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Brief Summary

Luhrs has always specialized in affordable boats, and following in that tradition is the new 30 Open. Equipped with twin Yanmar 6BY2 260-hp diesels, a half tower, a 6 kW Kohler generator, A/C and a colored hull, among other things, the price of $269,000 should turn a lot heads. We got aboard this boat recently and gave her a good look-see.


Length Overall 31' 10'' / 9.70 m
Beam 11' 6''
3.51 m
Dry Weight 10,000 lbs.
4,540 kg
Draft 2' 8''
0.81 m
Deadrise/Transom 19 deg.
Max Headroom N/A
Bridge Clearance 16' 0''
4.87 m
Fuel Capacity 300 gal.
1,136 L
Water Capacity 55 gal.
208 L


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Opt. Power 2 x 260-hp Yanmar 6BY2-260


Deck Warranty Extended Five Year
Hull Warranty Extended Five Year

Captain's Report

Luhrs 30 Open Express

First launched last October, the new Luhrs 30 Open has Carolina flare and a big cockpit ready for action. Her deadrise at the transom is 19 degrees.

When getting aboard an affordable boat it is only natural to wonder "what did they leave out" and "where did they cut corners?" Some may even wonder if the boat is safe. So it was with these sorts of questions in mind -- the kind we get all of the time from our members -- that we boarded the new Luhrs 30 with an open mind and open eyes.

Comparing the Luhrs 30

This boat is 31'10" long when you count the bow pulpit and has an 11'6" beam, draws 2'8" and has a published displacement of 10,000 lbs. right on the nose. When we used's comparison feature with eight other 30' express fishboats (all with household names) we got some interesting results.
Among these nine boats, the new Luhrs 30 was the 2nd most beamy. Her displacement was about average for the other eight boats and all of the inboard-powered boats had about the same draft. The Luhrs ranked #1 in fuel capacity at 300 gallons.
The only basic measurement where the Luhrs 30 did not compare favorably with the other boats where data was available was in headroom. Most of the other boats had 6' headroom or more and the Luhrs reports that its boat has 5'10". We actually measured 5'11-1/4" right by the galley, but in the head we measured 5'10".

Standard Equipment Check

We also looked over the list of standard equipment that Luhrs offers on the new 30, and here again the boat was very much in the game, and in fact had a number of standard items which a number of the others did not have. A few standard items that caught our eye were an automatic high water alarm, bottom paint, automatic engine room fire extinguishing system, the hardtop, and a 22" flat screen TV/DVD/stereo with remote, anchor, chain and rode.
The Luhrs 30 also has Amitico wood on the cabin sole which looked attractive and UltraLeather on the interior seats which is as good as it gets.

Luhrs 30 Open Express

This drawing gives you a good view of the allocation of space on the Luhrs 30. Note how large the cockpit is and the room on the bridge deck.

A 30-Footer for Offshore

There is only so much you can get into a 30' boat and Luhrs has seemed to have used every bit of space efficiently. Essentially the base boat is set up for cruising and, with the addition of some seats in the cockpit would make a fine day boat for any number of activities at an affordable price -- around $200,000. That includes a hardtop which in our book is the only way to go in an express, both from a sun safety standpoint, but also to extend the season.
The boat that we show pictures of here was set up for basic sportfishing. For $269,000 with the twin 260-hp Yanmars, the gen set and all of the rest of it, the price is hard to beat.
Let's take a closer look--

Luhrs 30 Open Express

A baitwell is in the console at the right. The fish box is in the transom. The tackle drawers are to the left. There are "jump seats" abaft the helm and companion positions that face each other and make a good place for anglers to sit in the shade while they wait for the big ones to strike. Under them is access to the outboard side of the engines.

Luhrs 30 Open Express

Tackle cabinet and drawers are standard. This console is to port.

Luhrs 30 Open Express

The instrument panel is large enough for two large screens if you reposition the VHF. Note the pipe welder has gone to some trouble to get the hardtop support brace out of the skippers forward vision.

Luhrs 30 Open Express

Here is the double helm seat with the bolster up. There is 13" (33 cm) of clearance between the wheel and the bolster with the seat all the way back.

Luhrs 30 Open Express

The double companion seat to port also has a bolster, which is a good for when the riding gets rough. There is also a foot rest. Note plexy cover for paper charts.

Luhrs 30 Open Express

Below the galley there is a good amount of counter space for a 30-footer, so long as the Corian covers are over the sink and the single burner stove. The electrical panel is in about the only place it can be. Small refer is at right under the counter.

Luhrs 30 Open Express

With the two Pullman berths, the Luhrs 30 can sleep four adults. The uppers berths are 25-1/2" (64.7 cm) wide and 76" (193 cm) long. With the table down and a filler cushion in the double berth 87" (220 cm) wide and 76" (193 cm) long. Note storage for 6 rods making use of the Carolina flare in the bow.

Luhrs 30 Open Express

To starboard is the wet head which is basic and functional. It has 5'10" (1.79 m) headroom.

Luhrs 30 Open Express

The hatch to the engine room lifts up with the aid of two gas-assisted struts. There is plenty of room between the engines and there is access to fluid checks, sea strainers and thru-hulls. Access to the outboard side of the engines is under the jump seats both port and starboard. We like the standard automatic fire extinguisher.

Luhrs 30 Open Express

At the aft end of the engine you can see the boat's dripless shaft log and raw water strainer.

Luhrs 30 Open Express

This is a view of the bilge in the very stern of the boat. Note that ball valves are on the thru-hull fittings as they should be, and are then followed by the L-shaped pipe, rather than the reverse. All hoses are double clamped and all thru-hulls are bonded. The bilge pump you see is one of three on the boat.

Luhrs 30 Open Express

Looking aft from the bow you can get a good idea of the visibility from the helm. Note the pantograph windshield wipers.

Luhrs 30 Open Express

The optional anchor windlass lives on a platform below the deck.

Luhrs 30 Open Express

The Luhrs 30 has attractive lines and a good allocation of space. Her cockpit is 28" (71 cm) deep where the young lady is standing.

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