Beta Marine

Beta Marine

Sailboat Specifications

Hull Type: Centerboard Dinghy
Rigging Type: Fractional Sloop
LOA: 12.00 ft
LWL: 11.75 ft
S.A. (reported): 68.00 ft²
Beam: 4.67 ft
Displacement: 260.00 lb
Max Draft: 4.25 ft
Min Draft: 0.83 ft
Construction: Wood (hot molded)/FG
First Built: 1946
Builder: Fairey Marine (UK)
Designer: Uffa Fox

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Sailboat Calculations

S.A. / Displ.: 26.73
Disp: / Len: 71.55
Comfort Ratio: 4.36
Capsize Screening Formula: 2.93
Hull Speed: 4.59 kn
Pounds/Inch Immersion: 196.07 pounds/inch

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Sailboat Links

Designers: Uffa Fox
Builders: Fairey Marine Ltd
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Associations: National Firefly Association
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Originally called the SEA SWALLOW. The first sailboat built by Fairey Marine.
Although intended, and normally raced, as 2 man dinghy, the FIREFLY was selected as the single-handed class for the Olympic games of 1948. (Torbay UK, gold medal won by Paul Elvstrom).
FG construction permitted beginning in 1965.