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A Buyer's Guide for a Boston Whaler Harpoon

Boston Whaler Harpoon

The Boston Whaler Harpoon is a sailboat that was discontinued in the early 1980s, but it's found a new audience recently and although most are aging models, they're being scooped up by collectors who are happy to make any restorations needed to put them back in service. The unsinkable legend of Boston Whalers applies to these classics and we're seeing more of them showing up in sailing clubs. If you're joining the new awakening and discovering the inherent value of the Harpoon, we've prepared a guide to provide you with tips to help you find one, assess its condition, and get the best possible deal.

Facts about the Boston Whaler

Before you start negotiating for a classic Harpoon, it's good to have a solid knowledge base about the boat. It gives you a good idea of what models are out there, the years they were produced, and what to expect prior to showing up for a look. The staff at iBoats are helpful in supplying excellent information about every model that was made. Between 1978 and 1984, Boston Whaler produced three models including the 4.6, the 5.2, and the 6.2.

Boston Whaler Harpoon 4.6

The Harpoon 4.6 was launched in 1978. The sailboat featured a fiberglass hull with an overall length of 15 feet with a 67 inch beam. It was setup as a Sloop. The sail area is 129 square feet with a displacement of 410 pounds and a draft of 3 ft 4 inches. The only real change in its 9 years of production was an increase in the displacement specification from 410 pounds to 425 in 1979.

Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2

The Harpoon 5.2 was produced from 1978 through 1984. Like the 4.6 model, the hull is made of fiberglass but it's a larger version with an overall length of 17 feet. The width/beam is 76 inches and the craft is rigged for sailing as a Sloop. The sail area is 160 square feet with a displacement of 565 pounds. The draft is 3 ft 8 inches There were no notable changes to the specifications through the production years.

Boston Whaler Harpoon 6.2

The 6.2 Harpoon model is the largest of the three sailboats made in this Boston Whaler family of boats. It measures 20.33 feet in length with a beam of 80 inches. The hull is made of fiberglass and it is set up to sail as a Sloop. The sail area is 210 square feet with a displacement for the 6.2 of 1,700 pounds, and a draft of 3 ft 6 inches. The Harpoon 6.2 was first launched in 1980, as one of the later models made, and the last model year of production was 1984. It made a shorter run that the 4.6 or 5.2.

Assessing the value of a Boston Whaler Harpoon

According to Sail Away, Boston Whaler kept the production of boats in the Harpoon line low. In the nine years of production there were only 1,500 of them made. They're emerging as a top choice for sailing club members who now recognize their uniqueness and inherent value. The features that are the most appreciated are the sink proof construction with urethane foam bubbles sandwiched between two skins of fiberglass. The other is the self-bailing system for water removal. They're highly valued as day sailing vessels. When we combine their new found popularity with sailing club members with their quality construction and status as classic boats, this serves to create a high demand for them, and to increase the current value. One member paid $3,500 for his Harpoon, and within just 3 years, the value had increased to $12,000.

Gauging the condition of a used Boston Whaler Harpoon

When you find a Harpoon for sale, they're all older, and the expected condition will depend on how the boat was cared for, maintained, and stored. The main things to look for when doing the walk-through is to start with the hull. Ideally, the boat will be at dry dock so you can get a good look at the hull. It should show no obvious signs of damage or cracking, and it should be painted. Although Boston Whaler hulls are made to be unsinkable, water damage is still possible. Large cracks with water damage can compromise the integrity. Smaller cracks in the gelcoat usually are not reason for concern. They're to be expected with a craft of this age.

Check out the mast to make sure that it's still in good condition. Also inspect the boat for water damage in the wood components, and any signs of rust or missing components in the rigging. It's also important to check the condition of the sail and to make sure that it's in good operational condition. It's not difficult to have the sail replaced, but if it's necessary, this could be an additional expense that you should consider before cutting a deal on a used Boston Whaler Harpoon.

