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Review of Askeladden 475 Freestyle


Basic specs.

sail specifications
The Askeladden 475 Freestyle is a small motorboat. The Askeladden 475 Freestyle is built by the Norwegian yard Askeladden Boats AS.

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Hull

Both the hull and the deck 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.


Engine

The boat is typically equipped with an outboard Suzuki gasoline 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.

EU classification

Askeladden 475 Freestyle holds one CE certification:

If less than 6 in on board the boat is by European Union certified as Class C. INSHORE:
Designed for voyages in coastal waters, large bays, estuaries, lakes and rivers where conditions up to, and including, wind force 6 (Beaufort scale) and significant wave heights up to, and including, 2 m may be experienced.


Immersion rate

The immersion rate is defined as the weight required to sink the boat a certain level. The immersion rate for Askeladden 475 Freestyle is about 60 kg/cm, alternatively 340 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 60 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternatively, if you load 340 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 Askeladden 475 Freestyle is 2.51.

Wide Slim 62% 0 50 100
Compared with other similar motor boats it is slimmer than 62% of all other designs. It seems that the designer has chosen a slightly more speedy hull design.


Curiosities

Powerboat?

In Denmark, you are required to have achieved a 'powerboat driving license' in order to sail a powerboat.
In this context a boat is considered a powerboat if:

Equation for Danish definition of a powerboat
Danish definition of a powerboat
According to this definition this boat is not categorized as a Powerboat.
Though, if you install a motor of 25 kW (34 hp), then the boat will become a powerboat, and you will need a Danish 'powerboat driving license'


Maintenance

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Finally

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