Beta Marine

Beta Marine

Sailboat Specifications

Hull Type: Fin Keel
Rigging Type: Fractional Sloop
LOA: 23.42 ft / 7.14 m
LWL: 16.00 ft / 4.88 m
S.A. (reported): 218.00 ft² / 20.25 m²
Beam: 6.25 ft / 1.91 m
Displacement: 2,050.00 lb / 930 kg
Ballast: 800.00 lb / 363 kg
Max Draft: 3.67 ft / 1.12 m
Construction: Wood/FG
First Built: 1946
# Built: 180
Builder: McVay Fiberglass Yachts (CAN)
Designer: W. J. Roué

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Sailboat Calculations

S.A. / Displ.: 21.66
Bal. / Displ.: 39.02
Disp: / Len: 223.43
Comfort Ratio: 15.12
Capsize Screening Formula: 1.97
S#: 2.97
Hull Speed: 5.36 kn
Pounds/Inch Immersion: 357.31 pounds/inch

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Rig and Sail Particulars

I: 20.00 ft / 6.10 m
J: 6.80 ft / 2.07 m
P: 26.30 ft / 8.02 m
E: 12.00 ft / 3.66 m
S.A. Fore: 68.00 ft² / 6.32 m²
S.A. Main: 157.80 ft² / 14.66 m²
S.A. Total (100% Fore + Main Triangles): 225.80 ft² / 20.98 m²
S.A./Displ. (calc.): 22.44
Est. Forestay Length: 21.12 ft / 6.44 m

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Designers: William J. Roué
Builders: McVay Fiberglass Yachts Ltd.
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Beginning in 1946, the first 77 boats were built of wood (most by Barkhouse Boatyard Ltd. of Nova Scotia). The designer, W. J. Roue, granted McVay the rights to build the boat in fiberglass which began in 1960 and continued until 1972. The fiberglass version was given a small cuddy immediately behind the mast. A few keel/cb versions were built.

A later builder (2010) is Herring Cove Marine. Herring Cove appears to have gone out of business by 2018.
Snyder’s Shipyard is now the exclusive authorized builder for new construction of the Bluenose Sloop.

Today, an active one-design fleet and class association is maintained and managed for members of Chester YC in Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Thanks to Jack Gutter, BLUENOSE owner and boat historian, for updated information.
Thanks to Adam Hunt for the photo of the Bluenose "Moon Beam" out sailing. Additional thanks to "Moon Beam" owner Tony Latus for the photo of the boat on a trailer.

Current builder (2018)
Snyders Shipyard
13617 Highway 3
Dayspring, NS B4V 5P2