The Olson Ultra Light Displacement Boat is a breed of sailboats designed by George Olson of Santa Cruz, California starting around 1978. Inspired while delivering a 68' ultra light from Honolulu to Santa Cruz, Olson decided to design a 30' ultra light displacement boat which would revolutionize sailboat racing in light and heavy conditions.
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In total, 246 of these 30-foot ultra lights were produced by Olson's company, Pacific Yachts, under the name Olson 30.
In 1982, Pacific Yachts introduced the Olson 40 (shown above) for long distance and live-aboard sailors as a fast, stable, comfortable cruising yacht. 29 hulls were built over 2 years.
In 1984, the Olson 30 design was revamped as the Olson 29. The 29 has the same hull as the 30 but otherwise differs widely. Production commenced in 1985 and at least 27 were built.
Sadly, in 1987 Pacific Yachts closed its doors for good. However, the fleet is still running strong. While still having a strong Californian presence, Olson's ultra light boats have spread across the continent, sprouting new communities in Florida, Annapolis/Chesapeake, and Kingston (Lake Ontario).
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