Review of Aloha 32

Basic specs.

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The Aloha 32 is a sailboat designed by the Canadian maritime architect Mark Ellis in the mid eighties. The Aloha 32 is built by the Canadian yard Ouyang Boat Works.

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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.


The boat is equipped with 227.0 liter fresh water capacity.


The Aloha 32 is equipped with a fin keel. A boat with a fin keel is more manoeuvrable but has less directional stability than a similar boat with a long keel.

The boat can enter even shallow marinas as the draft is just about 1.43 - 1.53 meter (4.69 - 4.99 ft) dependent on the load. See immersion rate below.


Aloha 32 is typically equipped with a Westerbeke diesel engine.

The fuel tank has a capacity of 76.0 liters (20 US gallons, 16 imperial gallons).

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 Aloha 32 is 2.02, 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 6.7 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 Aloha 32 is about 167 kg/cm, alternatively 940 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 167 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternatively, if you load 940 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 Aloha 32 is 23.2.

Low High 42% 0 50 100
Comparing this ratio with similar sailboats show that it is more comfortable than 42% 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 Aloha 32 is 3.00.

Slim Wide 69% 0 50 100
Compared with other similar sailboats it is more spacy than 69% 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 Aloha 32 is 40%.

Low High 46% 0 50 100
This ballast ratio shows a righting moment that is higher than 46% of all similar sailboat designs. A righting moment (ability to resist heeling) just below average.

D/L (Displacement Length Ratio)

What is Displacement Length Ratio?

The DL-ratio for Aloha 32 is 279 which categorizes this boat among 'medium weight cruisers'.

Heavy Light 34% 0 50 100
34% 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 Aloha 32 with ISO 8666 reference sail is 17.7, with a 135% genua the SA/D is 21.4.

Low High 66% 0 50 100
The SA/D ratio indicates that it is faster than 66% of all similar sailboat designs in light wind.

Over- / underrigged

Low High 90% 0 50 100
The Aloha 32 has more rig than 90% of all similar sailboats, which indicates that the boat is significantly overrigged.


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 27m2 (290 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.

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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 26.8 m(88.0 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Jib/genoa halyard26.8 m(88.0 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Spinnaker halyard26.8 m(88.0 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Jib sheet 9.9 m(32.4 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Genoa sheet9.9 m(32.4 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Mainsheet 24.7 m(81.0 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Spinnaker sheet21.7 m(71.3 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Cunningham3.7 m(12.0 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Kickingstrap7.3 m(24.0 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Clew-outhaul7.3 m(24.0 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)

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