How to assign value to a Boston Whaler Harpoon

This can be tricky and it's difficult to assign a set value to a classic collectible such as the Harpoon. We checked on a few of the forums such as Continuous Waves to get in on the discussions about the current value of Harpoons. We saw that some were going for around $2,000 to $2,600 with new riggings and sails, so you might be able to find a seller that is willing to part with their boat for around this price. Some of the more pristine boats that are restored to mint condition may fetch a price in the thousands, as we've seen. The selling price is largely going to be determined by the demand for the boat in the area that you're browsing. You can consult with the JD Power NADA guidelines to give you a ballpark figure, but when you're dealing in a collectibles market, much depends upon the current demand for the product.

Boat History

It's always a good plan to ask the seller about the history of the boat. Find out if it has been involved in any accidents or if it has sustained any major damage. You can learn more about it from an original owner, but it's getting harder to find Harpoons that have had just one owner. Ask about any repairs or restorations that were made and if there are any known problems or repairs that currently need to be made. The owner an enlighten you about the history of the boat with facts that might not be apparent when you make a visual inspection. You an also refer to Nada to obtain a history of the boat with information on the specifications and to learn about any recorded accidents involving the particular example that you're inquiring about if you have the hull identification number.

How to find the hull identification number on a Boston Whaler Harpoon

According to Continuous Wave , there are three form that the hull identification number for a Boston Whaler boat can take. The first is one that is stenciled into the molded portion of of the hull in the gel coating, a molded-in number on the transom, or a metal tag that is fastened to the hull. By the time that the Harpoon models were issued, it became a Federal requirement to include the serial numbers for all boats, so you should be able to easily locate the hull identification/serial number. This is useful for looking up the boat history through the Nada site.

Where to find a Boston Whaler Harpoon sailboat?

The fact that there were just 1,500 Harpoon models made does create a bit of scarcity, but there are still plenty of them listed for sale by owner, or at dealerships. The best way to locate a Harpoon is to conduct an internet search. This will yield quite a few results, and it will give you a choice of options. We like Sailboatlistings.com because the site is filled with useful tips for buyers about how to avoid becoming the victim of a fraud. This is an advertisement site that requires sellers to register prior to posting, and we found about a dozen listings for Boston Whaler Harpoon models on the site. Most provided pictures with an overview of the boat, it's condition, the asking price, and contact information. It's a good place to start and the location of the boats are listed as well.

Smart Marine Guide is another site that is used by private sellers to list their Harpoon sailboats. We noticed that most of the listings include photos and a little more information about the care and maintenance of the boats. There were 9 listings posted at the time of our search. Most of them looked as though they had been well cared for. WAA2 is another great resource for finding Boston Whaler Harpoon sailboats listed for sale by owners. The listings include photos along with an overview of the boat, the asking price, and the location. We noticed that the lowest price listed out of the 15 posts was $1,800 and the highest, $10,000.

Tip: Comparisons to get the best deal

Before setting up an appointment to look at a Boston Whaler Harpoon, it's good to put a checklist together, to narrow down your search. The first is to determine which model will suit your needs, eg, the smaller 4.6, the medium 5.2 or the much larger 6.2. The next thing is to consider the location of the boat. How far are you willing to travel to inspect a boat? We don't recommend buying a classic boat until you've inspected its condition with your own eyes, and until you've had the opportunity to talk with the owner to ask about the history. Photos don't always reveal the true condition, plus you might be looking at an older picture. There may be a high cost involved with moving the boat from long distances, so it's something to think about. Inquiries about each boat you're seriously considering are helpful. Contact the owners and ask a few questions about the history and condition of the boat before you schedule an appointment to look at it. Sometimes, a phone call or email can provide you with a lot more information that what is shared on a listing.

