Review of OE 32

OE 32
OE 32 anno 1990.

Basic specs.

boat specifications
The OE 32 is a sailboat designed by the maritime architect Olle Enderlein in the early seventies. A few hundred boats have been produced. The OE 32 is built by the Swedish yard Crown Marine.

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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.

Note: the boat has also been sold to be self-made/-interiored, which means that the quality of each boat may vary.

The boat has 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 boat has a long keel which means better directional stability than a similar boat with a fin keel; on the other hand, better directional stability means also that the boat is more difficult to handle in a harbour with less space. 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 most marinas as the draft is just about 1.50 - 1.60 meter (4.92 - 5.22 ft) dependent on the load. See immersion rate below.

The boat is typical equipped with an inboard Volvo Penta MD11 diesel engine at 23.0 hp (17 kW), which gives a max speed about 5.1 knots.

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 OE 32 is 1.74, 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 7.0 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 OE 32 is about 178 kg/cm, alternative 1002 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 178 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternative, if you load 1002 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 OE 32 is 31.9.

Low High 86% 0 50 100
Comparing this ratio with similar sailboats show that it is more comfortable than 86% of all similar sailboat designs. A comfort value significantly above average.

L/B (Length Beam Ratio)
What is L/B (Length Beam Ratio)?
The l/b ratio for OE 32 is 3.11.

Slim Wide 58% 0 50 100
Compared with other similar sailboats it is more spacy than 58% of all other designs. It seems that the designer has chosen a slightly more spacy hull design.

Ballast Ratio
What is a Ballast Ratio?
The ballast ratio for OE 32 is 41%.

Low High 50% 0 50 100
This ballast ratio shows a righting moment that is higher than 50% of all similar sailboat designs. This righting moment (ability to resist heeling) is spot on average!

D/L (Displacement Length Ratio)
What is Displacement Length Ratio?
The DL-ratio for OE 32 is 292 which categorizes this boat among 'medium weight cruisers'.

Heavy Light 31% 0 50 100
31% 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 OE 32 with ISO 8666 reference sail is 13.0, with a 135% genua the SA/D is 15.5.

Low High 8% 0 50 100
The SA/D ratio indicates that it is faster than 8% of all similar sailboat designs in light wind.

RSP (Relative Speed Performance)
What is Relative Speed Performance?
The Relative Speed Performance for OE 32 is 18

Slow Fast 18% 0 50 100
The relative speed performance is 18 which means that a it is faster than 18% of all similar sailboat designs.


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 20m2 (215 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.

Dimensions of sail for masthead 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
Mainsail halyard 29.3 m(96.1 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Jib/genoa halyard29.3 m(96.1 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Spinnaker halyard29.3 m(96.1 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Jib sheet 9.9 m(32.4 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Genoa sheet9.9 m(32.4 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Mainsheet 24.7 m(81.1 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Spinnaker sheet21.8 m(71.4 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Cunningham3.4 m(11.2 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Kickingstrap6.8 m(22.3 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Clew-outhaul6.8 m(22.3 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)

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