i’m considering applying for a irc handicap in ireland and i need the weight for a lift keel sonata and the mainsail luff length any help
A good question – see my post of April 2005. I was surprised that my LK Sonata (No 273) came out at 1450Kg (on a certified weighbridge, after subtracting the trailer weight) with mast but without boom, sails, anchor,outboard, rudder or the usual junk and clustter. The only extras were 2 batteries totalling about 30Kg and a bit of extra ply for some side lockers and a fill in for a double berth in the fore cabin – say at most another 30 or 40 Kg. -subtract that and add in the boom, sails and rudder and the basic boat in sailing trim must be around 1400Kg. Everything else looks standard. I think this is around 150Kg more than the generally accepted weight. I’m confident of the weights within around +- 25Kg as I was desperately trying to get the towed weight below 2000Kg and weighed it twice and the trailer twice- I eventually gave up and beefed up the trailer hitch and wheels so I could carry all our gear in it. – anyone want 5 good wheels for a light sonata!
Your local trading standards office can tell you where to find a weighbridge. I wasn’t even charged – but then I didn’t get a fancy ticket!
I’d opt for 1400 Kg and keep your handicap up – good luck!