2005 Mainship Pilot 30-II Freeport, NY
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2005 Mainship Pilot 30-II
Price : $74,000
Builder | Manufacturer : Mainship
Condition : Used
Year : 2005
Length : 30ft
Model : Pilot 30-II
Engine Make : Yanmar
Engine Model : 4 Cylinder
Engine/s Year : 2005
Total Power : 240hp
Max Speed : 17 kn
Cruising Speed : 14 kn
Bridge Clearance : 8
LOA : 30'
Beam : 10.25
Max Draft : 2.9
Displacement : 10000
Hull Type/Shape : Semi Displacement
Cabin Headroom : 6.33
2005 Mainship Pilot 30-II

WOW-Your Gem-NEW Hard Top

The real buyer’s wet dream come true.  Only 163 hours, never slept in, always maintained with a NEW Atlantic Towers HARD TOP installed in 2015 so cruise comfortably with seating for many under cover.  NEW enclosure in 2016 with LEXAN front curtains for optimal visibility.  Yanmar 240 hp DIESEL for quiet, reliable EFFICIENT power forever, oil change system, big access, NEW water pump and intake hose in 2015, cruise 14 to 16 knots, dripless shaft log and internal sea strainer (options).  NEW windlass installed in 2015, 3 NEW batteries in 2014, NEW wiper motors in 2016, diligent owner added emergency and other bilge pumps.  Bow thruster, Garmin GPS, Raytheon AUTOPILOT, ICOM Vhf, swim platform with ladder and rudder angle indicator (options), comfortable benches for many under the top, full galley, private head, updated model from earlier has the cherry interior, improved interior layout, spacious with headroom and port lights and width, prop pocket.

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Manufacturer Provided Description

Whether you fish, dive, or cruise, the Pilot 30-II can fit the bill. The Open Express’ elongated cockpit will allow for plenty of anglers and the wide covering boards will accept a battalion of rod holders. A fresh water washdown and optional swim platform with ladder will please the diver and his crew and the bridgedeck settees will double as extra bunks for the overflow of family and friends or just a great place to tune up a tan.

Engine Notes

Yanmar 240HP and 315 HP Deisel engines also available

Yachting article by Scott Shane October 3, 2007

Mainship Pilot 30 Series IIBy Scott ShaneOctober 3, 2007   

Mainship’s new Pilot 30 Series II screams New England but is built in Florida. The employee-owned company has created a boat reminiscent of weekenders in style at a price that does not preclude her from taking on second boat status.

This redesign had extensive retooling below the waterline, including a shortened keel, a tighter shaft angle, a tunnel draft and a new five-blade prop. The changes allow the Pilot 30 to sneak into skinny water.

In the cabin, attention was given to creature comforts beyond day boat capabilities. The unique folding queen berth with innerspring mattress does not impede movement about the cabin. The galley includes a top-loading refrigerator, a range, a microwave and below-counter stowage. Headroom is an issue on many cruisers this size, but the Pilot 30 offers a reasonable 6 feet, 3 inches of clearance.

Corian finishes the vanity countertop in the head, which also has an integral shower and an electric MSD.


There are many options, including a genset, reverse cycle air and heat, a bow thruster and a fully enclosed sedan package that transforms this quaint, spacious express into a complete cruiser. The more mundane options are an oil-change system, a windlass and internal sea strainers.

Mainship Corp., (800) 578-0852; fax (904) 827-2157; www.mainship.com.

Boating World Review Nov 2002
Mainshipâs Pilot 30 Series II BW StaffNovember 1, 2002 â No Comments â


