The Royal Cape One Design, a fractionally rigged sloop, was designed by E G van de Stadt and built in South Africa.
Underwater Configuration: Fin keel with spade rudder
Hull Material: Plywood
Length Overall: 29' 9" / 9.1m
Waterline Length: 27' 10" / 8.5m
Beam: 7' 0" / 2.13m
Draft: 5' 2" / 1.6m
Rig Type: Fractional Sloop
Displacement: 4,020lb / 1,823kg
Designer: E G van de Stadt
Year First Built: 1961
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 22.5
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: ?
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 82.7
4. Comfort Ratio: 16.4
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.8
A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 22.5 suggests that, in the right hands, the Royal Cape One Design will leave most other sailboats of her waterline length in her wake. Her very light displacement is largely due to her marine ply construction.
A Displacement/Length Ratio of just 82.7 places the Royal Cape One Design firmly in the ultralight category, making her more suited for racing than cruising.
Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 16.4 suggests that crew comfort in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a lightweight racing boat. Upwind the Royal Cape One Design will slam enough to shake your fillings out with a motion that cruising sailors have no desire to get used to.
Her Capsize Screening Formula of 1.8 tells us that the Royal Cape One Design would be a better choice of sailboat for ocean passage-making than one with a CS rating of more than 2.0.
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