The Hurley 24 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Hurley 24 was designed by Ian Anderson and built in the UK by Hurley Marine Ltd.

The Hurley 24 sailboat 'Pyxi', an entrant in the 2015 Jester ChallengeThe windvane self-steering gear and the retro-fitted staysail on this Hurley 24 suggests the skipper has a long-distance passage in mind.

Published Specification for the Hurley 24

Underwater Configuration:  Fin with skeg-hung rudder

Hull Material:  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall: 23' 9" / 7.24m

Waterline Length: 17' 6" / 5.33m

Beam: 7' 5" / 2.26m

Draft: 4' 1" / 1.24m

Rig Type: Masthead Sloop

Displacement: 5,096lb / 2,312kg

Designer: Ian Anderson

Builder: Hurley Marine Ltd (UK)

Year First Built: 1972

Year Last Built: 1974

Number Built: 200

Owners Association: Hurley Owners Association

Published Design Ratios for the Hurley 24

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 13.6

  • 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: 61

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

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 342

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

4. Comfort Ratio: 22.7

  • 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 24

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of just 13.6 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 61 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 342, tells us she's clearly a heavy displacement cruising boat. You can load her down with all your cruising gear and equipment and it will hardly affect her waterline. Not an ideal choice for coastal sailing, but will come into her own on an offshore passage in testing conditions.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 22.7 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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