The Kelly Peterson 46 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators
The Kelly Peterson 46, a masthead sloop, was designed by Doug Peterson and built in Taiwan by Queen Long Marine.
The Kelly Peterson 46
Published Specification for the Kelly Peterson 46
Underwater Profile: Fin keel & skeg-hung rudder
Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)
Length Overall: 46'3" (14.1m)
Waterline Length: 40'10" (12.4m)
Beam: 13'4" (4.1m)
Draft: 6'8" (2.0m)
Rig Type: Masthead sloop, but also available as a cutter
Displacement: 33,300lb (15,105kg)
Ballast: 11,330lb (5,139kg)
Designer: Doug Peterson
Builder: Queen Long Marine (Taiwan)
Year First Built: 1980
Year Last Built: 1990
Number Built: 30
Published Design Ratios for the Kelly Peterson 46
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 17.1
- 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: 34.0
- Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
- Over 40: stiffer, more powerful
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 218
- Under 100: Ultralight
- 100 to 200: Light
- 200 to 275: Moderate
- 275 to 350: Heavy
- Over 350: Ultraheavy
4. Comfort Ratio: 38.5
- 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: 1.7
- 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 Kelly Peterson 46
1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 17.1 suggests that the Kelly Peterson 46 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 34.0 means that a sailboat like the Kelly Peterson 46 (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 218 tells us the Kelly Peterson 46 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 38.4 suggests that crew comfort of a Kelly Peterson 46 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 indicates that a Kelly Peterson 46 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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