Review of Albin 79

Albin 79
Albin 79 anno 1975.

Basic specs.

sail specifications
The Albin 79 is a sailboat designed by the Swedish maritime architect Rolf Magnusson in the mid seventies. A few hundred boats have been produced. The Albin 79 is built by the Swedish yard Albin Marin AB.

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The hull is made of fibreglass. Generally, a hull made of fibreglass requires only a minimum of maintenance during the sailing season. And outside the sailing season, just bottom cleaning and perhaps anti-fouling painting once a year - a few hours of work, that's all.

Interior of Albin 79 anno 1976.

The boat is equipped with 4 berths, a galley and toilet facility.


The boat equipped with a masthead rig. The advantage of a masthead rig is its simplicity and the fact that a given sail area - compared with a fractional rig - can be carried lower and thus with less heeling moment.

Keel of Albin 79 anno 1976.

The Albin 79 is equipped with a fin keel. The fin keel is the most common keel and provides splendid manoeuvrability. The downside is that it has less directional stability than a long keel.

The keel is made of lead. Compared with iron, lead has the advantage of being 44% heavier, which allows a smaller keel and hence less water resistance and higher speed.

The boat can enter even shallow marinas as the draft is just about 1.45 - 1.55 meter (4.76 - 5.06 ft) dependent on the load. See immersion rate below.

Albin 79.

Albin 79 is typically equipped with an inboard Volvo Penta MD5 engine at 7.0 hp (5 kW), which gives a max speed about 4.0 knots.

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 Albin 79 is 2.09, indicating that this boat would not be accepted to participate in ocean races.

Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed

What is Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed?

The theoretical maximal speed of a displacement boat of this length is 6.0 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 Albin 79 is about 109 kg/cm, alternatively 611 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 109 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternatively, if you load 611 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.

Motion Comfort Ratio

What is Motion Comfort Ratio (MCR)?

The Motion Comfort Ratio for Albin 79 is 16.0 - 18.6.

Low High 46% 0 50 100
Comparing this ratio with similar sailboats show that it is more comfortable than 46% of all similar sailboat designs. This comfort value is just below average.

L/B (Length Beam Ratio)

What is L/B (Length Beam Ratio)?

The l/b ratio for Albin 79 is 2.96.

Slim Wide 58% 0 50 100
Compared with other similar sailboats it is more spacy than 58% of all other designs. It seems that the designer has chosen a slightly more spacy hull design.

Ballast Ratio

What is a Ballast Ratio?

The ballast ratio for Albin 79 is 34%.

Low High 24% 0 50 100
This ballast ratio shows a righting moment that is higher than 24% of all similar sailboat designs. A righting moment (ability to resist heeling) significantly below average.

D/L (Displacement Length Ratio)

What is Displacement Length Ratio?

The DL-ratio for Albin 79 is 245 which categorizes this boat among 'light crusers & offshore racers'.

Heavy Light 46% 0 50 100
46% of all similar sailboat designs are categorized as heavier. A heavy displacement combined with smaller water plane area has lower acceleration and is more comfortable.

SA/D (Sail Area Displacement ratio)

What is SA/D (Sail Area Displacement ratio)?

The SA/D for Albin 79 with ISO 8666 reference sail is 14.5, with a 135% genua the SA/D is 17.5.

Low High 31% 0 50 100
The SA/D ratio indicates that it is faster than 31% of all similar sailboat designs in light wind.

Over- / underrigged

Low High 76% 0 50 100
The Albin 79 has more rig than 76% of all similar sailboats, which indicates that the boat is significantly overrigged.

RSP (Relative Speed Performance)

What is Relative Speed Performance?

The Relative Speed Performance for Albin 79 is 31

Slow Fast 31% 0 50 100
The relative speed performance is 31 which means that a it is faster than 31% of all similar sailboat designs.


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 19m2 (204 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.


Dimensions of sail for masthead rig.

mainsail specifications genoa specifications spinnaker 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
Mainsail halyard 21.6 m(70.7 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Jib/genoa halyard21.6 m(70.7 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Spinnaker halyard21.6 m(70.7 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Jib sheet 7.9 m(25.9 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Genoa sheet7.9 m(25.9 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Mainsheet 19.8 m(64.8 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Spinnaker sheet17.4 m(57.0 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Cunningham2.4 m(7.9 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Kickingstrap4.8 m(15.7 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Clew-outhaul4.8 m(15.7 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)

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