The Dawn 48 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Dawn 48, a centre-cockpit ketch, was designed by German Frers and built in Hong Kong by Kong & Halvorsen Marine & Engineering Co. Ltd.

The Dawn 48 'Crusader' cruising yacht at anchor in St Anne, Martinique, West IndiesA Dawn 48 Ketch

Published Specification for the Dawn 48

Underwater Configuration: Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 48'1" (14.7m)

Waterline Length: 37'7" (11.5m)

Beam: 14'6" (4.4m)

Draft: 6'0" (1.8m)

Rig Type: Masthead Ketch

Displacement: 27,500lb (12,474kg)

Designer: German Frers

Builder: Kong & Halvorsen Marine & Eng. Co. Ltd. (Hong Kong)

Year First Built: 1983

Year Last Built: 1985

Number Built: 18

Published Design Ratios for the Dawn 48

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 18.7

  • 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: 42.2

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

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 230

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

4. Comfort Ratio: 30.0

  • 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: 1.9

  • 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 Dawn 48

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 18.7 suggests that the Dawn 48 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 42.2 means that the Dawn 48 will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 230, tells us the Dawn 48 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 30.0 suggests that crew comfort of a Dawn 48 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 1.9 tells us that a Dawn 48 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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