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Old 02-19-2018, 03:00 PM   #1
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1979 Californian 30'

Does anyone have any information about the 1979 Californian 30' trawler? There is one for sale locally and I've been trying to find out info about the boat such as performance, reliability, build quality etc. This boat has a 185hp Perkins turbodiesel. Thanks!
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Old 02-19-2018, 05:27 PM   #2
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I own a 34 Californian and have only seen 30s here on TF. There are some threads on the 30 in the Californian section. It looks like a very livable 30 footer for a week or so. The Californians are known to be heavy and very stout ...even overbuilt, but with just average joinery.

If I ever needed to downsize, I'd have to take a serious look at the 30 LRC.

That Perkins has a great reputation. I have the 4.236, the 4-cyl natural version of the 6.354. I love my Perkins engine.
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Old 02-20-2018, 11:25 AM   #3
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I own and live on a 1978 Californian 30ft with the 6cyl Perkins. There werenít very many built so not a lot of info out there. Mine doesnít have the turbo, it does have a flybridge, isnít fast at all but it is efficient...
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Old 08-06-2018, 04:51 AM   #4
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HI. I also have a californian 30. She is number 23 and was built in 1981. I also have the original Marshall instruction and operation booklet for this vessel. It is Perkins 6.354 powered. Not fast. 9.5kn at 2400rpm but we are are happy at 7.5kt at 1800rpm. Very economical at that speed. Great little live a board.
She is based in New Zealand at Havelock, a port in the Marlbourgh Sounds .
Vessel name is Meander and my member name is Batz. [first time post]
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