The Malo 50 Sailboat

The Malo 50, a centre-cockpit cruising boat, was designed by Olsoners Batbyggen and built in Sweden by Malo Yachts.

A Malo 50 sailing boat, moored in Prickly Bay, Grenada, West Indies.The Malo 50. Don't be misled by the '50', she's just 36'5" overall!

Published Specification for the Malo 50

Underwater Profile: Long Fin with Skeg-Hung Rudder

Hull Material: GRP

Length Overall: 36'5" (11.1m)

Waterline Length: 29'5" (9.0m)

Beam: 11'0" (3.4m)

Draft: 4'5" (1.4m)

Rig Type: Masthead sloop (also available as ketch)

Displacement: 15,873lb (7,200kg)

Designer: Olsoners Batbyggen

Builder: Malo yachts (Sweden)

Year First Built: 1969

Year Last Built: 1980

Number Built: 140

Published Design Ratios for the Malo 50

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 15.9

  • 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: 44.5

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

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 275

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

4. Comfort Ratio: 31.9

  • 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: 1.8

  • 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 Malo 50

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 15.9 suggests that the Malo 50 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 44.5 means that the Malo 50 will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 275, tells us the Malo 50 is a moderate-to-heavy displacement cruiser, which means she'll carry a reasonable amount of cruising gear without it having a dramatic effect on her performance. Many of today's sailboats intended for offshore cruising fall into this displacement category.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 31.9 suggests that crew comfort of a xxxx 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 1.8 tells us that a Malo 50 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0.

Other sailboats in the Malo range include:

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