The Dawn 48, a centre-cockpit ketch, was designed by German Frers and built in Hong Kong by Kong & Halvorsen Marine & Engineering Co. Ltd.
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
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 18.7
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 42.2
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 230
4. Comfort Ratio: 30.0
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.9
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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