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Silhouette

1954 — 1986
Designer
Robert Tucker
Builder
Hurley Marine Ltd.
Hull Type
Twin Keel
Construction
Plywood/FG
Associations
Silouette Owners International Association

Dimensions

Length Overall
17.25 ft / 5.26 m
Waterline Length
14.00 ft / 4.27 m
Beam
6.75 ft / 2.06 m
Draft
2.00 ft / 0.61 m
Displacement
1,820 lb / 826 kg
Ballast
? (Iron)
drawing

Rig and Sails

Type
Masthead Sloop
Reported Sail Area
450.00 ft2 / 41.81 m2
Total Sail Area
?
Mainsail
Sail Area
?
P
?
E
Mast Height
Foresail
Sail Area
?
I
J
Est. Forestay Len.
?

Spinnaker

SPL/TPS
ISP

Auxilary Power

Make
?
Model
?
HP
?
Type
?
Fuel Capacity
?

Accomodations

Water Capacity
?
Holding Tank Capacity
?
Headroom
?

Calculations

Hull Speed
5.01 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
48.3
high performance
Ballast/Displacement
less stiff, less powerful
Displacement/Length
296.1
heavy
Comfort Ratio
14.67
lightweight racing boat
Capsize Screening
2.21
better suited for coastal cruising

Notes

Since first introduced there have been several different variations of this design with different methods of contruction. Originally designed for the home builder, many were sold as kits. The first SILHOUETTE models built of plywood as were the earlier MkII models (1959) Later Mk IIs (1959) were GRP while the Mk III was moulded by Hurley Marine to a revamped design. The central ballast stub was removed, draft and sail area increased. A fin keel version was available but the vast majority had twin keels. The Mk 4, built by Varne Marine, added two bunks. See the class website for more details. See SILHOUETTE MKII. Of all the different versions, it is thought that at least 3000 have been built.


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