1997 Henderson 30

1997 Henderson 30


Henderson 30 - CopyOffered at $42,000


“Girlfriend” is one good looking, well built, high performance sailboat.

The Henderson 30 boasts a large comfortable cockpit, extremely well balanced rudder, articulating & retractable bowsprit and carbon fiber mast.  Control lines are at your fingertips and she is easily pick hoist or ramp launched from her trailer.

•Boat Name: Girlfriend
•Year: 1997
•Current Price: US$ 42,000
•Located in Seattle, WA
•Hull Material: Fiberglass
•Engine/Fuel Type: Single Gas
•YW# 22784-2922385

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Boat Name

Builder: SOCA Sailboats Ltd.
Designer: Glen Henderson
Keel: Bulb

LOA: 30 ft 0 in
Beam: 9 ft 10 in
LWL: 28 ft 9 in
Minimum Draft: 1 ft 9 in
Maximum Draft: 7 ft 0 in
Displacement: 3850 lbs
Ballast: 1750 lbs

Total Power: 8 HP

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Yamaha
Engine Model: outboard in well
Engine Type: Outboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Gas/Petrol
Engine Power: 8 HP

Additional Information

Sail Inventory
•Doyle Carbon Main
•Doyle Kevlar Main
•Doyle #1 Carbon
•Doyle #1 Kevlar
•Doyle #2
•Doyle #3
•Doyle #4
•Doyle full hoist Asym
•Doyle fractional hoist Asym
•3 other spinnakers

•Yamaha 8hp outboard fitted in well
•Controls at helm

•Running rigging is new or in very good condition
•Standing rigging in very good condition with new tuff luff in ’02
•Rudder bearings replaced with delrin
•Stern stanchions rebedded
•Lifelines replaced
•backing plate at stem fitting replaced with stainless
•Topsides painted with Awlgrip
•Full Cockpit Cover
•Trailer included

•New Tactic dual master display w/ wireless Speedo, Depth, Wind

Builder’s Remarks

The Henderson 30 (Sailing World’s 1997 Sport Boat of the Year) is an evolution of previously successful Henderson designs. It offers a combination of features and performance not found on other sport sailboats. These include the VARA System (Variable Aspect Rudder Assembly which adjusts the high aspect ratio rudder for sweep and depth), the CRO (Contained Retractable Outboard), a curved traveler and molded mainsheet pedestal, all working lines ahead of helmsperson, dedicated runner winches, a lifting bulb keel, access to safe and shallow anchorage, carbon fiber mast, articulating bow pole and rudder, the convenience and low cost of trailering, rugged construction, and genuine pride of ownership.


The fixed keel is a very deep fin-and-bulb arrangement, giving the 30 a draft of 7 feet. The rudder has an exceptionally high aspect ratio and is constructed in such a way that it can be raised and lowered in addition to slightly changing the sweep angle. This way helm feel can be adjusted to suit different conditions.

The rig of the Henderson 30 features an articulating, retractable bowsprit and a carbon fiber mast. By articulating the bowsprit you can sail lower than you would with a fixed sprit by about 5 degrees. The SA/D is 30.67. (Do you remember when an SA/D of 20 was considered high-powered?) The 30 carries a huge masthead asymmetrical chute that can add 1,247 square feet to the off-the-wind sail area. Imagine the acceleration when the chute goes up.


On deck the 30 is all business, all efforts were made to keep the crew weight in the middle of the boat. The short bridge deck hides an ingenious retractable outboard motor system, leaving a clean and flush bottom. Mainsheet and traveler controls are at the helmsman’s fingertips. With such a big cockpit, this looks like an exceptionally comfortable boat for the crew.