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Océanis 281 Shoal draft

Sailboat specifications

The Océanis 281 is a 27’5” (8.35m) cruising sailboat designed by Finot Conq Architectes (France). She was built between 1994 and 2001 by Bénéteau (France) with 331 hulls completed. The Shoal draft version features a shorter keel to grant access to shallow areas.

Océanis 281's main features

Océanis 281
Shoal draft
Hull type
Cruising sailboat
Sailboat builder
Sailboat designer
Sailboat range
GRP (glass reinforced polyester):
- Hull: Single skin fiberglass polyester
- Deck: Sandwich fiberglass polyester
Number of hulls built
First built hull
Last built hull
Keel : L-shaped keel (with bulb)
Single tiller
Single spade rudder
EC design category
 iThe CE design category indicates the ability to cope with certain weather conditions (the sailboat is designed for these conditions)

A: Wind < force 9, Waves < 10m
B: Wind < force 8, Waves < 8m
C: Wind < force 6, Waves < 4m
D: Wind < force 4, Waves < 0,5m
Standard public price ex. VAT (indicative only)

Océanis 281's main dimensions

Overall length
28’ 6”8.7 m
Hull length
27’ 5”8.35 m
Waterline length
24’ 2”7.38 m
Beam (width)
9’ 7”2.93 m
3’ 10”1.16 m
Mast height from DWL
38’ 6”11.74 m
Light displacement (MLC)
6614 lb3000 kg
Ballast weight
1742 lb790 kg
Ballast type
Cast iron
French customs tonnage
7.58 Tx

Océanis 281's rig and sails

Upwind sail area
415 ft²38.6 m²
Mainsail area
183 ft²17 m²
Genoa area
233 ft²21.6 m²
 iFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay top attachment)
33’ 4”10.16 m
 iFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay)
10’3.05 m
 iMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)
29’ 6”9 m
 iMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)
11’ 4”3.45 m
Rigging type
Sloop Marconi masthead
Mast configuration
Deck stepped mast
Rotating spars
Number of levels of spreaders
Spreaders angle
15 °
Spars construction
Aluminum spars
Standing rigging
1x19 strand wire continuous

Océanis 281's performances

HN (French rating)
 iHN or "Handicap Nationale" is an empirical rating system used in France allowing various monohulls, of different sizes and designs, to race each other fairly. It is particularly suitable for cruiser and cruiser-racer. Therefore, by comparing these values, we can have an indication of the relative speed of 2 boats.
Upwind sail area to displacement
 iThe ratio sail area to displacement is obtained by dividing the sail area by the boat's displaced volume to the power two-thirds.

The ratio sail area to displacement can be used to compare the relative sail plan of different sailboats no matter what their size.

Upwind: under 18 the ratio indicates a cruise oriented sailboat with limited performances especially in light wind, while over 25 it indicates a fast sailboat.
200 ft²/T18.56 m²/T
Displacement-length ratio (DLR)
 iThe Displacement Length Ratio (DLR) is a figure that points out the boat's weight compared to its waterline length. The DLR is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement in tons by the cube of one one-hundredth of the waterline length (in feet).
The DLR can be used to compare the relative mass of different sailboats no matter what their length:

a DLR less than 180 is indicative of a really light sailboat (race boat made for planning), while a DLR greater than 300 is indicative of a heavy cruising sailboat.
Ballast ratio
 iThe Ballast ratio is an indicator of stability; it is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement by the mass of the ballast. Since the stability depends also of the hull shapes and the position of the center of gravity, only the boats with similar ballast arrangements and hull shapes should be compared.

The higher the ballast ratio is, the greater is the stability.
26 %
Critical hull speed
 iAs a ship moves in the water, it creates standing waves that oppose its movement. This effect increases dramatically the resistance when the boat reaches a speed-length ratio (speed-length ratio is the ratio between the speed in knots and the square root of the waterline length in feet) of about 1.2 (corresponding to a Froude Number of 0.35) . This very sharp rise in resistance, between speed-length ratio of 1.2 to 1.5, is insurmountable for heavy sailboats and so becomes an apparent barrier. This leads to the concept of "hull speed".
The hull speed is obtained by multiplying the square root of the waterline length (in feet) by 1.34.
6.59 knots

Océanis 281's auxiliary engine

1 inboard engine
Engine(s) power
24 HP
Fuel type
Fuel tank capacity
7.9 gal30 liters

Océanis 281's accommodations and layout

Closed aft cockpit
Freshwater tank capacity
50.2 gal190 liters
Maximum headroom
6’ 4”1.92 m
Galley headroom
5’ 11”1.79 m
Head headroom
5’ 11”1.8 m

Océanis 281's saloon

Maximum headroom
5’ 11”1.8 m

Océanis 281's fore cabin

Berth length
7’2.12 m
Berth width
4’ 10”1.45 m

Océanis 281's aft cabin

Maximum headroom
5’ 8”1.75 m
Berth length
6’ 4”1.93 m
Berth width
6’ 2”1.88 m
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