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How heavy is too heavy II ?

The original question asks us to evaluate "heaviness", not size, not hull shape, not what percentage is ballast, or how much sail area drives it. A "heavy" boat, to a designer, is one with a displacement/length ratio in the range of 300 to 350. 200 to 285 is "moderate", 140 to 175 "light", and <100 "ultra light".
Divide the displacement in long tons (2240#) by (0.01 x lwl) cubed. The 33,000# 41''er would have a D/L of about 310 - 320, depending on its lwl. That''s heavy.
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Actually, I started this thread and the original question was concerning boats that like my friend''s 41''er that displaces 38,000lbs(I was in error with the 33,000lb statement)has to weigh that much.
Why do people think that this kind of gross overweight is a good thing? Jeeze, you might as well have a motor sailor.

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How heavy is too heavy II ?

I have nothing against motorsailors (even if they are not for me) but 38 000lbs is a lot for a 41ft, even for a motorsailer. The Nauticat 44 (one of the best of its kind) weighs "only" 32 000lbs.
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Well, for what it's worth, my Lady is 45 on deck, and displaces 34,600 pounds. She is sea-kindly through thirty foot chop, and for all that, She won the Americas' Sail tall ship race single handed. I personally do not believe there is a monohull (properly designed) that is too heavy. The heavier built, the better. Empresa is heavier than any production boat in her class ever built, and She can still beat boats more than twice her waterline. I am not saying I can beat a J, or a cat, but when it comes to 60 kts+ I know who will win.
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Empresa, you are replying to a thread that is 2 and 1/2 years old and some if not all these members may not be around. I'ts not a good idea to revive old threads.

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