The Little Harbor 54, a centre-cockpit sloop, was designed by Ted Hood and built in the USA by Little Harbor Yachts Inc.
Underwater Profile: Centreboard & skeg-hung rudder
Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)
Length Overall: 54'0" (16.5m)
Waterline Length: 43'2" (13.2m)
Beam: 15'0" (4.7m)
Draft (centreboard up): 6'4" (1.9m)
Draft (centreboard down): 12'1" (3.7m)
Rig Type: Masthead sloop
Displacement: 62,359lb (28,286kg)
Designer: Ted Hood
Builder: Little Harbor Yachts (USA)
Year First Built: 1989
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 13.0
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 30.5
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 346
4. Comfort Ratio: 56.4
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.5
1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of just 13.0 suggests that the Little Harbor 54 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 30.5 means that a sailboat like the Little Harbor 54 (which doesn't have its ballast concentrated in a bulb at the foot of a deep keel), is likely to benefit from being reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.
3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 346, tells us the Little Harbor 54 is clearly a heavy displacement cruising boat. You can load her down with all your cruising gear and equipment and it will hardly affect her waterline. Not an ideal choice for coastal sailing, but she'll come into her own on an offshore passage in testing conditions.
4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 54.6 suggests that crew comfort of a Little Harbor 54 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of an extremely heavy bluewater boat - and that's as comfortable as life ever gets on a sailing boat!
5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.5 tells us that a Little Harbor 54 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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