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Hull

Both the hull and the deck is made of hand laid fibreglass. Generally, a hull made of hand laid fibreglass requires only a minimum of maintenance during the sailing season.

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.

The deck is a double deck which improves the indoor climate.

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.

The deck is a double deck which improves the indoor climate.

Interior

The boat is equipped with 3 cabins, 7 berths, a galley and toilet facility.

Rig

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

The Luffe 40 has been built with more than one type of keel.

One option is a fin keel. The fin keel is the most common keel and provides splendid manoeuvrability. The downside is that it has less directional stability than a long keel.

The keel is made of lead. Compared with iron, lead has the advantage of being 44% heavier, which allows a smaller keel and hence less water resistance and higher speed.

The boat can only enter major marinas as the draft is about 1.88 - 1.98 meter (6.17 - 6.47 ft) dependent on the load. See immersion rate below.

Engine

Luffe 40 is typically equipped with an inboard Volvo Penta 2002 diesel engine at 18.0 hp (13 kW), which gives a max speed about 5.5 knots.

The transmission is a saildrive.

The fuel tank which is made of stainless steel has a capacity of 100.0 liters (26 US gallons, 21 imperial gallons).

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 Luffe 40 is 1.93, 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 7.9 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 Luffe 40 is about 232 kg/cm, alternatively 1300 lbs/inch.

Meaning: if you load 232 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm.
Alternatively, if you load 1300 lbs cargo on the boat it will sink 1 inch.

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 Luffe 40 is 19.3 - 20.1.

L/B (Length Beam Ratio)

What is L/B (Length Beam Ratio)?

The l/b ratio for Luffe 40 is 3.64.

Ballast Ratio

The ballast ratio for Luffe 40 is 41%.

D/L (Displacement Length Ratio)

What is Displacement Length Ratio?

The DL-ratio for Luffe 40 is 120 which categorizes this boat among 'ultra light racers'.

RSP (Relative Speed Performance)

What is Relative Speed Performance?

The Relative Speed Performance for Luffe 40 is 98

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 41m^{2} (441 ft^{2}).

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.

Rig

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.

Usage | Length | Diameter | ||

Jib sheet | 12.0 m | (39.4 feet) | 14 mm | (0.55 inch) |

Genoa sheet | 12.0 m | (39.4 feet) | 14 mm | (0.55 inch) |

Mainsheet | 30.0 m | (98.4 feet) | 14 mm | (0.55 inch) |

Spinnaker sheet | 26.4 m | (86.6 feet) | 14 mm | (0.55 inch) |

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