Mcvay Falcon 16 is a 15′ 8″ / 4.8 m monohull sailboat designed by G. William McVay and built by McVay Fiberglass Yachts Ltd., Paceship Yachts Ltd., and Beetle Boat Co.(USA) starting in 1954.
The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.
Classic hull speed formula:
Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWLA more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.
Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL
A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.
SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3
A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.
Ballast / Displacement * 100
A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.
D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³
This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.
Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)
This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.
CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)
The first 35 were built in the late 1950’s by Beetle Boats for The Wadawanuck Yacht Club in Stonington, CT.
Somewhat later, the designer, G. William McVay, formed his own company and built a number.
Paceship Yachts also built the boat for a few years, beginning in the early 1960’s.
Other builders: (details unknown)
Michigan Glassline Products Co.
Sterling Boatbuilding Corp.
East Greenwich, RI
It’s possible that nearly 1000 were built.
Thanks to Falcon owner Joseph Haley for providing corrections and photo.
Spinnaker permitted for class racing.
Class jib dimensions:
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