Seafarer 23 Kestrel (Cruise)

1963
Designer
Sparkman & Stephens
Builders
Amsterdam Shipyard G. de Vries Lentsch
Seafarer Yachts
Associations
?
# Built
?
Hull
Monohull
Keel
Stub + Centerboard
Rudder
?
Construction
FG

Dimensions

Length Overall
23 0 / 7 m
Waterline Length
16 6 / 5 m
Beam
6 11 / 2.1 m
Draft
2 3 / 0.7 m ?
Displacement
3,700 lb / 1,678 kg
Ballast
1,400 lb / 635 kg (Iron)
Drawing of Seafarer 23 Kestrel (Cruise)

Rig and Sails

Type
Sloop
Reported Sail Area
229′² / 21.3 m²
Total Sail Area
229′² / 21.3 m²
Mainsail
Sail Area
127′² / 11.8 m²
P
23 0 / 7 m
E
10 11 / 3.4 m
Air Draft
?
Foresail
Sail Area
102′² / 9.5 m²
I
26 10 / 8.2 m
J
7 7 / 2.3 m
Forestay Length
27 10 / 8.5 m

Auxilary Power

Make
?
Model
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HP
?
Fuel Type
?
Fuel Capacity
?

Accomodations

Water Capacity
15 gal / 57 l
Holding Tank Capacity
?
Headroom
?
Cabins
?

Calculations

Hull Speed
5.4 kn
Classic: 5.44 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

5.35 knots
Classic formula: 5.44 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
15.3
<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.
15.32
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
Ballast/Displacement
37.8
<40: less stiff, less 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

37.84
<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
Displacement/Length
367.5
>350: ultraheavy

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
367.47
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
23.1
20-30: coastal cruiser

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
23.08
<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
1.81
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising

Notes

S&S design #1631.
Imported by Seafarer. Also called KESTREL 22. ‘CRUISE’ is a designation used here for at least 2 versions of this yacht. Earlier literature shows 2 deck layouts and 2 accommodation plans being offered, resulting in four versions: CATALINA, NASSAU, NANTUCKET and MONHEGAN. The boat displayed here has a larger and longer coach roof and shorter cockpit in addition to a few other minor differences from the DAYSAILER versions. The boat shown also has an extended stern (The original S&S design listed LOA at 22’.)
By 1969 all versions were promoted as SEAFARER SAIL’N TRAIL 23. The small cabin version was the ‘OLYMPIC’, the medium was the CATALINA, and one with the largest cabin the ‘NANATUCKET’.
There is also another, later, SEAFARER 23 (built at Seafarers Long Island, NY, USA plant), which is a completely different design.

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