The Maxi 1000 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators
The Maxi 1000, a moderate displacement fractional sloop, was designed by Pelle Petterson and built in Sweden by Nimbus Boats AB.
A Maxi 1000 Sailboat
Published Specification for the Maxi 1000
Underwater Profile: Bulb-fin keel & spade rudder
Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)
Length Overall: 33'5" (10.2m)
Waterline Length: 26'11" (8.2m)
Beam: 10'8" (3.3m)
Draft: 5'7" (1.7m)
Rig Type: Fractional rig
Displacement: 9,921lb (4,500kg)
Ballast: 3,307lb (1,500kg)
Designer: Pelle Petterson
Builder: Nimbus Boats AB (Sweden)
Year First Built: 1992
Year Last Built: 1999
Number Built: 110
Published Design Ratios for the Maxi 1000
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 17.6
- 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: 33.3
- Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
- Over 40: stiffer, more powerful
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 228
- Under 100: Ultralight
- 100 to 200: Light
- 200 to 275: Moderate
- 275 to 350: Heavy
- Over 350: Ultraheavy
4. Comfort Ratio: 22.7
- 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: 1.9
- 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 Maxi 1000
1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 17.6 suggests that the Maxi 1000 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 33.3 would usually mean that the Maxi 1000 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 228, tells us the Maxi 1000 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 22.7 suggests that crew comfort of a Maxi 1000 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 Maxi 1000 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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