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Review of A Le Comte 46


Basic specs.

sail specifications
The A Le Comte 46 is a large sailboat designed in the early seventies.

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Rig

The boat equipped with a ketch rig.


Keel

The boat can only enter major marinas as the draft is about 2.04 - 2.14 meter (6.69 - 6.99 ft) dependent on the load. See immersion rate below.


Engine

The boat is typically equipped with an engine.


Sailing characteristics

This section covers widely used rules of thumb to describe the sailing characteristics. Please note that even though the calculations are correct, the interpretation of the results might not be valid for extreme boats.

Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed

What is Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed?

The theoretical maximal speed of a displacement boat of this length is 7.7 knots. The term "Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed" is widely used even though a boat can sail faster. The term shall be interpreted as above the theoretical speed a great additional power is necessary for a small gain in speed.


Immersion rate

The immersion rate is defined as the weight required to sink the boat a certain level. The immersion rate for A Le Comte 46 is about 250 kg/cm, alternatively 1404 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 250 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternatively, if you load 1404 lbs cargo on the boat it will sink 1 inch.


Sailing statistics

This section is statistical comparison with similar boats of the same category. The basis of the following statistical computations is our unique database with more than 26,000 different boat types and 350,000 data points.

L/B (Length Beam Ratio)

What is L/B (Length Beam Ratio)?

The l/b ratio for A Le Comte 46 is 3.73.

Wide Slim 82% 0 50 100
Compared with other similar sailboats it is slimmer than 82% of all other designs. It seems that the designer has chosen a significantly more speedy hull design.


Over- / underrigged

Low High 18% 0 50 100
The A Le Comte 46 has more rig than 18% of all similar sailboats, which indicates that the boat is significantly underrigged.


Maintenance

Bottom Paint

When buying anti-fouling bottom paint, it's nice to know how much to buy. The surface of the wet bottom is about 43m2 (462 ft2).
Based on this, your favourite maritime shop can tell you the quantity you need.

Note: If you use a paint roller you will need more paint than if you use a paintbrush.


Rig

Dimensions of sail for ketch rig.

mainsail specifications headsail specifications

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If you need to renew parts of your running rig and is not quite sure of the dimensions, you may find the estimates computed below useful.



Guiding dimensions of running rig
UsageLengthDiameter
Mainsail halyard 32.1 m(105.5 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)
Jib/genoa halyard32.1 m(105.5 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)
Spinnaker halyard32.1 m(105.5 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)
Jib sheet 13.9 m(45.5 feet)16 mm(5/8 inch)
Genoa sheet13.9 m(45.5 feet)16 mm(5/8 inch)
Mainsheet 34.7 m(113.8 feet)16 mm(5/8 inch)
Spinnaker sheet30.5 m(100.1 feet)16 mm(5/8 inch)
Cunningham4.0 m(13.0 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)
Kickingstrap7.9 m(26.0 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)
Clew-outhaul7.9 m(26.0 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)

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