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Boat length and solo sailing
My list of solo boats only gave length and not seaworthiness parameters. To carry on with this, I did take the 32 foot length from that investigation and plot up the D/LWL and SA/D of 55 production sailboats that were more or less 32 feet long.
The plots clustered around D/LWL of 280 and SA/D of around 17. Not really a surprize.
They gathered between 190 to 390 and 14 to 21.
The 32 +/- foot boats that were in this range were: Aloha 32, C&C32, Ericson, Nicholson, Ranger 33, Sabre34, Tanzer 10.5.
Boats with heavier displacement but still higher performance numbers for SA/D were of personal interest: Dufour 31, Islander 32, Island Packet32, Morgan 324, plus Ericson32 and Sabre 34.
The boats were not sorted by racer/cruiser/bluewater, just initially by about 32 feet of length. I can''t verify their numbers easily, they''re off a website. So with those disclaimers, here''s my shortlist!
Length matters little: it seems its the motion in the ocean that causes the emotion