The Boston Whaler Harpoon is a very special classic boat and it's one that in many cases, has increased in value with age. While you can still find some legitimately great deals on the model, it's good to know as much about the boat as possible in advance. Our tips are intended to help prepare you with the information that you need to perform an inspection and initial value assessment of this collectible classic boat, to get the best deal possible. The Harpoon is more popular in some areas than in others, so where you look can have a big impact on the asking price. Buying from a member of a sailing club where the Harpoon is currently in high demand is likely to mean you'll pay up to 5 times more for the craft than in some other areas, so it's worth your time to browse through a variety of listings and make comparisons of the boats. We wish you the best of success in your endeavors.

Garrett Parker

Written by  Garrett Parker

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17'  Boston Whaler 5.2  Harpoon Daysailor

17' Boston Whaler 5.2 Harpoon Daysailor

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Make Boston Whaler

Model 5.2 Harpoon

Category Sailboats

Length 17.0

Posted Over 1 Month

Classic Hard to find, 1979 Boston Whaler 5.2 Harpoon day sailor with optional removable cuddy, Unsinkable! New Continental trailer! bought a few years ago but never put in water. Main & Jib Sails are in very good condition..comes with a 3.5hp outboard motor and full boat cover. The boat needs a little TLC.. See photos of rub rail, is broken in a few places. Needs new seats. I was going to replace the mahogany seats but never got around to it. (I still have the originals which will go with the boat) The hull is in good condition but needs compounding . When I bought the boat the hull had some barnacle damage, which damaged the gel coat, this has since been repaired. This is a fast fun boat and can be sailed easily by one person! Priced for quick sale! (*1 of the photo's is a brochure photo) . Any questions please text or call 954-624-6574 **The boat is listed on other sources and may be removed if sold.. Boat is in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Boston Whaler 5.2 17' Harpoon Daysailor

Boston Whaler 5.2 17' Harpoon Daysailor

1978 Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2 Sailboat

1978 Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2 Sailboat

Prospect, Kentucky

Model Harpoon 5.2

Category Daysailer Sailboats

I am selling my 1978 Boston Whaler Harpoon with trailer. It has recently seen a thorough refit. Within the last 12 months the cockpit of the boat has been fully stripped and sanded followed by 3 coats of Interlux Pre Kote (INT-4279). New Non Skid was also applied to all surfaces in the form of Interlux Intergrip. The final coat of paint was professionally sprayed at a body shop with two coats of Interlux Brightside White Y4359. The Transom was also repainted with Interlux in "Ocean Blue" Y4253. The transom looks amazing and is ready for a name of your choice to be added. The paint on this boat is top notch and is evident at first glance. All of the woodwork was redone as well at the same time. As you research these boats you will find a variety of configurations and materials used as the seats have been redone. In this case no expense was spared and solid Uruguayan Pink Eucalyptus was used. Not an inch of plywood is found on this boat. Also you will notice that the slat format for the seat tops is not only a much more aesthetically pleasing design but much more labor intensive. The wood was stained with a Mahogany stain and finished with 7 meticulous coats of Interlux YVA502 Compass Clear. The Boston Whaler decals on the cuddy were also replaced after painting. The hull has never been painted. It has been polished and waxed at the beginning and end of the season but could honestly use one more thorough polish to remove some haze. I cannot emphasize what attention to detail was given in the materials and time used in the rehab of this boat. The trailer itself is the original Dilly brand tilt trailer with tires in great condition as well as a spare. The mast crutches are also made of hardwood which was refinished in the same way as the seats. The rails on the trailer have been recently resurfaced and an extra winch strap is included. I have trailered this boat over 400 miles with no issues. The engine on this boat is a 5HP Nissan NS5B longshaft that has been winterized properly and runs like a top.The boat also has balers replaced 3 seasons ago and brand new standing rigging. The running rigging is not new but is in good shape. When it comes to the rigging again everything is top quality with Harken blocks and beautiful stainless steel shackles and snap shackles. There is over 500.00 spent alone on new snap shackles this season. The sails are in good shape but are the only thing on the boat that hasn't been replaced or overhauled. They work fine but are somewhat wrinkled however they are without stains or tears with plenty of snap left to them. The boat is currently garaged. Located in Louisville KY this boat is a short drive from most places. Delivery or meeting halfway could be discussed as well. Feel free to contact me via phone, email or text at any hour with questions.

