1990 Halmatic 30






29.5 ft (9.14m)



The Halmatic 30 is a well built, long-keeled cruiser.  They are excellent all-weather performers capable of serious passage making with forgiving and comfortable performance.  The interior is traditionally laid out but is spacious and practical.  It is rare to find a boat of this age in such good condition. Evidently a much-loved and well-sorted craft, so don't hesitate to come and have a look. Part One registered from new.

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Basic Boat Information






John Sharp









Keel Type

Full Keel



30 ft

Length Overall

29.5 ft

Waterline Length

22.83 ft


9.5 ft

Max Draft

4.5 ft


4,475 kg


2,286 kg




Engine Make

Volvo Penta

Engine Model






Engine Power

18 horsepower



Engine Year



Fuel Tanks


Fuel Tank Capacity

58 l

Water Tanks


Water Tank Capacity

140 l


The accommodation offers up to five berths and there is full standing headroom and excellent stowage throughout. In the forecabin there are two singles with stowage under. Opening hatch to foredeck. Good sized heads compartment to starboard with a Lavac marine toilet, washbasin & shower. Good sized hanging locker opposite. 

Moving aft in to the saloon, there is a single settee berth to port with a trotter box.  Fixed table with drop leaves to centre and a L shaped settee berth to starboard that converts into a double. The chart table in the starboard aft quarter instruments and control panel.  The galley is opposite to port with a Taylors 043 two burner gimballed gas cooker with grill and oven. Coolbox. Stainless steel sink.  Pressurised hot and cold water system throughout. Eberspacher diesel fired hot air central heating. New headlinings in 2014. Curtains.

Mechanical Systems

Located behind the companionway is the Volvo Penta 2002, three cylinder diesel engine, 18hp. Electric start. Freshwater cooled via heat exchanger. Shaft drive to Feathering Bruntons three bladed propeller. Single lever control.  58 litre fuel capacity. The engine has been serviced each year by its owner who is an Engineer. 

Electrical Systems
  • Two 12 volt Rolls AGM domestic batteries - 2021
  • 12 volt engine start battery - 2021
  • Alternator charging
  • Battery state indicator
  • 240 volt shore power with outlets
  • Cetek M200 battery charger
  • Immersion heater
  • USB outlets
Spars & Sails

Masthead rigged Bermudan sloop. Deck stepped anodised Selden mast and boom (2012).  Stainless steel standing rigging (2012). Terylene running rigging (2012). Two Anderson two speed sheet winches. Two Antal two speed halyard winches. One Antal reefing winch. Fully battened slab reefing mainsail.  Headsail furling system.  Spinnaker pole.  Whisker pole. Harken mainsail cars.

  • Mainsail - Dacron - Dart Sails - 2012
  • Genoa - Dacron - Dart Sails - 2012
  • Spinnaker - 1990
  • Cruising chute - Westaways - 1990
  • Storm jib - Westaways - 1990 
Deck Equipment
  • CQR anchor with approximately 30m of chain
  • Manual anchor windlass
  • Sprayhood - new windows 2023
  • Beaching legs
  • Cockpit shower
  • Mainsail cover
  • Various fenders & warps
  • Boarding ladder
Navigation Equipment
  • Incastec speed & log instrument
  • Incastec depth instrument
  • AIS receiver
  • Furuno MFD8 chartplotter & radar
  • Plastimo steering compass
  • Phillips GPS
  • Raymarine 2000 autohelm
  • Clock and barometer
Safety Equipment
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Electric bilge pump
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire blanket
  • Gas alarm
  • Do detector
  • Jackstays
  • Danbuoy
  • Deck light
  • Horseshoe lifebuoy
  • Radar reflector
  • 4 person life raft

Moulded by Halmatic in 1988 and first launched in 1990 after being fitted out by her first owner to a very high standard. White GRP hull with style stripes. Teak toe rail.  White GRP superstructure with moulded non-slip to deck. Long keel with cast iron ballast. Keel hung rudder. Tiller steering. Aft self draining cockpit. Afrormosia laid cockpit seating. The hull was coppercoated in 2015. Custom Gebo windows. Lewmar portlights with new acrylics.

Two owners from new. 

Owners Comments

This is not your stock Halmatic 30 and it’s not just the quality of the fittings or the many hours spent considering and sourcing the best options during her build.  She’s had two owners, both Engineers (the latter a Naval Architect) and has been Part 1 registered from new.  What makes her unique is that in spite of being built to original plans (supplied) her fit out required that all panels be removable to provide 100% access to all systems and areas.  As someone who has inspected over 400 boats for CE compliance I can tell you the difference between a quality build and a fly by night is attention to detail in making all systems easily accessible, a concept which many supposed high end builders have still to fully implement.  But I digress…

Moulded as one of the last H30 in 1988, the superior fit out was by the first owner and his cousin, a master shop fitter.  Other than the main bulkheads, supplied as standard, the rest of the interior wood came from stock held back from 1955 when an early 20C bank building was stripped.  Due to the care taken, though appearing as a standard H30 layout the quality of materials and workmanship is without doubt superior to factory.

