Review of Albin Nova
The Albin Nova is a sailboat designed by the Swedish maritime architect Peter Norlin
in the early eighties. Several hundred boats have been produced. The Albin Nova is built by the Swedish yard Albin Marin
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Both the hull and the deck is made of fibreglass. Generally, a hull made of fibreglass requires only a minimum of maintenance during the sailing season. And outside the sailing season, just bottom cleaning and perhaps anti-fouling painting once a year - a few hours of work, that's all.
The hull is a double hull which improves the indoor climate. Especially when the water is colder than the air in the cabin, then the double hull insulates against cold water and reduce the condense water in the cabin.
The deck is a double deck which improves the indoor climate.
Interior of Albin Nova anno 1985.
The interior is like most other boats made of teak.
The boat is equipped with 3 cabins, 6 berths, a galley and toilet facility.
The headroom is above average
Note: the boat has also been sold to be self-made/-interiored, which means that the quality of each boat may vary.
Galley of Albin Nova anno 1985.
The boat equipped with a fractional rig. A fractional rig has smaller headsails which make tacking easier, which is an advantage for cruisers and racers, of course. The downside is that having the wind from behind often requires a genaker or a spinnaker for optimal speed.
The Albin Nova is equipped with a finn keel. The finn keel is the most common keel and provides splendid manoeuvrability. The downside is that it has less directional stability than a long keel.
The keel is made of iron.
Many people prefer lead keel in favour of iron.
The main argument is that lead is much heavier than iron and a lead keel can therefore be made smaller which again result in less wet surface, i.e.
In fact iron is quite heavy, just 30% less heavy than lead, so the advantage of a lead keel is often overstated.
As the surface of a finn type keel is just a fraction of the total wet surface,
the difference between an iron keel and a lead keel can in reality be ignored for cruising yachts.
Albin Nova can enter most marinas as the draft is just about 1.69 - 1.79 meter (5.54 - 5.84 ft) dependent on the load. See immersion rate
The boat is typically equipped with an inboard Yanmar 2GM diesel engine at 15.0 hp (11 kW), which gives a max speed about 4.7 knots.
The transmission is a shaft drive. A shaft drive will in the long run require less maintenence than other types of drive e.g. a sail drive.
The fuel tank which is made of stainless steel has a capacity of 40 liters (10 US gallons, 8 imperial gallons).
This section covers widely used rules of thumb to describe the sailing characteristics. Please note that even though the calculations are correct, the interpretation of the results might not be valid for extreme boats.
Stability and Safety
What is Capsize Screening Formula (CSF)?
The capsize screening value for Albin Nova is 1.94, indicating that this boat could - if evaluated by this formula alone - be accepted to participate in ocean races.
Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed
What is Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed?
The theoretical maximal speed of a displacement boat of this length is 6.9 knots.
The term "Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed" is widely used even though a boat can sail faster.
The term shall be interpreted as above the theoretical speed a great additional power is necessary for a small gain in speed.
The immersion rate is defined as the weight required to sink the boat a certain level.
The immersion rate for Albin Nova is about 168 kg/cm, alternatively 945 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 168 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm.
Alternatively, if you load 945 lbs cargo on the boat it will sink 1 inch.
This section is statistical comparison with similar boats of the same category.
The basis of the following statistical computations is our unique database with more than 22,000 different boat types and 350,000 data points.
Motion Comfort Ratio
What is Motion Comfort Ratio (MCR)?
The Motion Comfort Ratio for Albin Nova is 23.6.
Comparing this ratio with similar sailboats show that it is more comfortable than 46% of all similar sailboat designs.
This comfort value is just below average.
L/B (Length Beam Ratio)
What is L/B (Length Beam Ratio)?
The l/b ratio for Albin Nova is 3.13.
Compared with other similar sailboats it is more spacy than 54% of all other designs.
It seems that the designer has chosen a slightly more spacy hull design.
What is a Ballast Ratio?
The ballast ratio for Albin Nova is 39%.
This ballast ratio shows a righting moment that is higher than 38% of all similar sailboat designs.
A righting moment (ability to resist heeling) just below average.
D/L (Displacement Length Ratio)
What is Displacement Length Ratio?
The DL-ratio for Albin Nova is 239 which categorizes this boat among 'light crusers & offshore racers'.
54% of all similar sailboat designs are categorized as heavier.
A light displacement requires less sailarea and has higher accellerations.
SA/D (Sail Area Displacement ratio)
What is SA/D (Sail Area Displacement ratio)?
The SA/D for Albin Nova with ISO 8666 reference sail is 16.9, with a 135% genua the SA/D is 19.4.
The SA/D ratio indicates that it is faster than 54% of all similar sailboat designs in light wind.
Over- / underrigged
The Albin Nova has more rig than 66% of all similar sailboats, which indicates that the boat is slightly overrigged.
RSP (Relative Speed Performance)
What is Relative Speed Performance?
The Relative Speed Performance for Albin Nova is 73
The relative speed performance is 73 which means that a it is faster than 73% of all similar sailboat designs.
When buying anti-fouling bottom paint, it's nice to know how much to buy.
The surface of the wet bottom is about 29m2 (312 ft2).
Based on this, your favourite maritime shop can tell you the quantity you need.
Note: If you use a paint roller you will need more paint than if you use a paintbrush.
Dimensions of sail for fractional rig.
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If you need to renew parts of your running rig and is not quite sure of the dimensions, you may find the estimates computed below useful.
Guiding dimensions of running rig
|Mainsail halyard ||31.6 m||(103.5 feet)||10 mm||(3/8 inch)|
|Jib/genoa halyard||31.6 m||(103.5 feet)||10 mm||(3/8 inch)|
|Spinnaker halyard||31.6 m||(103.5 feet)||10 mm||(3/8 inch)|
|Jib sheet ||9.9 m||(32.4 feet)||12 mm||(1/2 inch)|
|Genoa sheet||9.9 m||(32.4 feet)||12 mm||(1/2 inch)|
|Mainsheet ||24.7 m||(81.0 feet)||12 mm||(1/2 inch)|
|Spinnaker sheet||21.7 m||(71.2 feet)||12 mm||(1/2 inch)|
|Cunningham||4.3 m||(14.1 feet)||10 mm||(3/8 inch)|
|Kickingstrap||8.6 m||(28.2 feet)||10 mm||(3/8 inch)|
|Clew-outhaul||8.6 m||(28.2 feet)||10 mm||(3/8 inch)|
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