The Beneteau Oceanis 500, a light displacement sloop, was designed by Philippe Briand and built in France by Beneteau.
Underwater Profile: Wing keel & spade rudder
Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)
Length Overall: 50'3" (15.3m)
Waterline Length: 44'6" (13.6m)
Beam: 15'7" (4.8m)
Draft: 6'0" (1.8m)
Rig Type: Masthead sloop
Displacement: 30,700lb (13,925kg)
Designer: Philippe Briand
Builder: Beneteau (France)
Year First Built: 1988
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 18.3
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 35.2
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 156
4. Comfort Ratio: 26.5
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.9
1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 18.3 suggests that the Beneteau Oceanis 500 will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.
2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 35.2 would usually mean that the Beneteau Oceanis 500 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 wings 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 156, tells us the Beneteau Oceanis 500 is a light displacement sailboat. If she's loaded with too much heavy cruising gear her performance will suffer to a degree.
4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 26.5 suggests that crew comfort of a Beneteau Oceanis 500 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 1.9 indicates that a Beneteau Oceanis 500 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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