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Old 27-04-2010, 20:29   #1
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How many variations of the tonnage classes are there and what do they mean?
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they mean a lot less than they did in the 70's. Without wanting to start a fight, I'd venture that the tonnage classes died right around when disco died.

If there was a nail in the coffin, it was the ultra-light one-design sport boat.
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Without wanting to start a fight, I'd venture that the tonnage classes died right around when disco died.

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The rule changes after the Fastnet Race where 16 people were killed.

As a vague rememberance....
1/4 ton were about 23 to 26 feet and didn't go in long offshore races (some contributer here was foredeck boy in the (last?) World champs and came second sailing on the USA entrant)
1/2 tonners were about 30 to 34 feet and did long offshore
3/4 ton 35 to 40
1 ton about 40 feet
2 tonners 45 feet?

I might be a bit off the mark as they get bigger as I started sailing off shore in big boats. My main one was 48 feet but that wasn't rated in the tonnage class as I think it was in the open catagory and we raced in Number 1 Division... but with a huge age handicap... of the boat



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Old 28-04-2010, 02:07   #5
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they mean a lot less than they did in the 70's. Without wanting to start a fight, I'd venture that the tonnage classes died right around when disco died.

If there was a nail in the coffin, it was the ultra-light one-design sport boat.

The Half ton class is under going a resurgence in Europe. The Quarter ton class has done so a couple of years back and they are holding major events again. Plenty of dedicated websites and coverage in European sailing mags.

My personal feeling is the sport boat has caused the resurgence. Buy a quarter ton class and carry out a total refit for the fraction of the cost of a sport boat. My Ben Lexcen quarter tonner, fully fitted was about 10% the cost of a second hand sport boat and I know which is easier to sell on.
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Thanks guys. So its basically a size thing.
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Thanks guys. So its basically a size thing.
Yes. People in the Yacht Club bar say they have a big one.... but in the handicappers office they say its small.
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The "ton" classes rated the same under the IOR rule and raced without handicaps. My recollection is Mini Tonners rated 16.0, Quarter Tonners rated 18.0, Half Tonners rated 21.7, Three Quarter Tonners rated 24.5, One Tonners rated 27.5, and Two Tonners rated 32.0.

The NA 40 probably rated around 30 under the IOR.
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A lot of them were hand layed glass - built like the proverbial outhouse and have successfully entered the cruising world after refits.
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