Sadler 290 Vital Statistics (the boat’s, not mine!):
LOA – 29′ 2″ Beam – 10′ 8″ Draft – 4′ 3″ Displacement – 5.3 tons, Ballast – 2.2 tons, AVS > 135 degrees, Displ./W/L length – 269, Sail Area/Displ. – 20.02, Capsize Formula – 1.95 (where < 2.0 is good), Hull speed – 6.85 knots, RCD Category – ‘A’, Comfort Ratio – 26.8, Engine – Yanmar 29 hp ……..
The Sadler 290 is, sadly, no more since the Hillyard Factory burned down after about 50 boats had been built. She is a powerful boat punching well above her size with a greater displacement than many 32 footers and with a healthy 46% ballast ratio.
Designed by Stephen Jones her dart shaped, wide sterned hull bears more than a passing resemblance to those ’round the World’ boats. Over 600 square feet of sail are held upright by over 2 tons of lead antimony carried low on her twin keels and she has been described as being “as stiff as a Church”. I can vouch for that and she goes like a train if I get everything right! I have added a Harken main sheet track, extended bow roller to protect that plumb bow from the sharp 10kg Rocna anchor, and a custom made servo vane self steering gear which takes the place of the stern gate. She also sports teak decks, radar and she is cosy inside. A smart little ship in her skipper’s eyes!