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post #555 of Old 04-22-2012
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Re: A blue water sailer that can go in light winds

Originally Posted by PCP View Post
If you don't know how to sail you cannot move a sailboat but the difference between an old Alberg full keeler and a modern fast cruiser in light winds is HUGE, providing people know how to sail.

Just to give you an example and comparing an Alberg 30 with an Elan 31 sailing with 8K wind, the Elan is about 2 times faster.

More precisely, considering true wind:

at 40 the Alberg is making 3.1K; the Elan is making 5.2K.

at 60 the Alberg is makig 3.2K; the Elan is making 6.5K.

at 90 the Alberg is makig 3.0K; the Elan is making 6.7k.

at 130 the Alberg is makig 2.7K; the Elan is making 6.5k.

The Elan is a good cruising boat with a great interior and a very good stability. If we compare the Alberg 30 with an offshore cruiser more race oriented like the A31, those differences would be bigger.


I don't know where these polars came from or who was at the wheel or what sail configuration was used but I can tell you my A35 (very similar to the A30 in design) goes a hell of a lot faster than 3 knots with 8 knots of wind on a beam reach. With 160 genny and full main, I am doing closer to 6 knots, still relatively slow when compared to modern hull designs but not THAT slow.

Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.
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