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Home » Sailnet Boat Reviews » N - Boats starting with 'N' » Neptune

Neptune 24
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4 6493 Tue July 3, 2007
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100% of reviewers $5,500.00 7.0

Description: Neptune 24
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Registered: March 2000
Review Date: Mon November 9, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


Capitol Yachts was the manufacturer of the Neptune 24, as well as its bigger Newport and Gulf series boats until they went out of business. The Neptune 24 was designed as a fiberglass pocket cruiser. My '78 has a shoal draft of only 18 inches and a bilge board design that permits it to get into any navigable waters and to be easy to trailer. The boat does not skimp on finnish. Its wood interior and upholstered settees are first class. Designed with a maximum sleeping capacity of 7 -- yes not a typo. (2 in the V-Berth, 1 in starboard settee, 2 in port expandable berth, and 1 1/2 berth under port quarter -beneath the cockpit seats) Although it would be too uncomfortable with that many it would work for a family with kids. She sails to weather with some difficulty and a weather helm takes some effort in heavy winds. The interior has a four person fold down table. The galley features a 2 burner alcohol pressure stove with a galley sink and pressure cold water. The head (portable on my boat) features a second stainless steel sink with its own full size medicine cabinet. Boat holds 15 gallons of fresh water. The cockpit is approximately 7 feet long. The boat is easy to trailer, with mine carrying a mast of approximately 28 feet which uses a tabernacle and pin attachment making it easy to raise and lower even singlehanded. The boat has been a nice one for me and my family and its abililty to be trailered has seen it sailed in the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior, as well as on Lakes Huron and Lake Michigan (which I had enough confidence in the boat to cross with during Sept of 1998). She is strong and solid with a pop-top and although short on headroom with the top down, the boat is still comfortable and has much in its finnish and distinctive side stripe to make it distinctive and appreciated by me and by many who have owned the model over time. She still gets admiring calls from fellow boaters whereever we take it. (11/9/98) (515) 274-1998
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Sun May 2, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


Built by Capital Yachts, Inc., Harbor City, CA. Now out of business. Also designed and built Gulf and Newport sailboats. In 1985 Neptune had a fixed keel or a shoal draft keel with a dagger board available, standard rig or tall rig. Tall rig had a sail area of 301 sq. ft. available on the fixed keel only. Draft is 4'8" fixed and 2' to 3'6" on shoal keel, Beam 8', weight dry 3,200 lbs. Fiberglass hull, pop top, 3 double berths and 1 single, 2 s/s sinks, a head with porta potty, double walled and teak interior with 2 burner stove. Design stayed pritty much the same as the older models (why change a good thing.) Not to many weaknesses I can think of. I wish the stove wasn't built so close to the wall and curtins and I would of liked to close a door for the head.

This boat was designed as a family pocket cruiser. Plenty of room down under and topside. Great for my family of 5 and would be wonderfull for a smaller family or singles. The fiberglass hull is almost bullet proof compared to the newer boats of today. I'd take this cruiser anywhere. I sail in San Francisco and the Delta waterways. The boat handles great in average weather conditions. Above 30 mph winds and she starts to fight a little sailing to weather but no more so than any small sailboat. I would'nt be out in the bay with my family without a good sturdy boat Im confident in. I have the shoal draft model and is very easy to trailer and rig. It launches like a ski boat, using any ordinary launch ramp and retrieves just as easy. Two thumbs up on this trailerable boat. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a good sturdy pocket cruiser.
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Review Date: Sat August 6, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


Bought a 1982 Neptune 24 one week ago. Without a owners manual I feel lost about the inners of this boat.Would pay for any copy of manual. Thanks for the reviews of this type- Ed Kelly and John Salmon.
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Registered: September 2006
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 17
Review Date: Tue July 3, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $5,500.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: shoal draft, not too big not too small, pop-top, sound construction, roomy cabin, decent sailing characteristics
Cons: needs some updated equipment, and a lot of restoration left to do, porta potty

This is a unique functional boat! My model is the shoal draft keel with daggerboard. I have three headsails a 110, 130, 170 and also a nice drifter reacher. I replaced the vhf and bilge pump. I was supprised to find out the ancient echolarm depth sounder still works! I really like the simplicity of it.

I usually go out for evening sails of about 4 hours or so. The cockpit is large and fits 4 adults comfortably, but that weight plus my 9.8 Nissan O.B. seems to push the stern past the waterline and up to my bilgepump outlet (this is a little scary.) You have to watch the placement of crew and supplies to balance the boat, but with the weight strategicaly placed I think it actually improves the sailing characteristics.

Overall, I rate the boat's performance a 6. I think with a new mainsail and modern hardwear improvements the boat might sail better. The boat sails best when on a close to broad reach. It's a little tippy in a breeze, but added crew solves this and alows for more sail area.

I am satisfied with the seaworthyness. The boat seems solid. I'm comfortable taking her out in 4-5 foot waves. I have yet to test it in worse weather. It pounds a bit in rough seas. This is due to the wide beam, hull design and light displacement of 3,600 lbs.

What the boat lacks in performance it makes up in accomodations. The layout of the cabin is modeled after larger boats and is roomy thanks to the wide beam. I have added new interior cusions that make it look nice. I use the quarter birth for storage. There's also a lot of other storage behind and under the cabin seats. I need to fix up the water system, some rotted wood and re-bed all the deck hardwear and windows to stop leaks. But even with these problems it is comfortable and functions well. I think it is suits a family of 3, or 3-4 adults on a cruise.

Overall I think the Neptune 24 is a good boat and is worth fixing up. Right now I just enjoying sailing it. I plan on weekend cruising soon and look forward to sailing it all the time. I would like any tips or advice other N24 owners can give me. Specificaly with the restoration or improvements.
If you have the chance to buy a Neptune 24 I would highly consider it.

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