The Tayana 47 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Tayana 47 cutter was designed by Bob Perry and built in Taiwan by the Ta Yang Yacht Building Co. Ltd. This boat featured here is the centre-cockpit version but they were also produced with a deck-saloon layout.

A Tayana 47 sailboat anchored in Prince Rupert Bay, Dominica in the West Indies

Published Specification for the Tayana 47

Underwater Configuration: Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 47'0" (14.3m)

Waterline Length: 40'3" (12.3m)

Beam: 14'6" (4.4m)

Draft: 6'0" (1.8m)

Rig Type: Cutter

Displacement: 35,000lb (15,876kg)

Designer: Robert Perry

Builder: Ta Yang Yacht Building Co. Ltd (Taiwan)

Year First Built: 1991

Owners Association:

Published Design Ratios for the Tayana 47

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 20.7

Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 33.4

Displacement/Length Ratio: 240

Comfort Ratio: 36.6

Capsize Screening Formula: 1.8

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Tayana 47

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 20.7 suggests that, in the right hands, the Tayana 47 will have enough performance to leave most other sailboats of similar waterline length well astern. 

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 33.4 means that the Tayana 47 will have a tendency to heel excessively in a gust, and she'll need to be reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze. 

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 240, tells us the Tayana 47 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 33.6 suggests that crew comfort of a Tayana 47 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 tells us that a Tayana 47 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 

Motre about the Tayana 47 Sailboat...

The Tayana 47 has a comfortable two-cabin, a two-head layout that provides excellent private accommodations for two couples. The guest stateroom forward features a large V-berth with ample storage space and a desk on the port side. The guest head is to starboard aft of the forward stateroom and features a separate shower stall.

The salon space feels large even for a boat of 47 feet. There is a curved settee with a table to port and a straight settee to starboard with a round cocktail table. Aft and to starboard in the salon is the nav station with a large outboard-facing chart table.

The master stateroom with its walk-around double berth is truly a great space. There is excellent storage space, including drawers under the berth and lockers on both sides. A desk and vanity are located forward on the port side. To starboard, there is access to the private aft head with a separate shower stall.

The interior of the Tayana 47 is finished with quality materials and superb craftsmanship. The woodwork is teak throughout with teak and holly cabin sole. The upholstery is blue fabric with white piping. The cabinetry is solid teak with louvred doors. The lighting is LED throughout. The ventilation is provided by opening ports, hatches and cabin fans.

The hull of the Tayana 47 is made of solid fibreglass with vinylester resin for osmosis protection. The deck is made of balsa-cored fibreglass with a teak overlay on most areas except for the coachroof and cockpit seats. The hull-to-deck joint is bonded with epoxy resin and through-bolted with stainless steel fasteners.

The deck layout of the Tayana 47 is designed for easy handling and safety. The centre cockpit is spacious and well-protected by a high coaming and a dodger. The cockpit seats are long and comfortable, with storage lockers underneath. The cockpit sole is teak. The steering is provided by a single pedestal-mounted wheel with a leather cover and a binnacle with a compass, engine controls and instrument displays. The cockpit table is foldable and has cup holders.

The deck features of the Tayana 47 include a large foredeck with an anchor locker, a bow pulpit with dual anchor rollers, a stainless steel bow sprit with a teak platform, a stainless steel stern pulpit with teak seats, a stainless steel swim ladder, a transom shower, a sugar scoop stern with a storage locker, custom stainless dinghy davits, custom stainless outboard motor hoist, custom stainless radar arch with solar panels, custom stainless bimini frame with canvas cover, custom stainless grab rails on the coachroof, dorade vents with stainless guards, opening ports with screens, hatches with screens, teak handrails on the coachroof, teak rub rails with stainless steel striker plates, teak toe rails, and teak cap rails.

The above text was drafted by using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; we believe it to be accurate to the best of our knowledge.

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