Vessel’s name: CARINA
(Has elongated keel, it helps keep better direction)
Length: 6 meters (19 feet)
Draft: 1 m
Width: 2.2 m
Mast: 6.42 m
Boom: 2.83 m
Mass: 1.1 metric tons
Material: GFK (sandwich method)
Mainsail, normal: 6.48 m² (~ 70 sq. ft)
Mainsail, storm: 1.62 m² (For 40kt winds 25% of normal mainsail)
Jib 6.77 m²
Storm jib: 1.08 m² (For 50kt winds 15% of normal jib)
My mainsail can be reefed on the boom by rolling, the jib also can be
reefed, plus 2 complete halyard spares for the main, and
one for the jib.
Max. number of persons: 5
Built in 1970 (
Engine: Inboard 2 stroke gasoline (petrol) fuel, (1981).
Type: Yamaha (677 8 B)
Output: 8.8 HP/5.9 kW
Fuel tank: 25 liters + 25 liter in spare tank.
Propeller: fixed, 3 blades
Water tanks: many smaller cans, (20l,15l,5l) all together 300 liters
Speed: Max. theoretical 5.8 knots (computed from the boat’s length)
Jeroen, (Dutch sailor, also a happy Carina owner) measured 7 knot max
speed at the end of April in force 7 winds.
Parameters: Sail area/displacement = SA/D = 14.92; cruising on open sea
Displacement/load line = D/L = 350 - 400, or very heavy tour sailer.
Sail area/wet surface = SA/WSA = 2
I did not detail her other parameters, like Column Plenitude Cp, Wet Surface WS etc…
There are several Carina types in circulation with great differences between them.
I.E: their draft varies between 0.5m and 1m, their mass from 850 kg to 1.1 tons.
Built in 1970,
1970 – 86 Probably sailed on a Swiss lake.
The last Swiss owner: Gerber Ueli. Interestingly we were born on the same day, November 16. Gerber in 1952, me in 1979. (More accurately I was born between the 15th and 16th at , so my mother decided: let it be the 15th…)
1986 - 92: Sailed on a
1992 – 96: Sailed on
1996 September: transported to
1999 September: bought by the first owner.
2004 November: I bought it. Rebuilt it outside and inside. The HF will register it around the end of August, then it shall have official papers again after 10 years…
A ship’s important characteristics (from my point of view):
Stability, tendency to capsize
Buoyancy, should be unsinkable (air chambers)
Keel’s size and position, list and recovery capability
Speed and mass, ability to escape from a storm
Leak-proofing, this is mainly important at tack change
Keeping on course by itself
Reefing solutions, quickly and easily
Sails, should be able to easily keep course in high winds also
Solutions against wave sloshing in the cockpit (it takes longer to bail water out from the stern, therefore the ship is increasingly vulnerable to incoming waves).
Important characteristics of small vessels (from my point of view):
Not enough room for gear
Slow, therefore voyages are longer and there are more storms
Difficult to notice by other vessels
Drawings of Carina:
It turned out during loading, that it will be hard to find anything distributed among so many compartments
In addition access to the more recessed compartments is like
Therefore I drew up a sketch of the location of stuff: http//:www.meder.hu.Carina_elrend_b.jpg
And the deck stuff’s location can be found at: http//:www.meder.hu/Carina_elrend.jpg
Interesting curiosities about Carina:
Carina in Space:
Southern Cross (Crux) over
Laszlo Kapitany sent in:
Carina is already known in the Universe, demonstrated by the enclosed picture and text: (from the March 2007 issue of National Geographic):
(translated by Laszlo Kapitany)