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Price Guide

£35,000 to £50,000+


Originally built by LM Glasfiber AS, Denmark, later by Scanyachts, England.


30' 8"

Sail area

478 sq ft main and genoa

Brief details


26' 0"



The LM30 is a double-ended Scandinavian motorsailer, built to a high quality standard. Although clearly a motor-sailer, the LM30 is actually a surprisingly good sailing boat. They were designed from the outset to be easy to handle, with all lines led back to the well protected cockpit. Both bilge keel and fin keel versions were built, both having surprisingly good sailing performance


10' 0"




4' 3" bilge keel or 4' 11" fin keel




11,200 lbs


Bukh or Volvo diesels


4,250 lbs


20 - 36

Keel type

Fin or twin cast iron bilge keels, with skeg-hung rudder

Above the waterline the LM30 looks much like a larger version of the smaller LM27, but whereas the LM27 has a long shallow full keel, the LM30 has a much more modern sailing-oriented underbody with either a single fin keel, or twin bilge keels and skeg-hung rudder. Overall lengths of 30' 8" and 31' 10" are both quoted in various sources for the LM30: it is probable that the differences arise because of variations in measurement points - the stern extends aft further than at deck level.

Built in Denmark by LM Glasfiber from around 1980 to 1990, the LM30 moulds were later moved to England, where production continued as the Scanyachts LM30 and later LM32 (this being based on the same hull mould, and is virtually identical). LM started life as a furniture factory - and this shows in the quality of the cabinetwork on their yachts. In the early 1990s LM ceased production of boats to concentrate on making GRP blades for large wind turbines, in which field they are now the largest company worldwide


Below: The wheelhouse has the internal wheel to starboard, with helmsman's seat and a sliding hatch overhead. The galley is to port. A step down takes you into the saloon, with settee berths and table. Forward is the heads compartment and vee-double forecabin

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The L-shaped settee at the starboard side of the saloon can convert to a double berth if required. A concertina-style door separates the heads compartment forward, with a conventional door shutting off the forecabin

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Above: A fridge is built in below the helmsman's seat in the wheelhouse, and above this an ingenious arrangement allows either an extra worktop for the galley, or a complete second helmsman's seat, to slide out, allowing two to sit by the wheel. there is also a bosuns locker under the feet of the helmsmans seating. The wheel linkage to the rudder can be completely disconnected when required, allowing the boat to be steered by the tiller in the cockpit with no additional friction

The cockpit has two hinged panels in the sole, the forward one giving access to the engine. The aft panel opens to a large under floor locker, big enough to stow an inflatable dinghy, and also give access to the Saildrive unit if required. There is an additional large locker under the wheelhouse floor.

The cockpit table folds away completely into the space under the aft coaming.

The cockpit table can either be half or fully folded out. In the photos here the tiller is removed from the S/S rudder head

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All sail handling can be carried out from the cockpit, with single-line slab reefing and lazyjacks for the fully battened mainsail, and roller reefing headsail

Below: Many of these yachts have a full 'camper' style cockpit cover fitted, which folds neatly away under the lip of the aft end of the wheelhouse

Left: The cockpit cover in place

The engine (usually Bukh or Volvo) is installed in a separate moulded GRP engine box that forms a watertight bulkhead around the engine. There is also a secondary soundproofed top lid to this box (removed in this picture). This gives an unusually quiet engine installation.

Although a motorsailer, she is also designed to sail. In 1986 "Practical Boat Owner" reviewed the design, saying ".... as a sailing boat she is faultless" and "... under power she is completely obedient, able to manoeuvre with very little way and unaffected by wind direction"

The side decks are wide enough to move fore and aft easily, although anchor and mooring line handling are virtually the only reason to need to go forward, with all sail controls led aft.


The hatch over the interior helm position opens, both for fresh air, and so that if desired you can stand at the wheel with your head out for a complete 360 degree view (although the visibility from the inside of the wheelhouse is already fairly good)

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