The Vancouver 32 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Vancouver 32, a long-keeled cutter, was designed by Robert Harris and built in the UK by Pheon Yachts and Northshore Yachts.

A Vancouver 32 sailboat at anchor off Nevis in the West IndiesThe Vancouver 32 cutter, a highly regarded sailboat for long distance sailing

Published Specification for the Vancouver 32

Underwater Profile: Long fin keel with transom-hung rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 32'0" (9.8m)

Waterline Length: 27'6" (8.4m)

Beam: 10'7" (3.2m)

Draft: 4'6" (1.4m)

Rig Type: Cutter

Displacement: 14,500lb (6,577kg)

Designer: Robert Harris

Builder: Pheon Yachts (UK) and Northshore Yachts (UK)

Year First Built: 1986

Year Last Built: 1991

Number Built: 63

Owners Association: Vancouver Yachts Association


Published Design Ratios for the Vancouver 32

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 15.9

  • 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: 42.9

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

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 301

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

4. Comfort Ratio: 32.4

  • 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: 1.8

  • 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 Vancouver 32

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of just 15.9 suggests that the Vancouver 32 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 42.9 means that the Vancouver 32 will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 301, tells us the Vancouver 32 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 32.4 suggests that crew comfort of a Vancouver 32 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 Vancouver 32 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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