MDI 30 - Thoughts, opinions, etc

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Getting pretty serious about this boat - a 1990 MDI 30 with a 6BTA Cummins. Hauled the boat to look it over with a friend/surveyor last week and I have made a deposit. Built-down solid glass hull, wet keel. This particular boat is sort of yacht finished, or the way a workboat builder would attempt a yacht finish. Has a finished cabin with v berth, enclosed head, galley, etc. Seems like a solid boat - very simple and clean.

My only reservation is the lack of knowledge with this builder and hull. Both google and a search of this site really didn't have much to say. Asking around locally has not come up with much. A few surveyors I have asked mentioned they are all sturdy & solid...but so aren't all DE boats of this size :confused:

Any insight is MUCH appreciated. Thanks!

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Builder Weldon Lenord (Mount Desert Boats) Merton Rich (Designer)....there is not a lot to know other then they built a heavy duty....Kick Ass Boat....Buy It!
 

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Lovely hull....show us how they finished out the cabin....NEED MORE PHOTOS !!! GOOD LUCK and be safe on the water....!
 

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I realize there are differences, but it kinda reminds me of a Cape Dory. Seems like a pretty sweet little boat. I wonder how the roll will be with as much built-down shape as she has.
 

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MDI, thanks for the info. I am moving forward with the sale - was just looking for any experience anyone might have with one of these.

Looks like someone found the listing - surprised it is still active. Plenty of pictures there

Ed, if i did as much drifting as you I'd worry about the same thing, but I'd rather have a deep boat for more cabin and engine space below deck. This is gonna be a combination cruising/work boat spending a lot of time underway. The one review I have heard so far is they are outstanding in a head sea - possibly better than average for this size/type - all subjective though.

Thanks for the replies
 

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Congrats, looks like a solid deal. 8 gph at 22 kts WOT:eek:
 

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Thanks for the comments

Yeah, I'm not convinced with that fuel burn, but we'll see. I'll be happy with anything close. No engine box at all - it's a very deep boat. Full stand up headroom everywhere in the cabin, good engine access everywhere.
 

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Towboat,The MDI boats are one of the best head sea boats you will ever be on......I do a lot of drifting and have to deal with a lot of big boat wakes.....all you have to do it turn the bow or the stern into the big cruiser wakes and you won't even feel the wave go by
 

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Thanks, MDI - just the kind of thing I want to hear! I'll be sure to take more pictures & update after we close on the boat. If all goes well, I should be delivering her home on the 21st!
 

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Thanks, MDI - just the kind of thing I want to hear! I'll be sure to take more pictures & update after we close on the boat. If all goes well, I should be delivering her home on the 21st!
Good luck with your purchase.....keep us posted
 

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Yeah this is something I'd like to get into in about five years....perfect mothership...great to seek out coves and anchorages and spend a long weekend...and plenty of room for the other toys!
 

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Solid glass hull along with fiberglass fuel tanks are big selling features in a used boat. I am not a big fan of fiberglass rudders, but it is not a deal breaker. Great power with reasonable hours. Is the motor rated at 330 HP? If so she will move well. good luck it appears to be a well built, well maintained vessel.
 

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Thanks for the positive replies! I'm wicked excited about this - It's the most I have ever personally spent on a boat & the process is taking longer than the last real estate transaction I did, but it will be worth it!


Yeah this is something I'd like to get into in about five years....perfect mothership...great to seek out coves and anchorages and spend a long weekend...and plenty of room for the other toys!

This is EXACTLY what we intend to use the boat for primarily.
 

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Solid glass hull along with fiberglass fuel tanks are big selling features in a used boat. I am not a big fan of fiberglass rudders, but it is not a deal breaker. Great power with reasonable hours. Is the motor rated at 330 HP? If so she will move well. good luck it appears to be a well built, well maintained vessel.


I agree with you on the rudder, but like you said it's not a deal breaker at all. I believe the first generation 12 valve 6BTA's were rated at 315hp, but either way the boat moves very well. Sea trial in 2-3 footers with two people and full fuel showed an honest 15kts at 1800-2K for cruise and 20-22ks at 2800RPM WOT.

As far as I'm concerned either this Cummins or the comparable John Deere are the best options for a boat this size. It's also a big plus to be able to walk into Napa & order most anything you need for it off the shelf. My truck has the common rail version with over 225K of heavy work & towing. Can't go wrong
 

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Home! Finally getting around to updating this thread. I brought the boat home on 7/19. I had a 7 hour ride at 13-15kts so it was a great trip to get to know the boat. Had a small craft warning with SW 4-6 by the time I got to Monhegan and I'm definitely impressed with the hull. Nice easy motion, no drama. It does get pushed around a bit with a quartering sea, but nothing that isn't easily corrected with a quick rudder command.

The boat must be laid up pretty well as I was playing around a bit trying out different courses and speeds in that same 4-6 and the only time I would ever really feel anything through the boat at all is the occasional short & steep 6 footer head on at over 15kts. Feels very solid overall.

I don't have any real fuel data yet as I haven't made up a sounding table, but 6gph at a 15kt cruise looks like a very honest estimate and I'll be more than happy with that.

First project is going to be to service the raw water aftercooler since they always make me nervous. Needs a few miscellaneous things other than that so I plan to schedule a couple months in my heated bay when she comes out in October for a good thorough inspection

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Great to see stories like this here...

I'm probably someone already brought up Tony Athen's Cummins god of America to you. I did the aftercooler bit with him, then did one fuel thing for him and now doing some more filter rigs with his stuff. SBMar.com lol

Have a great season with her...
 

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Great looking boat and apparently fantastic sea boat. Steep 6' waves 15+ kts could not due any better in a 38'+ boat. Best of luck.....
 
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