Review of Sunbird 16

Basic specs.

boat specifications
The Sunbird 16 is a small dinghy designed by the maritime architect Fred Scott in the mid seventies. The Sunbird 16 is built by the American yard AMF Alcort.

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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.

The keel is a centerboard. A centerboard keel is a pivoting lifting keel, allowing to sail both coastal and inland waters. The boat can sail close to the beach as the draft is just 0.28 - 0.38 meter (0.92 - 1.22 ft) dependent of 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.

Immersion rate
The immersion rate is defined as the weight required to sink the boat a certain level. The immersion rate for Sunbird 16 is about 56 kg/cm, alternative 318 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 56 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternative, if you load 318 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 Sunbird 16 is 2.77.

Wide Slim 62% 0 50 100
Compared with other similar dinghies it is slimmer than 62% of all other designs. It seems that the designer has chosen a slightly more speedy hull design.

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