Review of Blue Dane 32

Blue Dane 32
Blue Dane 32

Basic specs.

boat specifications
The Blue Dane 32 is a sailboat designed by the Danish maritime architect bureau Elvstrøm & Kjærulff together with Svend Aage Christensen from in the mid seventies. The Blue Dane 32 is built by the Danish yard Bianca A/S.

The hull is made of hand laid fibreglass. Generally, a hull made of hand laid 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 hull is a double hull which improves the indoor climate. Especially when the water is colder than the air in the cabin, then the double hull insulates against cold water and reduce the condense water in the cabin.

Interior of Blue Dane 32 anno 1979
The interior is like many other boats made of mahogany.
The boat is equipped with 2 cabins, 6 berths, a galley and toilet facility.


The boat has a fin keel which means that it 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 allow a minor keel and hence less water resistance and higher speed. Blue Dane 32 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 below.

The boat is typical equipped with an inboard engine.
The transmission is a shaft drive. A shaft drive will in the long run require less maintenence than other types of drive e.g. a sail drive.
The fuel tank has a capacity of 50 liters (13 US gallons).

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 Blue Dane 32 is 2.03, indicating that this boat would not be accepted to participate in ocean races.

Immersion rate
The immersion rate is defined as the weight required to sink the boat a certain level. The immersion rate for Blue Dane 32 is about 193 kg/cm, alternative 1082 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 193 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternative, if you load 1082 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.

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

Ballast Ratio
What is a Ballast Ratio?
The ballast ratio for Blue Dane 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!

RSP (Relative Speed Performance)
What is Relative Speed Performance?
The Relative Speed Performance for Blue Dane 32 is 46

Slow Fast 46% 0 50 100
The relative speed performance is 46 which means that a it is faster than 46% of all similar sailboat designs.


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(31.5 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Genoa sheet9.6 m(31.5 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Mainsheet 24.0 m(78.7 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Spinnaker sheet21.1 m(69.2 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)

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