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30' Baba 30 cutter


KAILUA is a lovely Baba 30 that is being offered by her long term owners. She is clean, well equipped and very well maintained. She features Pineapple Sails, twin headsail furlers, a Monitor wind vane, nice electronics and she is ready to cruise.

Robert Perry, the designer of this fine yacht, is one of the best known and prolific American designers and has become one of the leaders of performance oriented cruising yachts. Built by Ta Shing, the Baba 30 was the first boat they built, but it was previously built by Shing Sheng Ltd, both in Taiwan. Ta Shing was a builder of local fishing boats and has become one of the world?s finest yacht builders. The Baba 30 is a cutter rig with a canoe stern and bow sprit. Considered a great offshore boat for the solo skipper, she sleeps 4 in a lush double cabin with 6?8? headroom (double forepeak, settee & quarter berth). Built from 1978 to 1985 there were 230 hulls built. Laden with teak, the traditionalist loves this boat and they love the increased displacement for offshore conditions.  The rig is that of a cutter with 504 working sail area. The hull features a long bow overhang and gradual sloping forefoot and long keel.  The rudder is protected with an aperture for the propeller. The  joinery work above and below decks is superb. You won?t win any races with this boat, but it will take you safely across the ocean. She?s a high quality, affordable cruising boat, that will turn a heads when you sail by.

  • Make: Baba
  • Model: 30 cutter
  • Year: 1983
  • Length: 30ft
  • Name: KAILUA
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
  • Located In: Emeryville, CA
  • Category: Sail
  • Class: Cutter
  • Keel: Full Keel
  • Designer: Robert H. Perry
  • Builder: Ta Shing
  • LOA: 34.5 feet
  • LWL: 24.5 feet
  • Beam: 10.25 feet
  • Max Draft: 4.75 feet
  • Ballast: 5000 pounds
  • Displacement: 12500 pounds
  • Total Engines: 1
  • Engine 1
  • EngineMake: Yanmar Diesel
  • EngineModel: 3GMF
  • EngineYear: 1983
  • EngineFuel: diesel
  • PropellerType: 3 Blade, Bronze, Folding
  • EngineHours: 430
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 36 gallon
  • Fuel Tank Count: 1
  • Water Tank Capacity: 80 gallon
  • Water Tank Count: 1
  • Holding Tank Capacity: 30 gallon
  • Holding Tank Count:1
  • Heads: 1

Additional Descriptions

Electronics and Navigation Equipment
  • Furuno 36 Mile Radar
  • Furuno GP31 GPS Navigator
  • Garmin EchoMap CV GPS Chartplotter
  • RayMarine ST6002 Autopilot
  • RayMarine S100 Autopilot Remote Control
  • DataMarine Wind / Point / Speed
  • DataMarine Depth
  • DataMarine Speed / Distance Log
  • Standard Horizon GX2150 Matrix AIS+ VHF Radio
  • Hailer Including Sound Signals w/ exterior horn
  • McMurdo EPIRB
  • ICOM IC-735 SSB Radio
  • MFJ Versa Tuner II Antenna Control
  • Lifeline AGM Group 31 XT Batteries
  • All Navigation and interior lighting is LED
  • New Battery Charger (2019)
  • Yanmar Diesel 3GMF - 20 hp @ 3400 rpm
  • 3 Blade MaxProp
  • Dual Racor Fuel Filtering System
  • Newer Stainless Steel Fuel Tank (2011)
  • Rudder - dropped, post cleaned, packing gland cleaned and repacked (2014)
  • PSS Packing Gland (2014)
Standing and Running Rigging
  • Mast pulled, disassembled stripped and painted (2013)
  • New Standing and Running Rigging installed (2013)
  • Lazy Jacks, fabricated and installed (2010)
Review from Blue Water Boats


A collaboration between Bob Berg of Flying Dutchman, the design genius of Bob Perry and a Taiwanese boatyard that built fishing boats brought about the Baba 30, a serious go-anywhere boat packed into a diminutive 30 feet on deck. Traditionally styled, she is a beautifully proportioned double-ender with a full keel that's a heavy weather performer. With excellent construction and a high end interior, Baba 30s have aged well, demanding a relatively high resale value  and  have become a favorite among cruising couples.


The Baba 30 was introduced in 1976 as a response to the unprecedented success of the Westsail 32 which with the help of a Time Magazine lifestyle feature is generally credited for creating the cruising boat boom of the 1970s.

