The Albin Vega Sailboat

The Albin Vega was designed by Per Brohall and built in Sweden by Albin Marine. 

An Albin Vega 27 sailboat sailing slowly in light airsThat windvane self-steering gear tells us that the skipper of this Albin Vega 27 has got a serious voyage in mind!

Published Specification for the Albin Vega

Underwater Configuration:  Long fin keel

Hull Material:  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall: 27' 1" / 8.25m

Waterline Length: 23' 0" / 7.01m

Beam: 8' 1" / 2.46m

Draft: 3' 8" / 1.12m

Rig Type: Masthead sloop

Displacement: 5,070lb / 2,300kg

Designer: Per Brohall

Builder: Albin Marine AB (Sweden)

Year First Built: 1965

Year Last Built: 1979

Number Built: 3,450

Owners Association: The Vega Association of Great Britain

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Published Design Ratios for the Albin Vega

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 16.1

  • Less than 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 39.8

  • Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
  • Over 40: stiffer, more powerful

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 186

  • Under 100: Ultralight
  • 100 to 200: Light
  • 200 to 275: Moderate
  • 275 to 350: Heavy
  • Over 350: Ultraheavy

4. Comfort Ratio: 20

  • Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
  • 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
  • 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
  • 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
  • Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.9

  • Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
  • Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages

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Summary Analysis of Published Design Ratios for the Albin Vega

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 16.1 suggests that she'll approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 39.8 means that she'll stand up fairly well to her canvas in a blow, enabling her to power through the waves.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 186, tells us she's clearly a light displacement sailboat. If she's loaded with too much heavy cruising gear her performance will suffer dramatically.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 20 suggests that crew comfort in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser, which is not encouraging news for anyone prone to seasickness. 

5. Her Capsize Screening Formula of 1.9 tells us that she would be a better choice of sailboat for ocean passage-making than one with a CS rating of more than 2.0. 

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