Review of Albatros 50

Basic specs.

sail specifications
The Albatros 50 is a large sailboat designed by the French maritime architect bureau Groupe Finot in the early 2000. Only a few boats have been produced.

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The hull is made of aluminium. Aluminum is strong and forgiving. Where an impact on a fiberglass hull will result in major gelcoat damage and possible cracking, an aluminum hull will probably only have a scratch or a small bend. The only concern is electrolysis. Ensure that you have proper sacrificial anodes installed.


The boat can only enter major marinas as the draft is about 3.00 - 3.10 meter (9.84 - 10.14 ft) dependent on the load. See immersion rate below.


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.

Stability and Safety

What is Capsize Screening Formula (CSF)?

The capsize screening value for Albatros 50 is 2.27, indicating that this boat would not be accepted to participate in ocean races.

Immersion rate

The immersion rate is defined as the weight required to sink the boat a certain level. The immersion rate for Albatros 50 is about 473 kg/cm, alternatively 2651 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 473 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternatively, if you load 2651 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 Albatros 50 is 3.27.

Slim Wide 76% 0 50 100
Compared with other similar sailboats it is more spacy than 76% of all other designs. It seems that the designer has chosen a significantly more spacy hull design.

Ballast Ratio

What is a Ballast Ratio?

The ballast ratio for Albatros 50 is 38%.

Low High 62% 0 50 100
This ballast ratio shows a righting moment that is higher than 62% of all similar sailboat designs. A righting moment (ability to resist heeling) just above average.



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
Jib sheet 15.2 m(49.9 feet)16 mm(5/8 inch)
Genoa sheet 15.2 m(49.9 feet)16 mm(5/8 inch)
Mainsheet 38.0 m(124.7 feet)16 mm(5/8 inch)
Spinnaker sheet33.4 m(109.7 feet)16 mm(5/8 inch)

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