Bob Berg of Flying Dutchman International enlisted Bob Perry to design the boat and contracted construction to a little known boatyard in Tainan City, Taiwan called Shing Sheng who's first foray from fishing boats to sailboats was a sophisticated 27ft racer built for a Japanese customer. The Baba 30 became the second yacht to be produced by Shing Sheng. It's said that Perry had to kick chickens out of the way when walking to the yard in those early years. It was a place where the workers rechristened Bob Berg with the nickname "Baba", affectionately meaning father; it was catchy enough to stick for the boat as well. By 1979 Shing Shen moved from An-Ping Quay to purpose built facilities in An-Ping Industrial Estate and a new name, "Ta Shing" was adopted.

Production ended in 1985 and although hull numbers go up to #246, there was a gap in numbering between #125 and #201 resulting in a total production count of around 170 boats. During this time the Baba 30 was joined by two other Perry designed stablemates, the Baba 35 and the Baba 40.

The Baba 30 concept was later evolved by Bob Berg using designer Gary Grant into the Panda 34 and chose boatyard Hsin Hang to build the boat in Northern Taiwan. While Ta Shing themselves commissioned Perry to design the Tashiba 31, an all new boat, one that Perry himself considers one of his best full keel designs, but is often mistaken as a revised Baba 30.

As a side note, in 1983 the Shing Sheng name was revived by Paul Wang, a senior partner in Ta Shing. Paul went on to build a number of Gary Grant designs including the Norseman 40 in his custom built facility in An-Ping Industrial District.


There's no questioning that this is a traditional full keel double-ender of Aitkens and Colin Archer heritage. The boat is nicely proportioned with beautifully balanced overhangs, a sweeping sheer, and the Perry favorite; a traditional canoe stern. A four foot bowsprit sits up front and from the mast hangs a cutter rig boasting a healthy 504 sq. ft. of sail.

John Kretschmer writing for Sailing Magazine commented, "it's a big boat trapped in a short body" and certainly the displacement and ballast numbers are more akin to boats in the 35ft range. The cockpit is small, giving up most of the space to an expansive interior boasting 6' 4" of headroom. The layout down below has blue water in mind; there's a seagoing berth and chart table combo on the starboard quarter and a large U-shaped seagoing galley to port. Two additional berths are provided in the saloon by way of settees either side of the saloon table. On some boats the table can fold away opening up the saloon, as per Perry's original plans. The forward cabin came in two options, either a V-berth or a double berth which found favor in the East Coast. The quality of workmanship is superb and teak is abundantly used.


The Baba 30's GRP hull follows the same layup schedule as the Valiant 32, with hull thicknesses running from just over a quarter of an inch near the topsides, to over a third of an inch near the bilges and grows to over half an inch in the tuck and keel. A single casting of iron is used as ballast which is encapsulated in GRP.

The hull to deck join is glued and through-bolted with a teak caprail sitting above the join. Early decks were cored with end-grain, kiln-dried, luan (philippine mahogany) affixed in 2 x 2 x 0.6 inch pieces, laid in filled polyester resin, later vessels utilized end-grain balsa on scrim with engineered kerfs (Baltec Contour core). Areas with through-deck fittings were locally cored in high quality marine plywood (made in Taiwan out of mahogany with waterproof glue, and boil-tested). All Baba 30 decks had a molded non-skid pattern, Thiokol-bedded teak decking was an option.

Bulkheads were of marine plywood that were staved with teak battens of 2 inches width, and much later, towards the end of production, models were available with teak veneered bulkheads as a means of reducing cost.

Early boats had wooden spars, of oregon and B.C. hemlock which do need regular care, but properly maintained will last the life of the yacht; owners tend to paint them (bad), and often do not understand that upkeep is required.

There has been an unconfirmed report of asbestos used in the galley. Tim Ellis who oversaw production of the Baba 30 from 1977 comments, "If woven asbestos was used, it was behind the stainless steel liner of the stove insert. Asbestos poses no threat in this situation and should not be disturbed. It is the handling and disposal of asbestos that requires care. To be honest, I don't recall if we used it or not"


As a blue water cruiser, the Baba 30 will carry its crew in safety, and despite its small size, in relative comfort. The boat is well balanced and is relatively stiff. The best point of sail is on a reach with the first reef thrown in at a respectable 20 knots. In storm conditions the boat heaves-to beautifully and the boat is safe and dry.

Most owners report the boat under performs in light airs, to windward do not expect to make much headway in less than 6 knots of wind; 12-18 knots is her element. It's worth noting Perry disagrees, commenting that the hull though pudgy, is easily driven, and under well trimmed sails can move very nicely in light airs.


As with many boats older than 25 years, have your surveyor check items such as chainplates, areas of balsa coring for rot and if applicable, the teak and the wooden mast. Overall, the Baba 30s have aged well, probably better than most boats of this era due to their excellent build quality.

