The Hinckley Souwester 42 was designed by McCurdy & Rhodes and built in the USA by Henry R. Hinckley & Co.
Underwater Profile: Fin keel and skeg-hung Rudder
Hull Material: GRP
Length Overall: 42'9" (12.1m)
Waterline Length: 31'3" (9.5m)
Beam: 12'6" (3.8m)
Draft: 7'0" (2.1m) or shoal draft version 5'0" (1.5m)
Rig Type: Masthead sloop (or cutter)
Displacement: 24,000lb (10,886kg)
Designer: McCurdy & Rhodes
Builder: Henry R. Hinckley & Co (USA)
Year First Built: 1995
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 15.8
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 35.4
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 351
4. Comfort Ratio: 37.0
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.7
1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of just 15.8 suggests that the Hinckley Sou'wester 42 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 35.4 means that the Hinckley Sou'wester 42 will have a tendency to heel excessively in a gust, and she'll need to be reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.
3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 351, puts the Hinckley Sou'wester 42 in the top end of the heavy displacement category and just creeping into the ultra-heavy category. Load her up as much as you like and her performance will be hardly affected. Few sailboats are built to this displacement category these days - but they remain popular with many experienced long-distance sailors.
4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 37.4 suggests that crew comfort of a Hinckley Sou'wester 42 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 1.7 tells us that a Hinckley Souwester 42 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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