The Jeanneau 53, a fractionally rigged light displacement cruising sloop, was designed by Philippe Briand and built in France by Jeanneau.
Underwater Profile: Bulb-fin keel & spade rudder
Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)
Length Overall: 52'8" (16.1m)
Waterline Length: 45'9" (14.0m)
Beam: 15'8" (4.8m)
Draft: 7'6" (2.3m)
Rig Type: Fractional sloop
Displacement: 32,926lb (14,935kg)
Ballast: 10,990lb (4,985kg)
Designer: Philippe Briand
Builder: Jeanneau (France)
Year First Built: 2008
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 22.2
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 33.4
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 153
4. Comfort Ratio: 27.3
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.9
1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 22.2 suggests that, in the right hands, the Jeanneau 53 will have enough performance to leave most other sailboats of similar waterline length well astern.
2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 33.4 would usually mean that the Jeanneau 53 would have a tendency to heel uncomfortably in a gust, and need to be reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.
However, as she has much of her ballast concentrated in a bulb at the foot of her keel, she's likely to be considerably stiffer than her published Ballast/Displacement Ratio might suggest.
3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 153 tells us the Jeanneau 53 is a light 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 27.3 suggests that crew comfort of a Jeanneau 53 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser with moderate stability, which is not the best of news for anyone prone to seasickness.
5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.9 indicates that a Jeanneau 53 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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