hull does not drop off the plane when it buries the nose into the back of a wave and has to be coaxed up to speed again.Â
This boat is for sale at $260,000. The importers had ticked quite a few boxes on the options list, including the 240hp Yanmar, bow thruster, electric anchor winch, electric sump pump-out, dripless shaft log, swim platform and the extra batteries. The Mainship Pilot 30 II is a likeable boat. In concept and handling it is very much like the French ACM series, but in style and execution it is different, this is a more traditional-looking boat with simpler detailing.Â
The open-backed cabin, with clears to keep out the drafts, is a sensible setup for Australian waters. The open boat too is really pretty (especially in dark hull colours) and it would make sense in our climate. It's a lot warmer chasing the bream Down Under than chasing those lobsters off Maine, New England, whatever the time of year.Â
Words Â by Barry TranterÂ
Timeless styling, along with a size and accommodations that customers moving up from smaller models or down from larger ones can both appreciate, have kept Mainship's Pilotâ„¢ 30 a popular model.
The design is a product of Mainship's in-house staff. To my eye, this is a good looking design that stands on its own, but is clearly influenced by working craft such as New England's lobster and bass boats, and the model's likely namesake - the "pilot" boats used to transport harbor pilots to and from ships entering and leaving harbors around the world.
The express (open bridgedeck and cockpit) version was introduced in 1998 and the sedan model (pictured), with her enclosed bridgedeck, was added in 2000. Although not immediately apparent, the model underwent another revision in 2003 which included a shortening of the keel, a prop pocket to reduce draft and shaft angle, and interior rearrangements.
The Pilotâ„¢ 30 is a very versatile boat that adapts easily to a wide range of boating interests from day trips to fishing, diving and weekend cruising.
Mainship controls costs by keeping their construction methods traditional and the Pilotâ„¢ 30 is no exception. The hull is laminated with chopped strand mat and woven roving fiberglass cloth with Coremat above the waterline and high quality gelcoat to help prevent osmotic blistering. The hull is reinforced with plywood bulkheads and four longitudinal plywood stringers.
Bulkheads are attached with fiberglass cloth and resin and stringers are encased in and attached with fiberglass and resin. Drain holes through stringers and bulkheads are coated with plastic resin to prevent water penetrating the wood core. Even so, this can be a potential problem area if the bilges are not kept clean and dry.
The cabin and deck are molded with chopped strand mat, fiberglass cloth and resin with balsa and plywood core for strength, rigidity and light weight. The hull and deck are assembled with 3-M 5200 adhesive sealant and sheet metal fasteners on 8-inch centers. The quality of the fit and finish I have seen on several of these models has varied from marginal to well done, although quality control does seem to have improved on newer models.
The more people you try to please with any design, the more compromises that will have to be made. So it is with the deck arrangement of the Pilotâ„¢ 30, but this is still an efficient use of space. The foredeck is small but incorporates a pulpit for easy storage, launch and retrieval of the anchor as well as a foredeck anchor locker. The cockpit, which measures slightly over 8 feet wide and 4' 6" long, will be tight for fishermen and divers but it is very well thought out and balances well with other accommodations. Cleats are positioned so they can't injure passengers and hawse holes are provided.
A transom door was added in 2000 and is a real benefit for boarding via the optional swim platform. The bridgedeck provides a separate captain's seat to starboard and mate's seat to port as well as port and starboard longitudinal bench seats.
Below deck sleeping and dining accommodations are forward with galley and head aft. The 2003 interior redesign replaced the combination V-berth/dinette with a small permanent berth forward followed by a separate dinette. The original port galley and starboard head were swapped side-for-side with the redesign. Headroom, which can be an issue on boats this size, isn't on the Pilotâ„¢ 30. There is 6' 3" clearance throughout most of the main cabin.
Three different auxiliary diesel engines have been offered on the Pilotâ„¢ 30 including 175-hp and 230-hp Yanmar or 220-hp Cummins models. All are efficient with very good weight to horsepower ratios with readily available service throughout the country. Machinery access is marginal and gets even tighter with the addition of an optional auxiliary generator and extra battery.
Cruising speed will range from 13 to 17 knots depending on engine option and loading, and the 175-gallon fuel capacity results in a rather impressive cruising range of better than 400 miles at a 13-knot cruise.
In its first year of production the Pilotâ„¢ 30 encountered noise and vibration problems particularly on boats equipped with larger Yanmar engines. The cause seemed to be insufficient propeller tip clearance and was addressed and repaired under warranty by Mainship.
Recognizing that handling can be tricky on single engine boats, an optional electric bow thruster is offered, but I think I would practice my docking techniques more before I sprang for the $6,000+ (2006 estimate) for this option.As with most mid-range new boats, values tend to depreciate quickly over the first few years but used models hold their values comparatively well. Compared to limited production or custom boats of similar size and style that cost twice as much, Mainship's Pilotâ„¢ 30 offers good value.
Naval architect Jack Hornor was the principal surveyor and designer for Marine Survey & Design, Co., based in Annapolis, MD. He was on the boards of the American Boat and Yacht Council, the National Association of Marine Surveyors, and the Society of Boat and Yacht Designers. He and his wife sailed their Catalina 42, Legacy, based on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
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