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Getting a Polar Diagram for your boat…

Having researched the articles on optimal routing recently, one of the many avenues of related research that presented itself was of course to do with determining what your boat performance characteristics really are. For a sailing yacht this at the very least involves having as reasonably accurate Polar Diagram.

PolarDesgner My previous posting entitled “Boat characteristics and learning to Wally” generated some comments from readers which are worth following up.

I have now discovered that the University of Technology at Delft have developed a mathematical model based on their research into hull design and performance which they call the Delft Systematic Yacht Hull Series (DSYHS)

Their research ranges from traditional sailing yachts to systematic research to research on modern racing machines. Over the last 35 years research has focused on the influence of various parameters (hull parameters or heel and trim of the yacht) on the total resistance and sideforce production of the yacht. A total number of around 60 yachts have been tested and this number is still rising.

The outcome of this research has been used to devise a hydrodynamic model that can be used to calculate the resistance components on a sailing yacht based on hull parameters. These expressions have been used to create a Velocity Prediction Program (or VPP), in which the performance of a generic yacht can be predicted.

Based on the DSYHS research Mikael Razola and Jakob Kuttenkeuler have created Polar Designer. This is a free web based program that you can use to calculate a polar diagram for your own yacht.

Give it a try….very interesting…


22 comments to Getting a Polar Diagram for your boat…

  • Herman Caron

    Hi Russ, after surfing the internet for 5 hours I just found your article and link to create a polar diagram. I sail on a Beneteau 375 in The Netherlands and want to check the polars that we received via another source. Thanks for that tip!

  • Leon Majewski

    Has anyone obtained a polar diagram from their manufacture co. I would think this app. would be of great value in the hull design.We own a Dufour Classic 36 2001. You would think someone out there would offer this service. ????? Would appreciate any help.


  • Aljaz

    I found a Polar for your boat (Beneteau 375) Here it is:

    6,0 kn 8,0 kn 10,0 kn 12,0 kn 14,0 kn 16,0 kn 20,0 kn
    52,0 ° 5,20 kn 6,20 kn 6,60 kn 6,80 kn 7,00 kn 7,10 kn 7,10 kn
    60,0 ° 5,60 kn 6,50 kn 6,90 kn 7,10 kn 7,20 kn 7,30 kn 7,40 kn
    75,0 ° 6,00 kn 6,70 kn 7,10 kn 7,40 kn 7,60 kn 7,70 kn 7,80 kn
    90,0 ° 6,20 kn 6,90 kn 7,20 kn 7,40 kn 7,70 kn 7,90 kn 8,10 kn
    110,0 ° 6,20 kn 7,00 kn 7,40 kn 7,70 kn 7,90 kn 8,10 kn 8,40 kn
    120,0 ° 5,80 kn 6,80 kn 7,30 kn 7,70 kn 8,00 kn 8,30 kn 8,70 kn
    135,0 ° 5,10 kn 6,30 kn 7,00 kn 7,40 kn 7,80 kn 8,20 kn 8,90 kn
    150,0 ° 4,20 kn 5,40 kn 6,30 kn 6,90 kn 7,40 kn 7,80 kn 8,50 kn

  • Dustin Carlsson

    Hello Great site you have.

    Do you have a polar chart and diagram for Farr 520 (Farr design no. 444M2 ((2002))

    thanks for you help

    Dustin Carlsson

  • Hi Dustin

    Sorry – you will have to look up the links on my blog – or do your own 🙂

    Happy hunting

    Kind regards

  • Bill Lyons

    I tried to use the link to get to polar designer, but it did not come up. Any chance they changed the url? If not do you know of any other sources for reating polars.

    Thanks alot!

  • Hi Bill

    I can see that that link is now dead !

    I have posted a new link here http://www.altendorff.co.uk/archives/2390

    Perhaps you could try this neat little app called iRegatta….

    All the best

  • Finn Møller Christensen

    There's a lot of polars here: http://jieter.github.io/orc-data/site/

    Cheers Bimmer

  • BOA Smith

    Hi there, I'm looking for a polar for a 1985 Irwin Citation (Shoal draft).  I tried the site but I'm having trouble accesing it.  Is one available?  Thank you in adance for your time. 


  • BOA Smith

    Hi there I'm looking for a polar for a 1985 Irwin Citation (Shoal draft).  I tried the site but I'm having trouble accesing it.  Is one available.  Thank you in advance for your time.  This is being reposted due to an email address error. 


  • Giuseppe

    Dear all,

    I'm searching for a polar curves file for the boat sun odyssey 37.1..

    Can you help me?

    Many many thanks in advance..



  • Floyd

    Hi there I am searching for a polar diagram for the Hunter 35.5

    Thanks Floyd

  • David Gross

    Looking for a polar chart for a Corsair trimaran 750 mk ll. Thanks

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