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.

An Aphrodite 101 sailboat under full sailThe 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 AssociationOTT-Yacht 

Published Design Ratios for the Aphrodite 101

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 20.8

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 57.0

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 152.4

4. Comfort Ratio: 21.6

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.7

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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. 

More about the Aphrodite 101...

The Aphrodite 101 is a 9.9-meter (32.5-foot) monohull sailboat that combines performance, beauty, and simplicity. It is a fractional sloop with a single-spreader mast and a large mainsail. The boat has a fin keel with a spade rudder, and can be steered by a tiller or a wheel. The boat has a displacement of 2.8 tons and a ballast of 1.2 tons, giving it a good stability and responsiveness. The boat can reach speeds of up to 7 knots in light winds and up to 12 knots in strong winds.

The Aphrodite 101 was originally built by Bianca Yachts in Denmark, but later production was taken over by Copland Boats in Sweden and Ott Yacht in Germany. Nearly 500 boats have been built to date, with over 140 sailing on Lake Constance in Germany. 

The Aphrodite 101 is ideal for recreational sailors who enjoy racing, cruising, or day sailing. The boat is easy to handle, even single-handedly, and can cope with various weather conditions. The boat is also suitable for family sailing, as it has enough space and comfort for four people to sleep on board.

The Aphrodite 101 has a simple but functional interior layout that maximizes the use of space. The boat has four berths: two in the forepeak cabin and two in the saloon. The saloon also has a folding table that can seat four people for dining or socializing. The galley is located on the port side of the saloon, and has a sink, a stove, and some storage space. The navigation station is located on the starboard side of the saloon, and has a chart table, an instrument panel, and some drawers. The head is located aft of the navigation station, and has a toilet, a sink, and some lockers.

The Aphrodite 101 does not have any other versions or options for the accommodation layout. However, some owners have customized their boats by adding or removing bulkheads, cabinets, or cushions to suit their preferences.

Hull and Deck
The Aphrodite 101 has a sleek and graceful hull shape that gives it an attractive appearance and a good performance. The hull is made of fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP), which is strong, light, and durable. The hull has a white gelcoat finish with blue stripes along the waterline and the sheerline.

The deck of the Aphrodite 101 is also made of FRP with a non-slip surface. The deck has a large cockpit that can accommodate up to six people comfortably. The cockpit has two lockers for storing sails, lines, or other equipment. The cockpit also has an outboard motor bracket on the transom for mounting an auxiliary engine.

The mast of the Aphrodite 101 is deck-stepped and made of aluminum alloy. The mast has one set of swept-back spreaders that support the shrouds and the forestay. The mast also has internal halyards that run through exit boxes on the mast base.

The above text was drafted by using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; we believe it to be accurate to the best of our knowledge.

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