Author: BoatingWorld Staff

â If it ainât broke, donât fix it.â  That phrase could well be attributed to a New Englander. The land of staunch traditionalism has produced some classic nautical styles, most notably the lobster boat. Thereâs something about that vesselâs timeless look that draws you in. When Mainship introduced its Pilot 30 about five years ago, the model faithfully reproduced the Down East lines and lineage. It was an immediate hit. So, why tamper with success? The original Pilot 30 was conceived as a day boat. Yes, it did have basic V-berth sleeping accommodations for two. As owner experience accumulated, though, feedback to the company was that the size of the boat easily lent itself to overnighting. People were buying Pilot 30s to use as cottages on the water for weekending. But a few things could be tweaked, buyers said. For example, that 4 inch foam pad on the berth might not have bothered a stiff-backed Yankee seafarer, but weekend boaters want more. Mainshipâs designers acted on those suggestions â and the Series II was born. It retains the tradition of the original, but makes some significant improvements. If youâre adhering to tradition, making 15 or 16 knots is a fine, stately speed. In todayâs world, however, weekends are too short, and we donât want to spend most of our time getting where weâre going. It was an engineering challenge for Mainship to kick it up a notch, but the company managed to increase the cruising speed on the Series II by about half again. To do this, the hull was redesigned to accommodate more powerful engines. The Pilot 30 now offers a range of Cummins and Yanmar diesel packages, from 220 to 315 hp. The Mainship Pilot has a well-defined keel with a skeg that protects the running gear against damage from grounding. The keel on the original Pilot 30 gave the boat a draft of 3 feet, 3 inches. In the Series II, itâs only 2 feet, 8 inches. I suspected this might affect the tracking and stability of the hull â and those were characteristics that impressed me about the original when I gave it a sea trial five years ago. Happily, I found the Series II to be equally true-tracking and stable. To compensate for the reduced draft, Mainship created a prop tunnel and improved the keelâs aft fairing. I put the boat through a series of figure-eight turns and tight maneuvers running at 20 knots. There was little lean. Its tracking ability is very predictable and confident â and just as impressive as the original. Faster Is Fun Our test boat was powered by a single Yanmar 315 SE Diesel, rated at 315 hp. With a half tank of fuel and two people on board, we hit a top speed of 26 knots. Although the Pilot 30 rides with a slight bow-high attitude, in part because of its upswept forward lines, a little bit of trim tab improved visibility at cruising speed. Off the line, the boat reached 20 knots in six seconds. Midrange acceleration was also very good. Boats with a large keel can be difficult to maneuver at slow speed. One option Iâd highly recommend for the Pilot 30 Series II is a bow thruster. Mainship reports that almost every Pilot 30 that leaves the factory has one. With our test boatâs bow thruster, I was easily able to position the boat for docking. Small, Yet Spacious The Pilot 30âs cockpit has ample space for entertaining, fishing or whatever. A pair of facing bench seats lines the upper level. A couple of kids could bunk

Modern Boating Review by Barry Tranter, May 4, 2011
Mainship Pilot 30 II Review 4th May 2011

The Mainship Pilot 30 II is a likeable boat. In concept and handling it is very much like the French ACM series.

Issue: December 2003
Manufacturer: Mainship

The Mainship people call this a ‘downeast, inboard boat’. By downeast I assume they’re referring to the US East Coast, which has a great tradition of trawler-type yachts adapted from wooden workboats of the first half of the 20th Century. I’m a longtime subscriber to Wooden Boat magazine, which tells me more than I need to know about traditional craft in the US, but that does not qualify me to comment on whether the Mainship 30 II is derived from a Maine lobsterboat, a Nantucket Hobgoblin, or a Narragansett Boondoggle.

The hull certainly has classic lines; this is the Sedan model, but the Pilot (same hull, open cockpit) is even more reminiscent of workboats of decades ago. The traditional ingredients are a warpedplane hull (flatter deadrise at the stern than forward towards the bow), which also features a skeg and what the builders call a ‘full sandshoe’ for prop protection. You have a choice of three engines ‘ single 220hp Cummins and single Yanmars of 240hp, or 315hp. 

The joy of warped-plane hulls is that they never feel underpowered, because there is no planing transition the hull feels comfortable whether it is using 100 or 300hp. The Mainship is happy at any speed and any throttle opening. The test boat had the 240hp Yanmar, which is good for a top of 21 knots and a cruise of 15-16. I assume this hull would be equally happy with the Cummins. This boat is fitted with the optional bow thruster, which should eliminate any doubt you may have about dealing with prop-walk while docking a single-screw boat. The layout is unusual. 

Downstairs you have a central double berth, which folds out for use. I’ve never seen anything quite like this. You lift the (folded) bed with the aid of gas struts; the front half of the mattress folds out from beneath and rests on a sliding aluminium frame, which stiffens the structure. Her saloon is also a bathroom and shower and there’s a single-burner electric stove, microwave and fridge. An inverter was being wired in at the time of the test. You can seat four around the table, which has four folding leaves to save space. The cockpit/cabin is enclosed by roll-down clears aft. 

There are chairs for the helmsman and the observer and two longitudinal settees for anyone else. These also provide the backup beds. Helmsman’s seat swivels and is adjustable fore and aft, a good idea because the pedestal is set well back from the wheel. You sit high; the standard footrest is essential. The engine hatch is long and narrow and also lifts on struts. The boat is delivered with two batteries, one for starting and one for the boat. The importers fit four extra, bringing the total to six. 

