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
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:
- Shoal draft, drawing 6'0" (1.8m)
- 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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