Thursday, June 16, 2011

Zimba - Design 2365

This 51' cruising sloop, named Zimba, was built for an experienced offshore sailor. She is constructed of aluminum. The boat was built by Paul E. Luke of East Boothbay, Maine and launched in the summer of 1979.

Design requirements specified a yacht which would provide all necessary cruising comforts and at the same time would perform well and be easy to control, without any considerations for any rating rule.

She has a fairly low displacement-length ratio of 210, generous keel and clean lines and as such she is fast to windward, reaching and running and handles well in heavy seas. The rudder is partially balanced behind her skeg which makes steering easy. This is an early example of that type of balanced rudder which is common today.

She currently makes her home port in England.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 50'-10"
LWL 41'-9"
Beam 15'-0"
Draft 8'-6"
Displacement 33,200 lbs
Ballast 12,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,120 sq ft

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