Review of Marieholm 32E

Marieholm 32E
Marieholm 32E anno 1978. zeilen op de wadden onder schiermonnikoog

Basic specs.

sail specifications
The Marieholm 32E is a sailboat designed by the Swedish maritime architect Tord Arne Sundén.

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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.

Rig of Marieholm 32E anno 1980. In Sweden 2022
The boat equipped with 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.

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 Marieholm 32E is 1.87, indicating that this boat could - if evaluated by this formula alone - 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 6.5 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.

Immersion rate
The immersion rate is defined as the weight required to sink the boat a certain level. The immersion rate for Marieholm 32E is about 144 kg/cm, alternatively 810 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 144 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternatively, if you load 810 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 Marieholm 32E is 26.0.

Low High 62% 0 50 100
Comparing this ratio with similar sailboats show that it is more comfortable than 62% of all similar sailboat designs. This comfort value is just above average.

L/B (Length Beam Ratio)
What is L/B (Length Beam Ratio)?
The l/b ratio for Marieholm 32E is 3.19.

Wide Slim 54% 0 50 100
Compared with other similar sailboats it is slimmer than 54% of all other designs. It seems that the designer has chosen a slightly more speedy hull design.

D/L (Displacement Length Ratio)
What is Displacement Length Ratio?
The DL-ratio for Marieholm 32E is 313 which categorizes this boat among 'medium weight cruisers'.

Heavy Light 24% 0 50 100
24% 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 Marieholm 32E with ISO 8666 reference sail is 15.4, 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.

RSP (Relative Speed Performance)
What is Relative Speed Performance?
The Relative Speed Performance for Marieholm 32E is 15

Slow Fast 15% 0 50 100
The relative speed performance is 15 which means that a it is faster than 15% of all similar sailboat designs.


Dimensions of sail for fractional rig.
mainsail specifications genoa specifications spinnaker specifications
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Guiding dimensions of running rig
Mainsail halyard 27.6 m(90.4 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Jib/genoa halyard27.6 m(90.4 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Spinnaker halyard27.6 m(90.4 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Jib sheet 9.6 m(31.4 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Genoa sheet9.6 m(31.4 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Mainsheet 23.9 m(78.6 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Spinnaker sheet21.1 m(69.1 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Cunningham3.5 m(11.5 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Kickingstrap7.0 m(23.0 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Clew-outhaul7.0 m(23.0 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)

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