Review of Elvstrøm 32
Elvstrøm 32 anno 1980. Elvstrøm 32 C
Dette er vores elskede båd
The Elvstrøm 32 is a sailboat designed by the maritime architect bureau Elvstrøm & Kjærulff
in the early seventies.
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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 5 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.
The Elvstrøm 32 is equipped with a finn keel. A boat with a fin keel is more manoeuvrable but has less directional stability than a similar boat with 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 most marinas as the draft is just about 1.70 - 1.80 meter (5.58 - 5.88 ft) dependent on the load. See immersion rate
Elvstrøm 32 is typically equipped with a Farymann diesel engine at 11.0 hp (8 kW), which gives a max speed about 4.8 knots.
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
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.
The immersion rate is defined as the weight required to sink the boat a certain level.
The immersion rate for Elvstrøm 32 is about 150 kg/cm, alternatively 845 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 150 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm.
Alternatively, if you load 845 lbs cargo on the boat it will sink 1 inch.
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 Elvstrøm 32 is 16.4.
Comparing this ratio with similar sailboats show that it is more comfortable than 14% of all similar sailboat designs.
This is a comfort value significantly below average.
L/B (Length Beam Ratio)
What is L/B (Length Beam Ratio)?
The l/b ratio for Elvstrøm 32 is 3.05.
Compared with other similar sailboats it is more spacy than 62% of all other designs.
It seems that the designer has chosen a slightly more spacy hull design.
What is a Ballast Ratio?
The ballast ratio for Elvstrøm 32 is 50%.
This ballast ratio shows a righting moment that is higher than 90% of all similar sailboat designs.
A righting moment (ability to resist heeling) significantly above average.
D/L (Displacement Length Ratio)
What is Displacement Length Ratio?
The DL-ratio for Elvstrøm 32 is 209 which categorizes this boat among 'light crusers & offshore racers'.
69% 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)
SA/D (Sail Area Displacement ratio)
Indicates how fast the boat is in light wind:
- Cruising Boats have ratios 10-15
- Cruiser-Racers have ratios 16-20
- Racers have ratios above 20
- High-Performance Racers have ratios above 24
Sail-area/displacement ratio (SA/D ratio): 22.77
RSP (Relative Speed Performance)
What is Relative Speed Performance?
The Relative Speed Performance for Elvstrøm 32 is 58
The relative speed performance is 58 which means that a it is faster than 58% of all similar sailboat designs.
When buying anti-fouling bottom paint, it's nice to know how much to buy.
The surface of the wet bottom is about 26m2 (279 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.
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 ||9.6 m||(31.4 feet)||12 mm||(1/2 inch)|
|Genoa sheet||9.6 m||(31.4 feet)||12 mm||(1/2 inch)|
|Mainsheet ||23.9 m||(78.4 feet)||12 mm||(1/2 inch)|
|Spinnaker sheet||21.0 m||(69.0 feet)||12 mm||(1/2 inch)|
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