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Review of Fabola Campus 600


Basic specs.

boat specifications
The Fabola Campus 600 is a small sailboat designed by the Swedish maritime architect Bernt Lindquist in the early eighties. Several hundred boats have been produced. The Fabola Campus 600 is built by the Swedish yard Fabola AB.

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Interior
The boat is equipped with 2+2 berths and a galley.

Rig
The boat has a fractional rig. A fractional rig has smaller headsails which make tacking easier, which is an advantage for cruisers and racers, of course. The downside is that having the wind from behind often requires a genaker or a spinnaker for optimal speed.

Keel
The keel is made of iron. Many people prefer lead keel in favour of iron. The main argument is that lead is much heavier than iron and a lead keel can therefore be made smaller which again result in less wet surface, i.e. less drag. In fact iron is quite heavy, just 30% less heavy than lead, so the advantage of a lead keel is often overstated. The boat can enter even shallow marinas as the draft is just about 1.05 - 1.15 meter (3.44 - 3.74 ft) dependent on the load. See immersion rate below.

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 Fabola Campus 600 is 3.08, 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 5.4 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 Fabola Campus 600 is about 72 kg/cm, alternative 403 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 72 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternative, if you load 403 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 22,000 boat types and 350,000 data points.

Motion Comfort Ratio
What is Motion Comfort Ratio (MCR)?
The Motion Comfort Ratio for Fabola Campus 600 is 5.0.

Low High 4% 0 50 100
Comparing this ratio with similar sailboats show that it is more comfortable than 4% of all similar sailboat designs. A comfort value significantly below average.

L/B (Length Beam Ratio)
What is L/B (Length Beam Ratio)?
The l/b ratio for Fabola Campus 600 is 2.86.

Wide Slim 66% 0 50 100
Compared with other similar sailboats it is slimmer than 66% of all other designs. It seems that the designer has chosen a slightly more speedy hull design.


Ballast Ratio
What is a Ballast Ratio?
The ballast ratio for Fabola Campus 600 is 11%.

Low High 1% 0 50 100
This ballast ratio shows a righting moment that is higher than 1% 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 Fabola Campus 600 is 78 which categorizes this boat among 'ultra light racers'.

Heavy Light 92% 0 50 100
92% 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 Fabola Campus 600 with ISO 8666 reference sail is 27.3, with a 135% genua the SA/D is 31.7.

Low High 98% 0 50 100
The SA/D ratio indicates that it is faster than 98% of all similar sailboat designs in light wind.

RSP (Relative Speed Performance)
What is Relative Speed Performance?
The Relative Speed Performance for Fabola Campus 600 is 79

Slow Fast 79% 0 50 100
The relative speed performance is 79 which means that a it is faster than 79% of all similar sailboat designs.

Maintenance

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 12m2 (129 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.

Rig
Dimensions of sail for fractional 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
UsageLengthDiameter
Mainsail halyard 16.5 m(54.1 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Jib/genoa halyard16.5 m(54.1 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Spinnaker halyard16.5 m(54.1 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Jib sheet 6.2 m(20.2 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Genoa sheet6.2 m(20.2 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Mainsheet 15.4 m(50.4 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Spinnaker sheet13.5 m(44.4 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Cunningham2.4 m(7.7 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Kickingstrap4.7 m(15.4 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Clew-outhaul4.7 m(15.4 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)


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