Classic Boston Whaler 17' Sailboat Harpoon 5.2

Classic Boston Whaler 17' Sailboat Harpoon 5.2

Williamsburg, Virginia

Stunningly restored 1977 Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2. So much care and pride has been given to this classic. These boats were all designed by the C&C YACHTS for Boston Whaler and built by Boston Whaler at their Norwell, Ma. facility. The unsinkable hull consisted of foam sandwich construction and was made with the daysailer and families in mind, very safe and extremely stable.Solid Mahogany and Teak custom seating, stainless hardware throughout, anchor locker, full cuddy for storage or just to get out of the weather. Retractable keel. Original North sails in good condition both main and jib with all running rigging and sheets. Comes with all original manuals and paperwork, full fitted cover, sailbag and anchor with rode included.Specs:LOA: 17'0" Beam: 7'6" Draft (up): 4.6" Draft (down): 3'8"Engine: 2007 Yamaha 4 Stroke, 4HP (model F4 MSH), perfect in every way, 5 hours of use, essentially in brand new condition.Trailer is a Shoreline EZ load trailer with full support, mast mount and full lighting. This rare "Cuddy" classic is ready to sail now, clear titles in hand.

Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2 Sailboat Rare Unsinkable Legend

Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2 Sailboat Rare Unsinkable Legend

Hilliard, Ohio

A great opportunity to get into the sport of sailing with the perfect starter boat. The 5.2 is about 17 feet long and about 7 feet wide which makes it a comfortable stable boat. It has a simple set up, easy to rig and get ripping. Performs well in a variety of conditions. The Boston Whaler unsinkable brand is highly desired and the sailboats are rare and hard to find. Details: 1980 Original Sails (some stains on it, no holes) Mast and Boom in good shape newer cover newer shrouds functional trailer (bearings checked and greased) Not shown in the photos: Mahogany removed, re-varnished and put back with new hardware Replaced Boston Whaler Emblem (both sides of the boat) The boat has been enjoyed and shows its imperfections. No major flaws and is ready to go sailing. Fell free to ask any questions and good luck.

1985 Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2

1985 Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2

Gainesville, Georgia

Private Seller (678) 316-0603 Photos Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6 Close Request Information * Name First Name * Email Telephone (optional) Best Time to Contact Anytime Morning Mid-day Evening Question/Comments (optional) Shop Safely: Protect Your Money. By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use. Contact Seller 1985 Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2,Harpoon 5.2 Daysailer. Excellent condition with three jibs and 2 mainsails. One Roller reefer jib and a spinaker. They absolutely do not make anything like this boat any more. comfortable will sit 4. It cannot sink, foam filled floor will remain dry with the bailers open. Guaranteed for life from the factory.Trailer has some rust but lights work and is ready to travel. $2400.00, 6783160603 Be sure: Get a boat history report|Finance this boat|Get an insurance quote|

1979 Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2

1979 Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2

Lakeland, Florida

Private Seller (863) 670-6395 Photos Photo 1 Photo 2 Close Request Information * Name First Name * Email Telephone (optional) Best Time to Contact Anytime Morning Mid-day Evening Question/Comments (optional) Shop Safely: Protect Your Money. By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use. Contact Seller 1979 Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2, This is the Mercedes of days sailors. Room for four adults it is fast stable and unsinkable. There is too much to list so read about it on line. I am the second owner the boat is 17 feet long has a 7 foot beam and floats and 6 inches of water with a board. Brand-new Yamaha six horse four stroke. 09 galvanized trailer. Main ,jib ,,spinnaker ,boom vang. As a bonus I leave the mast at home and fish the skinny water in Sarasota Bay and Ana Maria you can motor and 12 inches of water and float and six. The boat is ready to tow anywhere and in excellent condition $6500, 8636706395 . Ck video on YouTube boston whaler harpoon 5.2 ft fort desoto to Egmont key solo Be sure: Get a boat history report|Finance this boat|Get an insurance quote|

