Construction Details Presto 30

Construction Details Presto 30


Built by Ryder Boats in Bucksport, Maine, the Presto 30 is a lightweight performance craft built with modern composite construction and assembly techniques.

Hull: The VARTM (vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding) hull is built with vinylester resin, NCS (non-crimp structural) E-glass, and Corecell A500 core. The bow is reinforced with aramid patches in case of accidental collisions. VARTM, also called vacuum infusion, is a closed-molding technique that increases the glass-to-resin ratio, ensures the laminate is consistent and free of voids, and produces a lighter, stronger part.

Construction Details Presto 30


Deck: The hand-laid deck is built with polyester resin for better cosmetics, NCS E-glass, and vacuum-bagged Corecell A-500. High-density core is used in way of highly-loaded, through-bolted hardware, and epoxy (G-10) plates are laminated into the deck for tapped fittings.

Hull-to-deck joint: The modified shoebox hull-to-deck joint is bonded with Plexus (methacrylate structural adhesive) and through-bolted with ¼-inch stainless-steel bolts.

Keel and rudder: The centerboard and rudder are vinylester/E-glass composite construction. The centerboard has 90 pounds of lead embedded in syntactic putty to add enough weight to keep the centerboard down while underway. The rudder gudgeons and rudder head are carbon-fiber/epoxy construction.

Rig: The Presto 30 has two bilge-stepped, carbon-fiber, free-standing spars. They are supported by mast tubes glassed to the hull and deck structure with unidirectional E-glass.

Darrell Nicholson, editor of Practical Sailor, grew up boating on Miami’s Biscayne Bay on everything from prams to Morgan ketches. Two years out of Emory University, after a brief stint as a sportswriter, he set out from Miami aboard a 60-year-old wooden William Atkin ketch named Tosca. For 10 years, he and writer-photographer Theresa Gibbons explored the Caribbean, crossed the Pacific, and cruised Southeast Asia aboard Tosca, working along the way as journalists and documenting their adventures for various travel and sailing publications, including Cruising World, Sail, Sailing, Cruising Helmsman, and Sailing World. Upon his return to land life, Darrell became the associate editor, then senior editor at Cruising World magazine, where he worked for five years. Before taking on the editor’s position at Practical Sailor, Darrell was the editor of Offshore magazine, a boating-lifestyle magazine serving the New England area. Darrell has won multiple awards from Boating Writer’s International, including the Monk Farnham award for editorial excellence. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license and has worked as a harbor pilot and skippered a variety of commercial charter boats.


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