Hurley 24/70 was designed in 1972 as a stretched version
of the Hurley 22. Standing headroom was provided by the
raised coachroof, the cockpit coamings were raised making
it very safe for families and the counter stern gave it a
modern look whilst lengthening the waterline when sailing
and heeled over.
24/70 refers to 24'/ 7metres and was intended to make the
yachts sound modern and acceptable for European market.
They sold well and around 200 were built.
It is rarely necessary to reef the main as it is so narrow but it does not power the boat at all if the wind is light if used on its own. However, it is a convenient way of displaying her sail number. An advantage of having a high aspect mainsail is that the boom is short. It does not encroach into the cockpit and is therefore very safe and convenient especially when sailing with children or novices. The H24 is an excellent family boat, with plenty of space below, a deep safe cockpit and high freeboard to keep crew dry. These is always a but in yacht design. The side decks are too narrow to allow for easy movement forward and the coachroof is high so visibility forward when seated in the cockpit is a problem unless the vessel is healing over a bit. Below there are two separate cabins with 6’ headroom in the main saloon. She has 4 six foot berths and an enclosed heads compartment. Most have inboards but a few were factory built with outboards and were slightly cheaper. Having so much accommodation leads to the problem of windage on the high freeboard topsides.
Like many Hurley’s they can suffer from mast compression and osmosis. More about these problems can be found on this site. More photographs can be found in the gallery and there is an account of Hurley 24 ownership in the Documents pages.
Interestingly there was only one mould for the 24/70. The keel combination was made up by bolting modular keel moulds into place which provides the moulded bulb keel shape that is so useful without the need for keel bolts that provide so much trouble for owners of other makes. Surveyors find the keel bolts to be the most problematic area of vessels and they give owners a lot of anxiety.
by Ian Anderson