1982 Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2

1982 Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2

Morehead City, North Carolina

Private Seller (252) 347-5729 Photos Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6 Close Request Information * Name First Name * Email Telephone (optional) Best Time to Contact Anytime Morning Mid-day Evening Question/Comments (optional) Shop Safely: Protect Your Money. By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use. Contact Seller 1982 Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2,This sailboat is easy to launch and sail. The boat and all three sails are in very good shape. Well cared for as you can see and just waxed and ready to sail. This boat has spend most of it life in and around fresh water. A auto steer feature has been installed to aid in sailing alone. Must see! $3150.00, 2523475729 Be sure: Get a boat history report|Finance this boat|Get an insurance quote|

2003 Boston Whaler 255 Conquest - TOTALLY OUTFITTED FOR INSHORE AND OFFSHORE!

2003 Boston Whaler 255 Conquest - TOTALLY OUTFITTED FOR INSHORE AND OFFSHORE!

Long Valley, New Jersey

Model 255 Conquest

Category Cuddy Cabin Boats

Length 27.0

Moving from NJ to the mid-west, so for sale is a completely outfitter (Canyon Ready...yes, this boat has fished the Hudson Canyon countless times) Boston Whaler 255 Conquest. By completely outfitted, it's saying that every bit of gear to fish inshore or offshore will come with the sale of the boat. Here's some justification for the price:I bought the boat in 2012 at an appraised value of $48,000I bought the trailer in 2012 for $5,000Just last winter, I put in another $15,000 (based on receipts) to make the boat offshore ready If you're not familiar with a Boston Whaler, their company mantra is "the unsinkable legend". Whaler's have long been known as top of the line boats and a new conquest today will start at around $150,000. Detailed below are the items included with the boat. IF YOU WANT TO BUY JUST THE BOAT AND TRAILER, I'LL TAKE $45,000 AND SELL THE TACKLE MYSELF. Shipping: I will personally drive it to the buyer within 800 miles of New Jersey for $250. Beyond 800 miles, we'll need to discuss. Boat Features: Twin Mercury Optimax 150HP Venture Aluminum Trailer with surge brakes Engine Hours: 560 Electronics: 10.1" Northstar 6000i chart plotter gps/sounder/radar with 18" dome Fuel Tank: 150 gallons Range: 250 miles without bladder or cans. Boat cruises at 30mph while burning 18 gallons per hour (conditions permitting) Hard Top with rocket launchers, (4) under gunwale rod holders, (9) in gunnel rod holders, transom fold-away seat, cockpit coaming bolsters, port & stbd fish boxes, built in livewell, raw water washdown, fresh water tank and washdown, porta potti with pump out, spreader lights, custom battery setup for overnight power, twist lock 12 outlets (1) Viking - 6 man coastal self inflating rescue raft (1) Automatic GPS EPIRB (4) Adult buckle life jackets, (2) youth buckle life jackets, (8) standard life jackets, (2) white throwable PFD's (1) anchor, 30' of chain and 2000' of rope plus (1) spare anchor, anchor retrieval ring and ball 185 pcs tool kit, (2) fire extinguishers, (1) flare gun, 3 million candle power spot light, (1) first aid kit (2) Marine bean bag chairs, (1) docking pole, (2) aluminum gaffs, (1) net Inshore Fishing Equipment: (6) Penn 975LD Reels with 7' rods (1) Shimano Calcutta 700BSV reel with 7' rod (2) Shimano 12000D Bait Runner Spinning reels with 7' rods PLUS (14) assorted rods and (4) assorted reels 20 gallon removable livewell for extra capacity (2) - 12' cast nets: 1 1/2" mesh and 3/8" mesh (16) striper umbrella rigs countless jigs countless hooks, swivels, weights, line, etc. Offshore Fishing Equipment: (3) Shimano Tiagra 16 with Shmano 6'3" stand up rods (7) Shimano Tiagra 50W LRS with Penn International V 6' Stand up rods 50-100lb class (1) Custom chunking machine (1) Poon Harpoon, (3) darts, line and ball (2) Fighting belts (1) Fighting harness Tuna Gear includes: 6 squid bars 6 Joe Shutz ballyhoo skirts 6 various ballyhoo skirts 3 cedar plugs 2 green machines 2 birds complete set for chunking (i.e. hooks, swivels, fluro, crimper, etc) If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Thanks

