The RS 400 is a double-handed dinghy, not equipped with trapeze. She offers in return, to master the power, a large deck width. In order to adapt to a wide range of crew weight, she is equipped with adjustable spreaders to bend the mast, thus reducing the power of the mainsail. The sail area remains significant and the asymmetric spinnaker allows excellent performance.
With over 1000 copies sold is now a classic that is regularly seen in race, especially in the UK.
|Building years (first/last)||1994 / Still in production|
|Construction||Sandwich PVC/fiberglass with Kevlar reinforcement|
|Rudder blade||Single transom hung rudder|
|Hull length||14.8 ft|
|Beam over all||6.6 ft|
|Light displacement||284 lbs|
Rig and sails
|Rig type||Fractional Sloop|
|Rig material||Mast and boom in Aluminum|
|Number of rows of spreader||1|
|Spinnaker type||Assymmetrical spinnaker on bowsprit|
|Upwind sailarea||160 ft²|
|Downwind sailarea||268 ft²|
|Mainsail area||118 ft²|
|Genoa area||42 ft²|
|Spinnaker area||150 ft²|
|Upwind sailarea / displacement||1242.5 ft²/Ton|
|Downwind sailarea / displacement||2077.6 ft²/Ton|
Portsmouth-YardstickPortsmouth Yardstick is an empirical system of handicapping used for small sailboat (dinghies included).
D-PND-PN is a variation of Portsmouth Yardstick used in the United States.
|Based on specification||2014|
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