surfing the web i found some videos of atlantic 48 sailing at very good speed.
(also read a post from atlantic 48 owners mentionning high speed again.)
I have a switch 51, witch i think is a very good boat, but i never sail this fast, and i can tell that i am always a little bit overpowered with sails).
Reflexion is abought figures...
atlantic 48 is 9.8t empty / switch is 10t (mine as been weighted fully loaded at 13.4tons with all bluewater equipment)so the atlantic should come at around 12.5tons with same equipment)
main sail is 74 m2 for the atlantic and 78 m2 for the switch
is 44 m2 for the atlantic and 50 for the switch
On a video you saw the atlantic sailing 90° app wind
, 10knots app wind
and boat speed is close to 9 knots...then with 20knots app wind speedo read 14.6 knot
...(hope it is top speed !)
i do not remember exact speed my cat do in 10 knots of wind but it is far from 9 knots (maybe 7).
With full genoa
, 1 reef, into 25/30kn aw and 90° i got around 11/12kn with top speed at 13/13.5..
I know that hulls design and weight difference explain everything...but so much a difference for quite same figures...
(set of sails
as to be changed, but it is not a 1knot difference.
Would like to have your opinion on this, and if there are some switch 51 sailor around here...