Review of Wasa 270

Wasa 270
Wasa 270.

Basic specs.

sail specifications
The Wasa 270 is a sailboat designed by the maritime architect Leif Ängermark in the early eighties. Less than 100 boats have been produced. The Wasa 270 is built by the Danish yard Vordingborg Yachts.

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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.

Interior of Wasa 270.

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.

Keel of Wasa 270.

An outboard motor is often used on this boat. In that case the boat will typically require a power of 4 - 5 hp, alternatively 97 - 117 lbs thrust if you prefer an electrical motor. Electric outboards are becoming popular for sailboat owners who want clean instant power with less noise and no exhaust fumes.

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 Wasa 270 is 1.98, 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 6.3 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 Wasa 270 is about 114 kg/cm, alternatively 640 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 114 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternatively, if you load 640 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 Wasa 270 is 18.7.

Low High 38% 0 50 100
Comparing this ratio with similar sailboats show that it is more comfortable than 38% of all similar sailboat designs. This comfort value is just below average.

L/B (Length Beam Ratio)
What is L/B (Length Beam Ratio)?
The l/b ratio for Wasa 270 is 3.25.

Wide Slim 76% 0 50 100
Compared with other similar sailboats it is slimmer than 76% of all other designs. It seems that the designer has chosen a significantly more speedy hull design.

D/L (Displacement Length Ratio)
What is Displacement Length Ratio?
The DL-ratio for Wasa 270 is 203 which categorizes this boat among 'light crusers & offshore racers'.

Heavy Light 69% 0 50 100
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)
What is SA/D (Sail Area Displacement ratio)?
The SA/D for Wasa 270 with ISO 8666 reference sail is 18.9, with a 135% genua the SA/D is 21.6.

Low High 82% 0 50 100
The SA/D ratio indicates that it is faster than 82% of all similar sailboat designs in light wind.

RSP (Relative Speed Performance)
What is Relative Speed Performance?
The Relative Speed Performance for Wasa 270 is 90

Slow Fast 90% 0 50 100
The relative speed performance is 90 which means that a it is faster than 90% of all similar sailboat designs.


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
Mainsail halyard 25.9 m(85.1 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Jib/genoa halyard25.9 m(85.1 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Spinnaker halyard25.9 m(85.1 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Jib sheet 8.3 m(27.2 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Genoa sheet8.3 m(27.2 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Mainsheet 20.8 m(68.1 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Spinnaker sheet18.3 m(59.9 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Cunningham3.8 m(12.5 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Kickingstrap7.6 m(24.9 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Clew-outhaul7.6 m(24.9 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)

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