Fin keel

The Suspens looks like a big Surprise, and even if she seems a Half Tonner she is, as his eldest, released from any rules, to provide maximum performance. The extra length allows to offer most comfortable accommodations. The layout is not classic, one double berth on each side under the cockpit, a fairly advanced mess and a toilet / sail cargo compartment on fore part.

In 1984, Suspens is revised to become the Suspens 84, she adopted a large transom lengthening the hull of 90cm – 3ft, a 40cm longer mast and accommodations are completely redesigned. The toilet moves back and frees the space for a double cabin in front. The mess is slightly reduced and there is only one double berth under the cockpit. With these changes, she is 400kg – 880 lbs heavier but with a longer waterline and a most important sail plan she is faster than the Suspens, before 1984.

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Main Features

VersionFin keel
Sailboat typeCruising-racing monohull
DesignerMichel Joubert
Bernard Nivelt
Building years (first/last)1979 / 1988
Number built63
SuccessorSprint 95
ConstructionFiberglass/polyester, monolithic hull, balsa sandwich deck
Appendage typeTrapezoidal keel
Ballast typeCast iron
Rudder bladeSingle under hull rudder
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Hull length30.3 ft
Waterline length25.6 ft
Beam over all9.8 ft
Draft5.9 ft
Mast height44.3 ft
Light displacement6118 lbs
Ballast1830 lbs

Rig and sails

Rig typeFractional Sloop (7/8)
Rig materialMast and boom in Aluminum
Number of rows of spreader1
Spreader anglePushing
Spinnaker typeSymmetrical spinnaker
Upwind sailarea569 ft²
Downwind sailarea1150 ft²
Mainsail area288 ft²
Genoa area281 ft²
Jib area174 ft²
Spinnaker area861 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

38.1 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

13.8 ft

IFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay attachement)

35.3 ft

JFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay)

10.7 ft

LLGenoa hoist measurement (from tack to head)

35.3 ft

LPGenoa perpendicular measurement from clew to luff.

15.7 ft

SLSymmetrical spinnaker hoist measurement (from tack to head)

36.1 ft

SMWSymmetrical spinnaker width

24.3 ft


Ballast ratio29.9 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement205.2 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement414.3 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)21.0
IOR rating32.5 ft

Auxiliary engine

BrandRenault Couach
Type1 x RC8D
Power max (optional)1 x 7 hp
Fuel capacity7.9 gal
Fuel typeDiesel
Transmission typeShaft-line
Propeller typeTwo-blade propeller


Number of berth6
Fresh water capacity31.7 gal
Chart table dimensions2.1 x 1.8 ft
Table dimensions2.1 x 1.8 ft
Length of berth7.2 ft
Width of berth*1.8 ft
Aft cabin
Length of berth6.6 ft
Width of berth*4.9 ft
*Maximal width : at head

Based on specification1979

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