The Rustler 36 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators
The Rustler 36, a long-keeled masthead sloop, was designed by Holman & Pye and built in the UK by Rustler Yachts Ltd.
This Rustler 36 does the Atlantic circuit (Europe - Caribbean - Europe) most years, and is sailed by a British singlehander.
Published Specification for the Rustler 36
Underwater Profile: Long keel, with transom-hung rudder
Hull Material: GRP (fiberglass)
Length Overall: 35'4" (10.8m)
Waterline Length: 26'11" (8.2m)
Beam: 11'0" (3.4m)
Draft: 5'6" (1.7m)
Rig Type: Masthead sloop
Displacement: 16,805lb (7,623kg)
Designer: Holman & Pye
Builder: Rustler Yachts (UK)
Year First Built: 1980
Number Built: 100
Published Design Ratios for the Rustler 36
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 11.4
- 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: 45.3
- Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
- Over 40: stiffer, more powerful
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 385
- Under 100: Ultralight
- 100 to 200: Light
- 200 to 275: Moderate
- 275 to 350: Heavy
- Over 350: Ultraheavy
4. Comfort Ratio: 36.2
- 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: 1.7
- 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 Rustler 36
1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of just 11.4 suggests that the Rustler 36 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 45.3 means that the Rustler 36 will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves.
3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 385, tells us the Rustler 36 is firmly in the ultra-heavy displacement category. Load her up as much as you like and her performance will be hardly affected. Few if any sailboats are built to this displacement category these days - but they remain popular with some long-distance sailors.
4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 36.2 suggests that crew comfort of a Rustler 36 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 1.7 tells us that a Rustler 36 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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