The Beneteau 57, a centre-cockpit fractional sloop, was designed by Farr Yacht Design and built in France by Beneteau.
* A shoal draft verson was also produced with a draft of 6'10" (2.1m)
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 20.3
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 35.2
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 182
4. Comfort Ratio: 35.5
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.8
1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 20.3 suggests that, in the right hands, the Beneteau 57 will have enough performance to leave most other sailboats of similar waterline length well astern.
2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 35.2 would usually mean that the Beneteau 57 would have a tendency to heel uncomfortably in a gust, and need to be reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.
However, as she has much of her ballast concentrated in a bulb at the foot of her keel, she's likely to be considerably stiffer than her published Ballast/Displacement Ratio might suggest.
3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 182, tells us the Beneteau 57 is clearly a light displacement sailboat. If she's loaded with too much heavy cruising gear and equipment her performance will suffer to a degree.
4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 35.5 suggests that crew comfort of a Beneteau 57 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a moderate bluewater cruising boat - a predictable and acceptable motion for most seasoned sailors.
5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.8 tells us that a Beneteau 57 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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