The Cambria 44 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Cambria 44, an aft-cockpit cutter, was designed by David Walters and built in the USA by Cabo Rico Custom Yachts Inc.

'Katahdin', a centreboard version of the Cambria 44 sailboat was the last one built.The Cambria 44

Published Specification for the Cambria 44

Underwater Configuration: Centreboard keel & skeg-hung rudder.

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 45'11" (14.0m)

Waterline Length: 36'4" (11.1m)

Beam: 13'5" (4.1m)

Draft: 10'6" (3.2m) with the centreboard down; 5'6" (1.7m) with it up. A shallow fin of 5'11" (1.8m) draft and a deep fin version of 7'6" (2.3m) draft were also available.

Rig Type: Cutter

Displacement: 28,600lb (12,973kg)

Designer: David Walters

Builder: Cabo Rico Custom Yachts Inc (USA)

Year First Built: 1985

Year Last Built: 1990

Number Built: 18

Published Design Ratios for the Cambria 44

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 16.4

  • 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: 40.2

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

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 266

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

4. Comfort Ratio: 35.3

  • 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: 1.8

  • 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 Cambria 44

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 16.4 suggests that the Cambria 44 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 40.2 means that the Cambria 44 will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 266, tells us the Cambria 44 is a moderate displacement cruiser, which means she'll carry all your cruising gear without it having a dramatic effect on her performance. Most of today's sailboats intended for offshore cruising fall into this displacement category.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 35.3 suggests that crew comfort of a Cambria 44 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 Cambria 44 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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