The Aphrodite 101 Sailboat
The Aphrodite 101, a fractional sloop, was designed by Paul Elvstrom & Jan Kjaerulff and built in Denmark by Bianca Yachts. She is also known as the Bianca 101.
The Aphrodite 101 is a lightweight and fast sailboat, if somewhat spartan below.
Published Specification for the Aphrodite 101
Underwater Profile: Fin keel with Spade Rudder
Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)
Length Overall: 32'7" / 9.94m
Waterline Length: 26'3" / 8.0m
Beam: 7'11" / 2.4m
Draft: 5'5" / 1.7m
Rig Type: Fractional Sloop
Displacement: 6,174lb / 2,800kg
Designer: Paul Elvstrom & Jan Kjaerulff
Builder: Bianca Yachts (Denmark)
Year First Built: 1977
Number Built: 450
Owners Association: OTT-Yacht
Published Design Ratios for the Aphrodite 101
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 20.8
- 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: 57.0
- Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
- Over 40: stiffer, more powerful
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 152.4
- Under 100: Ultralight
- 100 to 200: Light
- 200 to 275: Moderate
- 275 to 350: Heavy
- Over 350: Ultraheavy
4. Comfort Ratio: 21.6
- 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: 1.7
- 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 the Design Ratios for the Aphrodite 101
1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 20.8 suggests that, in the right hands, the Aphrodite 101 will have enough performance to leave most other sailboats of similar waterline length well astern.
2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 57.0 means that the Aphrodite 101 will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves.
3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 152, tells us the Aphrodite 101 is 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 21.6 suggests that crew comfort of a Aphrodite 101 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser with moderate stability, which is not encouraging news for anyone prone to seasickness.
5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.7 tells us that a Aphrodite 101 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0.
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