The Normandy sailboat, an ultra-heavy fractionally-rigged sloop, was designed by Laurent Giles Yacht Design and built in Lymington, England by Jack Laurent Giles.
Underwater Profile: Long keel
Hull Material: Wood
Length Overall: 27'8" (8.4m)
Waterline Length: 21'5" (6.5m)
Beam: 7'8" (2.3m)
Draft: 5'3" (1.6m)
Rig Type: Fractional Sloop
Displacement: 7,700lb (3,493kg)
Designer: Laurent Giles
Builder: Jack Laurent Giles (UK)
Year First Built: 1955
Year Last Built: 1970
Number Built: 29
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 14.6
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: Not available
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 351
4. Comfort Ratio: 34.1
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.55
Read more about these Key Performance Indicators...
1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of just 14.6 suggests that the Normandy sailboat 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. The Ballast/Displacement Ratio is not published.
3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 351, tells us the Normandy sailboat is firmly in the ultra-heavy displacement category. Load her up as much as you like and her performance will be hardly affected, not that it was ever startling. Few if any sailboats are built to this displacement category these days - but they remain popular with some long-distance sailors.
4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 34.1 suggests that crew comfort of a Normandy sailboat 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 1.55 indicates that a Normandy sailboat 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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