The Swan 38, a heavy displacement masthead sloop, was designed by Sparkman & Stephens and built in Finland by Nautor Swan.
Underwater Profile: Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder
Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)
Length Overall: 38'3" (11.7m)
Waterline Length: 28'9" (8.8m)
Beam: 11'7" (3.5m)
Draft: 6'4" (1.9m)
Rig Type: Masthead sloop
Displacement: 18,300lb (6,301kg)
Ballast: 7,100lb (3,221kg)
Designer: Sparkman & Stephens
Builder: Nautor Swan (Finland)
Year First Built: 1974
Year Last Built: 1979
Number Built: 116
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 15.9
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 38.8
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 345
4. Comfort Ratio: 34.4
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.8
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1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 15.9 suggests that the Swan 38 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 38.8 means that a sailboat like the Swan 38 (which doesn't have a stiffness-enhancing bulb keel), is likely to benefit from being reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.
3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 345, tells us the Swan 38 is clearly a heavy displacement cruising boat. You can load her down with all your cruising gear and equipment and it will hardly affect her waterline. Not an ideal choice for coastal sailing, but she'll come into her own on an offshore passage in testing conditions.
4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 34.4 suggests that crew comfort of a Swan 38 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 indicates that a Swan 38 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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