Most Baba 30 owners have replaced the original mild steel 30 gallon fuel tank, which was susceptible to corrosion mounted in the bilge. The tank removes easily in half an afternoon and a new one fabricated from $600 to $1000 from a variety of materials. It's worth noting the stainless steel water tanks and even the engine are easily removable in the Baba 30, sometimes a big job in other boats.

Resale value has remained high for a boat of its size, but when comparing with other boats in its price range, the 30 offers good value. 

Baba 30 Designer's Comments by Robert H. Perry

Thirty feet seems to be the "magic length". Anything shorter than 30' is too small for a long distance cruiser, unless you are willing to make some serious compromises in your comfort. At thirty feet the designer can do a rather workable galley, at least four full length berths and an enclosed head. The one real danger, for the designer, at this length is that there may be a tendency to make the yacht too light. The "average" cruiser/racer at 30 feet weighs in today at around 7000 lbs. This is fine for short weekend trips and daysailing, but relating this displacement to an accompanying volume of available interior space you will find that the light yacht is seriously short of stowage space. The law of mechanical similtude says that the displacement or volume of a yacht varies as the cube of the waterline. In simpler terms, this means that the available stowage and tank space decreases rapidly as the waterline length of the yacht decreases. I chose to design a rather beamy double ender with the heathy displacement to length ratio of 379. This afforded me the interior volume to do a very comfortable layout.

I see it as a personal challenge to take a type of yacht, in this case a relatively heavy, traditional double ender, and work with the hull lines to ring every tenth of a knot in speed out of the design that I can, I simply do not resign myself to "It's a traditional design. It will be slow" I have given the Baba 30 an easily driven hull with a prismatic coefficient of .50. This should help take care of the performance in light air. The hull has considerable flair to the topsides to enhance stability and also provide a dry ride to weather. The run of the buttocks is considerably more flat than the traditional "Colin Archer" type. This should eliminate the annoying hobby-horsing tendencies of that type and also improve speed. I have carved away the garboard area, as I have before in this type of design, in an effort to maximize the available keel "fin" for a given amount of overall draft. This feature helps eliminate useless added displacement in the garboards where it is very hard to efficiently use and it also improves the stability curve of the yacht. The Baba 30 is the fifth design of this general type that I have done, in the last three years, and I feel it is a refinement of the general model.

The accommodations have been laid out for a small family with comfortable cruising in mind. The most noteworthy feature is the overall lack of "crammitis". The components of the interior are all very "humanly" sized and should work very well. The galley is U-shaped with an enormous ice-box opposite double sinks. The three burner gimbaled stove gimbals to 50 degrees. The rest of the layout is rather self explanatory. You might note that there is a wet locker aft and another hanging locker forward. The head is quite spacious for a yacht of these overall dimensions. Headroom is 6'4" throughout. There is 80 gallons of water located under the settee berths and 36 gallons of fuel under the cabin sole.

Due to the success That I have had utilizing the cutter rig in the past, the Baba 30 was designed with a tall cutter rig. The sail area to displacement ratio is 14.97. While this may be viewed as a relatively low figure, it is my contention that at this size, 30 feet, the use of a 150% genoa is not prohibitive. On a larger design I would opt for a higher sail area to displacement figure to eliminate the need of genoas completely. However, I don't think many people will object to handling the genoa on a thirty foot yacht. My aim in the design of this rig was to design a rig compatible with the hull I had designed in terms of deriving maximum performance. This is partly why I did not choose a ketch rig. I am trying to optimize the windward capability of this type of yacht and I feel the cutter does that job the best, in the cruising application.

Again, the challenge is to take a traditional type and modify the shape in a manner that will not denegrate the parent model and at the same time not destroy the "rmance" of the traditional look while substantially improving the sailing performance. The result is a yacht, the Baba 30, that is not a "cute cartoon" but a really capable offshore cruising yacht.

Additional Features

  • VHF
  • GPS

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. Buyer should assume that items on the vessel at the time of viewing, but not specifically listed on this specification sheet, are not included with the sale of the yacht, and should instruct his agents, or his surveyors to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. Buyer assumes responsibility to verify all speeds, consumptions, capacities and other measurements contained herein and otherwise provided, and agrees to instruct his surveyor to confirm such details prior to purchase. This vessel is subject to sale, price and inventory changes, and withdrawal from market without notice.

Broker Details

Mark Miner

Yacht & Ship Broker
415-290-1347 - mobile
510-254-3665 - office
3300 Powell St., Ste 105
Emeryville, CA 94608

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