The Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 48-2 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 48-2, a light displacement cutter, was designed by Berret-Racoupeau Yacht Design and built in France by Wauquiez Boats.

A Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 48-2 about to weigh anchorA Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 48-2

Published Specification for the Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 48-2

Underwater Profile: Bulb fin keel & spade rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 48'6" (14.8m)

Waterline Length: 41'10" (12.8m)

Beam: 15'2" (4.6m)

Draft: 6'11" (2.1m)*

Rig Type: Cu

Displacement: 30,865lb (14,000kg)

Designer: Berret-Racoupeau Yacht Design

Builder: Wauquiez Boats (France)

Year First Built: 2015

* Two other keel options are available:

  1. Shoal draft, drawing 6'0" (1.8m)
  2. Deep draft, drawing 7'9" (2.4m)

Published Design Ratios for the Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 48-2

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 17.9

  • 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: 27.9

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

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 188

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

4. Comfort Ratio: 29.3

  • 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: 1.9

  • 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 Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 48-2

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 17.9 suggests that the Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 48-2 will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 27.9 would usually mean that the Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 48-2 would have a tendency to heel uncomfortably in a gust, and need to be reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.

However, as she has much of her ballast concentrated in a bulb at the foot of her keel, she's likely to be considerably stiffer than her published Ballast/Displacement Ratio might suggest.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 188, tells us the Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 48-2 is a light displacement sailboat. If she's loaded with too much heavy cruising gear her performance will suffer to a degree.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 29.3 suggests that crew comfort of a Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 48-2 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser with moderate stability, which is not encouraging news for anyone prone to seasickness. 

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.9 indicates that a Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 48-2 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than similar ones with a CSF of more than 2.0. 


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