The Feeling 446, an aft cockpit sloop, was designed by Philippe Harlé and built in France by Kirie.
Underwater Profile: Fin keel with spade rudder
Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)
Length Overall: 45'3" (13.8m)
Waterline Length: 35'5" (10.8m)
Beam: 14'9" (4.5m)
Draft: 5'3" (1.6m)
Rig Type: Masthead sloop
Displacement: 19,900lb (9,026kg)
Designer: Philippe Harlé
Builder: Kirie (France)
Year First Built: 1990
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 15.6
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 30.2
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 200
4. Comfort Ratio: 22.2
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 2.2
1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of just 15.6 suggests that the Feeling 446 will need a stiff breeze to get her going. In light conditions, unless you've got plenty of time on your hands, motor-sailing may be the way to go.
2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 30.2 means that a sailboat like the Feeling 446 (which doesn't have a stiffness-enhancing bulb keel), is likely to benefit from being reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.
3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 200, tells us the Feeling 446 is a light-to-moderate 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 22.2 suggests that crew comfort of a Feeling 446 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 of 2.2 tells us that a Feeling 446 would not be as good a choice of sailboat for ocean passage-making, owing to the increased risk of capsize in strong winds and heavy seas, when compared to a sailboat with a CSF of less than 2.0.
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