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Bernie here! Need instructions or Video’s on rigging the main and boom on a Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2

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Thank you thank you will get me going corrector, Bernie in Clearwater Florida  

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I'm looking for info regarding the Harpoon 5.2. I also have a line on a 4.6 for sale. Anyone here who can give me some of the Pro and con of these boats? THX!!!  

I've owned a '77 Harpoon5.2 since 1990. Great daysailer one design racer built like a brick sh*thouse. Problem areas- the elvsrom bailers tend to leak and the plywood they are screwed into rots. Various fixes may last a couple of years. Some owner have reported issues with the board pulley system being stiff. I've never had that issue. 'Dents' may appear in the hull due to gaps in the extruded foam core into the hull. More cosmetic than structural. Great for lakes. Very beamy and roomy for a 17 footer. All hardware is first rate. Good luck.  

I had use of a 5.2 for a number of years and consider it an excellent boat, especially for a centerboard daysailer. I found the Harpoon comfortable with four adults and six kids, pretty good for such a short boat. And it sails very well, the wide beam provides a lot of form stability.  

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Lots of great info here: Boston Whaler Harpoon Sailboats  

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THX for the info. I did pass on the boat in question but am on the look out for another. I passed because the owner was stuck at what i thought was an unrealistic price.  

Just out of curiosity, try the price on us. Understand most 40 year old boats like these are being sold at a price reflecting "needs a lot of work". One of these Harpoons with a DRY hull and recent sails would well be worth $4-5,000, while you can find examples for $600 that are not worth that.  

While shopping and ultimately buying an O'Day Daysailor, I checked out a couple and saw listings for a couple other Harpoons. From what I could gather in my research, they are very well-regarded and fetch good prices (compared to, say, my Daysailor). That said, I'd suggest you consider how you intend to use a 16 footer... Daysailors aren't the fastest, but they're solid predictable sailors. There are many fleets if racing is of interest, but recognize they're not "racers" like a 470 or even a Buccaneer. Their parts are readily available and they're very roomy (especially the DSI model). In short, for family outings on the lake or (casual) racing, an O'Day Daysailor is hard to beat for availability and low cost of ownership. But if you're set on a Harpoon and can score one, you'll have a very good boat and never have any trouble reselling it.  

Just bought an 1981 Harpoon 5.2 . It only has a main and jib. Has anyone ever retro fitted a spinnaker , where would one buy the pole /hardware ? Does anyone sell the sails that fit the boat or do you use a sail loft to custom make sails. Anxious to get her out before it gets too cold here in Maryland. Thanks , Pat  

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1983 Boston Whaler Harpoon 4.6

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This classic Harpoon 4.6 is in good shape and is ready to hit the water. This is a great unsinkable boat and a perfect boat for beginning sailors. Trailer included. All proceeds support Sail Charlevoix: Lake Charlevoix Mariners 501 (c) (3)

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Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.

D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.

Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam 1.33 )

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.

CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

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