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Barbican 30

Brief details


Barbican Yacht Construction Ltd., Plymouth.

The Barbican 30 is a traditional long-keeled yacht with a high quality fit-out. The hull is derived from the Halmatic 30, but with more ballast. They are strongly built and have an excellent reputation as a serious seagoing yacht.


29' 6"

Sail area

501 sq ft main and genoa


24' 0"




9' 6"




4' 9"




9,866 lbs


Perkins diesel


5,320 lbs



Keel type

Long keel with encapsulated lead ballast

Barbican Yacht Construction was set up in the late 1970s, initially only moulding the hulls for their yachts, and contracting out the fit-out to Terry Erskine Yachts, (builder of many Golden Hind models). In the early 1980s Barbican Yachts took over the complete production process. The company ceased trading in 1993. All the three Barbican models were based on moulds for older designs, the moulds bought when the original builders ceased production, the 30 being a reworked Halmatic 30, the 33 a modified Philips Atlantic Clipper, and the 35 a reworked Super Sovereign 35.

Designed for Halmatic by John Sharp, the Halmatic 30 was built from the late 1970s to mid 1980s. The design is in many ways similar to the Nicholson 31. The moulds of the Halmatic 30 were taken over by Barbican Yachts at Plymouth, after production by Halmatic ceased, the design re-emerging as the Barbican 30 after minor alterations.

The main differences between the Barbican 30 and the Halmatic 30s (apart from being of later build date) is that the ballast and draught was increased, giving a 53% ballast ratio, with internal encapsulated ballast in place of the external iron ballast keel of the Halmatic. Also, the interior finish of the Barbicans was rather higher quality, with more timber and a choice of woods. Barbican Yachts also offered a limited degree of customisation of individual boats, so the internal fit-out of all examples may not be quite the same.

Barbican 30  

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Barbican 30
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