Unique to this boat are the custom made Gebo (NL) fixed windows which have modern radius, rather than old fashioned mitre corners and are of superior quality too.  The portlights are Lewmar (old standard) with new acrylics and the main hatch is a Canpa Lowline composite model with new acrylic and seal (the owner is also part owner of Eagle Boat Windows).  The smaller saloon hatch is another Gebo unit.

The entire rig (mast, boom, vang, pole, standing/running rigging, fully battened main, genoa and furlex) was replaced in 2012 with Atlantic/Selden spars and sails from Dart Sails of Dartmouth.  At the same time a new Furuno commercial grade plotter, radar and AIS receiver was installed to complement the existing older (but fully functioning) GPS, speed/depth instruments and Raymarine auto/tiller pilot.  The Furuno systems can also be connected to a laptop or similar.  The cost of these updates in 2012 exceeded £19,000.

In 2015 her bottom was coppercoated (£3,500) and this has received a number of updates since.  Also, at this time a Bruntons 3 blade folding prop was fitted (£1,500).

She has two spinnakers, original, but in excellent condition.  One is a symmetrical kite, the other a cruising shute, both of which can be used with the sock which has a moulded GRP mouth to ensure easy and reliable use.  There is also a storm jib (unused) which sets on a removable inner forestay.

The battened main utilises harken rollers to ensure easy hoisting and control and the sail has three slab reefing lines led to the mast winch.

The engine is the original Volvo Penta 2002 which has been serviced by the Engineer owners annually from new.  This has indirect (FW) cooling which has recently been removed, cleaned/checked and refitted with all new seals.

Fitted from new with pressurised hot water, the original calorifier had rotted by the last change of ownership and been removed.  This has been replaced with a stainless steel unit (AC and engine heating) along with a new FW pump (Jabsco).  Additionally a cockpit shower is fitted which is particularly useful for a post-swim washdown.  The heads features a deep basin (to aid hair washing) and shower attachment (there is a separate shower drain pump).  The galley also has pumped hot/cold water as well as a hand FW pump.  The galley sink drains via a foot pump (to avoid downflooding risk when heeled – the heads sink drain has an easily accessible valve to be closed when heeled).

The current owner has also installed AC systems using BlueSea (US) panels and Cobra tinned cables (the best) with breakers for shore power, the calorifier, a new Cetek M200 charger and numerous 240v AC plug sockets c/w USB ports.

Main house batteries (2) were replaced with superior Rolls S12-128 AGM units a couple of years ago.  The engine battery is now five years old but holds good charge and can be linked in parallel with the house units if necessary.

There is a standard (H30) insulated cold box, but also a small 12v fridge unit.  AC wiring has also been fitted should a new owner wish to install a 240v refrigeration unit within the cold box.

The cooker is a Taylor 043 gas unit with twin rings and an oven, plus a toasting grill.  There is also a US made gas BBQ which is cockpit mounted in a rod holder and connects directly to the locker gas supply.

There are five berths (standard).  To starboard in the saloon the table drops to form a double.  In the bow there are two single berths, but an infill structure (removeable) would allow this to be used as a double (only the infill cushion is required to complete).  There is dry storage under all berths.

The electric bilge pump (under engine) is supplemented by a large capacity manual gusher pump mounted in the aft cockpit locker.

Washboards (GREY tinted Acrylic with SS vent) are new for 2024.

She also has beaching legs (which I have fitted on hard standing but never used in earnest, they seem very sturdy.

In my capacity at Eagle Boat Windows I often get contacted by people looking to buy a yacht and my advice is always the same – ‘buy the best you can’.   Buy a sorted yacht, rather than a project that you will spend much time and money on and still not be happy with.  You may think this yacht expensive for a H30 and she is, but £15k will disappear in a flash on a project….  When I first saw LB (as we call her) I knew she was a peach, the best she could be, built with love, care and incredible attention to detail.  The surveyor agreed and struggled to find fault, eventually settling on needing an updated gas regulator.  That’s how good she was.

Are there things to do.  Some I guess, more wants than needs.  The Afromosia cockpit locker lids would look better with teak and I would be minded to have a cockpit grating under foot.  The air heater (Eberspacher) hasn’t been used for a while and probably needs recommissioning.  Otherwise I’m seriously finding it difficult to suggest work for a prospect buyer.  I just hope they actually use her more than I have found time to….


The company normally acts as brokers for the vendor who unless otherwise stated is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of these particulars the correctness is not guaranteed and they are intended as a guide only and do not constitute a part of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check these particulars and where appropriate and at his own expense to employ a qualified marine surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability on our part.

General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferaft, fire extinguishers and flares etc., are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on board as part of the sale of a used vessel, may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owner’s specific needs.


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