The Jeanneau Attalia 32 Sailboat

The Jeanneau Attalia 32, a masthead sloop, was designed by Joubert-Nivelt and built in France by Jeanneau.

A Jeanneau Attalia 32 sailboat under full sailJeanneau Attalia 32 sloop under full sail

Published Specification for the Jeanneau Attalia 32

Underwater Profile: Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder*

Hull Material: GRP (fibreglass) with balsa-cored deck

Length Overall: 30'6" (9.3m)

Waterline Length: 25'11" (7.9m)

Beam: 10'10" (3.3m)

Draft: 5'9" (1.7m)

Rig Type: Masthead sloop

Displacement: 7,496lb (3,400kg)

Designer: Joubert-Nivelt

Builder: Jeanneau (France)

Year First Built: 1982

Year Last Built: 1988 

Number Built: 250

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*A swing keel version was also produced.


Published Design Ratios for the Jeanneau Attalia 32

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 17.2

  • Less than 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 40.0

  • Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
  • Over 40: stiffer, more powerful

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 192

  • Under 100: Ultralight
  • 100 to 200: Light
  • 200 to 275: Moderate
  • 275 to 350: Heavy
  • Over 350: Ultraheavy

4. Comfort Ratio: 17.8

  • Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
  • 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
  • 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
  • 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
  • Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 2.2

  • Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
  • Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Jeanneau Attalia 32

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 17.2 suggests that the Jeanneau Attalia 32 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 40.0 means that the Jeanneau Attalia 32 will initially stand up reasonably well to her canvas in a moderate breeze, but she'll need a reef in the main to avoid heeling excessively in a gust. 

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 192, tells us the Jeanneau Attalia 32 is clearly a light displacement sailboat. If she's loaded with too much heavy cruising gear her performance will suffer dramatically.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 17.8 suggests that the Jeanneau Attalia 32 will have the motion underway to that of a lightweight racing boat. Crew comfort will often be memorable for all the wrong reasons. Upwind the Jeanneau Attalia 32 will be tender and slam enough to shake your fillings out with a lively motion that most cruising sailors have no desire to get used to.

5. The Capsize Screening Formula of 2.2 tells us that a Jeanneau Attalia 32 would not be a good 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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