The interior is trimmed in cherry; there is not a lot of trim, but externally the Mainship has no timber. In fact, there is nothing that is not essential; this is a straightforward boat with no hidden tricks and would be easy to own. So how does she handle ? You push the throttle forward and the turbo Yanmar wakes from its sleep and the boat accelerates. As it does so the bow lifts, in the style of all warped-plane hulls, but the bow does not rise far enough to obscure the helmsman’s view, which is not always the case. 

The trim tabs were out of action on the day of our run, but they were not needed. Usually their job is to lower the nose when cruise speed is reached, but the boat’s handling did not seem to be impaired by their absence. The Mainship corners flat, which I always reckon is good for safety and for not scaring the kids. Deepvee hulls counter centrifugal force when they lean into a turn; a warped-planer subjects the occupants to centrifugal force and the occupants have to

Review by Jack Horner in 2012 BoatUS
Mainship Pilot⢠30 By Jack Hornor Revised by BoatUS editors in October 2012

Timeless styling, along with a size and accommodations that customers moving up from smaller models or down from larger ones can both appreciate, have kept Mainship’s Pilot⢠30 a popular model.

The design is a product of Mainship’s in-house staff. To my eye, this is a good looking design that stands on its own, but is clearly influenced by working craft such as New England’s lobster and bass boats, and the model’s likely namesake – the “pilot” boats used to transport harbor pilots to and from ships entering and leaving harbors around the world.

The express (open bridgedeck and cockpit) version was introduced in 1998 and the sedan model (pictured), with her enclosed bridgedeck, was added in 2000. Although not immediately apparent, the model underwent another revision in 2003 which included a shortening of the keel, a prop pocket to reduce draft and shaft angle, and interior rearrangements.

The Pilot⢠30 is a very versatile boat that adapts easily to a wide range of boating interests from day trips to fishing, diving and weekend cruising.

Mainship controls costs by keeping their construction methods traditional and the Pilot⢠30 is no exception. The hull is laminated with chopped strand mat and woven roving fiberglass cloth with Coremat above the waterline and high quality gelcoat to help prevent osmotic blistering. The hull is reinforced with plywood bulkheads and four longitudinal plywood stringers.

Bulkheads are attached with fiberglass cloth and resin and stringers are encased in and attached with fiberglass and resin. Drain holes through stringers and bulkheads are coated with plastic resin to prevent water penetrating the wood core. Even so, this can be a potential problem area if the bilges are not kept clean and dry.

The cabin and deck are molded with chopped strand mat, fiberglass cloth and resin with balsa and plywood core for strength, rigidity and light weight. The hull and deck are assembled with 3-M 5200 adhesive sealant and sheet metal fasteners on 8-inch centers. The quality of the fit and finish I have seen on several of these models has varied from marginal to well done, although quality control does seem to have improved on newer models.

The more people you try to please with any design, the more compromises that will have to be made. So it is with the deck arrangement of the Pilot⢠30, but this is still an efficient use of space. The foredeck is small but incorporates a pulpit for easy storage, launch and retrieval of the anchor as well as a foredeck anchor locker. The cockpit, which measures slightly over 8 feet wide and 4′ 6″ long, will be tight for fishermen and divers but it is very well thought out and balances well with other accommodations. Cleats are positioned so they can’t injure passengers and hawse holes are provided.

A transom door was added in 2000 and is a real benefit for boarding via the optional swim platform. The bridgedeck provides a separate captain’s seat to starboard and mate’s seat to port as well as port and starboard longitudinal bench seats.

Below deck sleeping and dining accommodations are forward with galley and head aft. The 2003 interior redesign replaced the combination V-berth/dinette with a small permanent berth forward followed by a separate dinette. The original port galley and starboard head were swapped side-for-side with the redesign. Headroom, which can be an issue on boats this size, isn’t on the Pilot⢠30. There is 6′ 3″ clearance throughout most of the main cabin.

Three different auxiliary diesel engines have been offered on the Pilot⢠30 including 175-hp and 230-hp Yanmar or 220-hp Cummins models. All are efficient with very good weight to horsepower ratios with readily avail

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

GPS Plotter Radio Autopilot VHF Compass Depthsounder Navigation Center Battery Charger Electric Bilge Pump Shore Power Inlet Cockpit Shower Cockpit Speakers Swimming Ladder Bow Thruster

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