The Hurley 22 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The very popular Hurley 22 was designed by Ian Anderson and built in the UK in large numbers by Hurley Marine Ltd. 

A Hurley 22 setting off from Plymouth UK to Ireland in the Jester ChallengeVery popular with adventurous singlehanded sailors, the Hurley 22 sloop has crossed oceans and survived serious storms.

Published Specification for the Hurley 22

Underwater Configuration:  Fin with spade rudder

Hull Material:  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall: 22' 0" / 6.71m

Waterline Length: 17' 0" / 5.18m

Beam: 7' 5" / 2.26m

Draft: 3' 9" / 1.14m

Rig Type: Masthead Sloop

Displacement: 4,000lb / 1,814kg

Designer: Ian Anderson

Builder: Hurley Marine Ltd (UK)

Year First Built: 1966

Year Last Built: 1975

Number Built: 1200

Owners Association: Hurley Owners Association

Published Design Ratios for the Hurley 22

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 15.3

  • Less than 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 57.6

  • Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
  • Over 40: stiffer, more powerful

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 363

  • Under 100: Ultralight
  • 100 to 200: Light
  • 200 to 275: Moderate
  • 275 to 350: Heavy
  • Over 350: Ultraheavy

4. Comfort Ratio: 23.1

  • Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
  • 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
  • 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
  • 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
  • Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.9

  • Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
  • Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages

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Summary Analysis of Published Design Ratios for the Hurley 22

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of just 15.3 suggests that she'll need a stiff breeze to get her going. In any other conditions, unless you've got plenty of time on your hands, motor-sailing will be the way to go.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 57.6 means that she'll stand up well to her canvas in a blow, enabling her to power through the waves.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 363, tells us she's firmly in the ultraheavy displacement category. Load her up as much as you like and her performance will be hardly affected, not that it was ever startling. Few if any sailboats are built to this displacement category these days - but they remain popular with some of the most diehard traditional old salts.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 23.1 suggests that crew comfort in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser, which is not encouraging news for anyone prone to seasickness. 

5. Her Capsize Screening Formula of 1.9 tells us that she would be a better choice of sailboat for ocean passage-making than one with a CS rating of more than 2.0. 


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