A classic Fisher 30 motor-sailer is in the yard this week, having some standard bottom work done after a summer of cruising.
Honu is up on stands here at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard for a complete bottom package and new zincs. Her bottom service includes pressure washing, sanding, two coats of bottom paint and new anodes, reported Boatyard Manager Mark Lindeman.
I was at the boatyard on Monday morning, checking in to see what boats were new for blogs this week. The Fisher’s old ship-look wooden guardrails caught my eye from across the yard, so I asked about it first.
Classic Fisher 30 at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard for Bottom Work
“It’s kind of a cult classic,” said Lindeman, listing the characteristics of the motor-sailer built in the 1970’s. “Its shape, the narrowness. It’s safe and slow, made to go through the waves and not up and over them. These are classics and there’s a certain type of person attracted to them.”
That sounded like a boat I needed to learn more about, so I did some checking on Honu’s family of motor-sailers.
According to Classic Boat magazine, “the Fisher seems to have been around for ever.” In fact, says the online article, the story of this classic motor-sailer began in 1969 when naval architects David Freeman and Gordon Wyatt set out to fill what they perceived as a gap in the market. Their aim was to design a motor-sailer with equal performance under either sail or motor.
The two architects designed the Fisher 30 in the United Kingdom in 1971 and it was the first in a range of fishing boat-styled motor-sailers marketed by Fairways Marine. Other Fisher yachts include the 25, 31, 34, 37 and 46. For several years the Fisher 30 was the most popular model with about 300 of the fiberglass yachts built between 1971 and 1987.
“With its traditional Colin Archer-inspired rounded canoe stern,” continues the online article, “angular, trawler-style and professional-looking wheelhouse, and high, chunky, work-boat-derived bow, the Fisher looks familiarly timeless, friendly and reassuring.”
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The Fisher 30 offers wheelhouse comfort along with excellent seaworthiness, say industry articles. Like all Fishers, the yachts do genuinely sail — although windward performance is not their strong suit, the online forums admit. A powerful engine with a big prop, however, greatly compensates for this.
With a long keel, heavy displacement and deep bulwarks around the deck, the Fishers have a steady motion at sea, which allows for the cutting through the waves rather than up and over that Lindeman mentioned.
“It’s a neat-looking boat with a classic design,” Lindeman summed up.
After Honu’s bottom work and new zincs at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard, the Fisher will be back on the water, no doubt catching more eyes with her classic looks.