Review of American Marine 26

Basic specs.

sail specifications
The American Marine 26 is a sailboat.

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The boat can enter even shallow marinas as the draft is just about 0.70 - 0.80 meter (2.30 - 2.60 ft) dependent on the load.


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 6.5 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.

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.

D/L (Displacement Length Ratio)

What is Displacement Length Ratio?

The DL-ratio for American Marine 26 is 154 which categorizes this boat among 'light racers'.

Heavy Light 82% 0 50 100
82% of all similar sailboat designs are categorized as heavier. A light displacement requires less sailarea and has higher accellerations.

SA/D (Sail Area Displacement ratio)

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

The SA/D for American Marine 26 with ISO 8666 reference sail is 15.3, with a 135% genua the SA/D is 18.3.

Low High 38% 0 50 100
The SA/D ratio indicates that it is faster than 38% of all similar sailboat designs in light wind.



Dimensions of sail.

mainsail specifications headsail specifications

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Guiding dimensions of running rig
Mainsail halyard 20.0 m(65.5 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Jib/genoa halyard20.0 m(65.5 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Spinnaker halyard20.0 m(65.5 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Jib sheet 7.9 m(26.0 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Genoa sheet7.9 m(26.0 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Mainsheet 19.8 m(65.0 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Spinnaker sheet17.4 m(57.2 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Cunningham2.9 m(9.4 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Kickingstrap5.7 m(18.8 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Clew-outhaul5.7 m(18.8 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)

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