The Grand Soleil 39, a moderate displacement masthead sloop, was designed by Alain Jezequel and built in Italy by Cantiere del Pardo.
Underwater Profile: Fin keel with spade rudder
Hull Material: GRP (Fiberglass)
Length Overall: 41'0" (12.50m)
Waterline Length: 32'4" (9.9m)
Beam: 12'4" (3.8m)
Draft: 6'4" (1.9m)
Rig Type: Masthead Sloop
Displacement: 18,298lb (8,300kg)
Designer: Alain Jezequel
Builder: Cantiere del Pardo (Italy)
Year First Built: 1983
Year Last Built: 1990
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 15.4
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 41.0
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 242
4. Comfort Ratio: 28.5
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.9
1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 15.4 suggests that the Grand Soleil 39 will need a good 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 41.0 means that the Grand Soleil 39 will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves.
3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 242, tells us the Grand Soleil 39 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 28.5 suggests that crew comfort of a Grand Soleil 39 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 tells us that a Grand Soleil 39 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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