# Mcvay Falcon 16

Designer
G. William McVay
Builders
McVay Fiberglass Yachts Ltd.
Paceship Yachts Ltd.
Beetle Boat Co.(USA)
Associations
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# Built
940
Hull
Monohull Dinghy
Keel
Centerboard
Rudder
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Construction
FG (solid)

### Dimensions

Length Overall
15 8 / 4.8 m
Waterline Length
14 2 / 4.3 m
Beam
5 2 / 1.6 m
Draft
2 7 / 0.8 m
Displacement
1,650 lb / 748 kg
Ballast
850 lb / 386 kg
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### Rig and Sails

Type
Sloop
Reported Sail Area
137′² / 12.7 m²
Total Sail Area
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Sail Area
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P
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E
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Air Draft
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Sail Area
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I
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J
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Forestay Length
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Make
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Model
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HP
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Fuel Type
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Fuel Capacity
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### Accomodations

Water Capacity
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Holding Tank Capacity
?
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Cabins
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Hull Speed
5.6 kn
Classic: 5.06 kn

### Hull Speed

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.

Formula

Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A 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

5.56 knots
Classic formula: 5.06 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
15.7
<16: under powered

### Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

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.

Formula

SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

• SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
• D: Displacement in pounds.
15.71
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
Ballast/Displacement
51.6
>40: stiffer, more powerful

### Ballast / Displacement Ratio

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.

Formula

Ballast / Displacement * 100

51.6
<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
Displacement/Length
255.0
200-275: moderate

### Displacement / Length Ratio

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.

Formula

D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

• D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
• LWL: Waterline length in feet
255.01
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
19.3
<20: lightweight racing boat

### Comfort Ratio

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.

Formula

Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

• D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
• LWL: Waterline length in feet
• LOA: Length overall in feet
• Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
19.26
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
1.8
<2.0: better suited for ocean passages

### Capsize Screening Formula

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.

Formula

CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

• Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
• D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
1.76
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising

### Notes

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.
Plymouth, Michigan
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:
luff: 12.75’/41.83m
leech:11.75’/38.55m
foot:6.33’/20.77m

Class Main:
luff: 18.0’/59.05m
leech:20.0’/65.62m
foot:10.0’/32.81m

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