The Young 88 Sailboat

Designed and built by Jim Young Marine Ltd in New Zealand, the Young 88 is a cruiser/racer yacht as well as a family boat.

A Young 88 Cruiser/Racer sailboatThe Young 88 Cruiser/Racer is a multipurpose sailboat with speed and agility for racing, and space and comfort for cruising

There is an active Young 88 class racing series and it has recently been announced that a two-handed mixed offshore keelboat event has been added to the programme for the 2024 Paris Olympics - it's something the Young 88 class association have embraced. 

Published Specification for the Young 88

Underwater Configuration: Fin keel with spade rudder

Hull Material:  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall: 29' 4" / 8.94m

Waterline Length: 26' 4" / 8.02m

Beam: 0' 10" / 3.30m

Draft: 5' 9" / 1.75m

Rig Type: Fractional Sloop

Displacement: 5,843lb / 2,650kg

Designer: Jim Young

Builder: Jim Young Marine Ltd (NZ)

Year First Built: 1981

Year Last Built: ?

Number Built: 158

Owners Association: ?

Published Design Ratios for the Young 88

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 19.0

  • Less than 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 38.0

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

Displacement/Length Ratio: 143

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

Comfort Ratio: 13.9

  • 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

Capsize Screening Formula: 2.4

  • 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 Published Design Ratios for the Young 88

  1. She's a reasonably good performer under sail;
  2. She's less stiff than some of the other vessels in her class;
  3. She's in the light displacement category;
  4. Crew comfort in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with that of a lightweight racing boat;
  5. She's better suited for inshore passages than ocean passages;

Sailboats designed by Jim Young include:

Young 12m

Young 5.2m

Young 6mm

Young 88

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