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Hull

The hull is made of fibreglass. Generally, a hull made of fibreglass requires only a minimum of maintenance during the sailing season.

Rig

The boat equipped with 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.

Keel

The Moonfleet 36 is equipped with a long keel. A long keel provide a 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 1.60 - 1.70 meter (5.25 - 5.55 ft) dependent on the load. See immersion rate below.

Engine

The boat is typically equipped with an inboard Perkins 4.108 diesel engine at 43.0 hp (32 kW), which gives a max speed about 6.3 knots.

The fuel tank has a capacity of 174.0 liters (45 US gallons, 38 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 Moonfleet 36 is 1.90, 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 7.2 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 Moonfleet 36 is about 218 kg/cm, alternatively 1225 lbs/inch.

Meaning: if you load 218 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm.
Alternatively, if you load 1225 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 Moonfleet 36 is 30.0.

L/B (Length Beam Ratio)

What is L/B (Length Beam Ratio)?

The l/b ratio for Moonfleet 36 is 2.94.

Ballast Ratio

The ballast ratio for Moonfleet 36 is 41%.

D/L (Displacement Length Ratio)

What is Displacement Length Ratio?

The DL-ratio for Moonfleet 36 is 319 which categorizes this boat among 'medium weight cruisers'.

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 23m^{2} (247 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 | 11.0 m | (36.0 feet) | 14 mm | (0.55 inch) |

Genoa sheet | 11.0 m | (36.0 feet) | 14 mm | (0.55 inch) |

Mainsheet | 27.4 m | (90.0 feet) | 14 mm | (0.55 inch) |

Spinnaker sheet | 24.1 m | (79.2 feet) | 14 mm | (0.55 inch) |

Boat owner's ideas

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