The Nordica 20 Sailboat

The remarkable little boat, the Nordica 20, has made ocean crossings and successfully handled some severe storms.

'Godot', a Nordica 20 sailboatThe diminutive 'Godot' at the Tamar River Sailing Club (Plymouth UK) after having successfully completed the 2016 Jester Azores Challenge, a voyage of 1,500 miles each way.

The Halman 20 is a development of the Nordica 20, as is the Halman 21 which is similar but sports a bowsprit.

Published Specification for the Nordica 20

Underwater Profile: Long keel & transon-hung rudder

Hull Material:  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall: 19' 6" / 5.9m

Waterline Length: 16' 6" / 5.0m

Beam: 7' 8" / 2.34m

Draft: 3' 0" / 0.9m

Rig Type: Masthead Sloop

Displacement: 2,500lb / 1,134kg

Designer: Malta-Muller

Builder: Nordica Yachts (Canada)

Year First Built: 1975

Year Last Built: ?

Number Built: ?

Owners Association: ?

Published Design Ratios for the Nordica 20

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 16.3

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

Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 40.5

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

Displacement/Length Ratio: 250

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

Comfort Ratio: 14.8

  • 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

Capsize Screening Formula: 2.3

  • 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 Published Design Ratios for the Nordica 20

  1. She's a reasonably good performer under sail;
  2. She's stiffer than most other vessels in her class;
  3. She's in the moderate displacement category;
  4. Crew comfort in a seaway is commensurate with that of a lightweight racing boat, owing to her very small size;
  5. She's less suited for ocean passages than most other similar vessels in her class;

Sailboats in the Nordica range include:

  • Nordica 20
  • Nordica 29/30

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