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Review Date: Thu October 1, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


The Seafarer 24 is a sloop rig, with main, working jib, genoa and spinnaker. It features a fin keel with a 4 foot draft and skeg mounted rudder. The cockpit is comfortable for three, as well as below deck accomidations with v-berth, quarterberth, and sette. It also has a sink w/ adequate water tank, porti-potti, and more than ample storage. She moves well in light winds, and is fast under most conditions. In heavy winds there's more weather helm than desired, but it's also stable in heavy winds. It's good for weekend criusing, but beyond that with more than two people, you may desire a boat with a bit more beam. I am very satisfied with the boat and highly recommend it.
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Registered: August 2001
Posts: 6
Review Date: Wed August 8, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $3,000.00 | Rating: 0 

Pros: Classic plastic, tracks like a train
Cons: Slow by today's standards, boxy cabin profile

The is a review of the Meridian class sloop designed by Phil Rhodes and built for Seafarer by DeVries Lentsch in Amsterdam. Best balanced helm of any boat I've ever owned. You can literally leave the tiller untended and steer the boat by adjusting sail trim. And look Ma, no wake! Beautiful Rhodes sheerline, but long overhang pounds in a chop. Solid bronze deck hardware should last forever. Overbuilt solid-glass hull, but watch for deck delamination, especially around the chainplates, and gelcoat voids. After 20 years' continuous immersion in fresh water, my boat was heavily blistered when I bought her. Exterior mahogany used for hatches, coamings and cockpit seats was shot. But what a beauty after restoration. Spartan interior. All in all, though, a great little boat for very little money.
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Registered: October 2006
Location: Frederick, MD
Review Date: Sun October 22, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $1,200.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Standing Headroom, Fast and easy sailing
Cons: Short Bunks, the look of the futura cabin, a few blisters

A review like this is a little tough. How would I rate this boat? Overall I like it; but it has some flaws which really bug me. For the price I paid it is outstanding. For offshore sailing, probably less so. So, I'll just go through what I like and what I don't like about my particular boat and some of the changes I have planned so that it will suit me a little better. Be warned: I am long winded.

She is about 24' long and draws somewhat less than 4'. My boat has the Futura cabin, which I guess back in the early seventies was supposed to be futuristic and stylish. It slopes fairly significantly from the aft part of the cabin, which provides standing headroom, to just behind the v-berth, where you have to stoop a bit. It makes it pretty easy to walk around inside the cabin; but I'm not real fond of the look it presents from outside. It might be just me, though, as I've heard lots of "pretty boat" comments even though she is in desperate need of a serious scrubbing, paint and wood trim care. One thing (besides the look) I really don't like about the futura deck is that it doesn't really give any structure to lean against while working on the foredeck. No worse than a flush decked boat, I guess, but I sometimes wish I had a boxy old cabin to sit on. A standard house was also offered, I understand, but I don't think it provides the standing headroom (oh, the compromises!).

The interior initially looked to me like a perfect layout. And maybe it would be if the boat was a foot or two longer and a little wider. Coming below you find a U-shaped dinette on the port side. But unless you are a small child, don't plan on sitting on the middle part of the U under the side deck. There isn't enough headroom and you will be uncomfortably leaning forward. If you have small children this is nice; but otherwise the other option with a wider table with seats at the fore and aft end would probably be better. I'm planning on changing mine to this style for next summer. The table does drop and with a cushion on top becomes a narrow double and the most comfortable berth in the boat. Because of the way the dinette is shaped, the outside part of this double is a little short for a person pushing close to 6', but closer to the center-line it is long enough to be comfortable. Below the fore and aft dinette seats are fairly large lockers that would benefit greatly from some dividers (planned for next summer as well).

On the starboard side there is a quarter berth that looks like it would be reasonably spacious and comfortable. I don't have cushions for mine yet, so I haven't tried it out. If used in a seaway it would be necessary to fabricate some kind of lee board or cloth as under the cockpit is a voluminous space that could (but in my case, doesn't) hold an engine. This is a great area to hold extra equipment, tools, etc in those big Rubbermaid containers. Once I get things setup the way I like, I will probably keep my inflatable dinghy there.

A small galley lives forward of the quarter berth. It has a small sink and an area for a one (or maybe two) burner stove and enough extra counter-space to hold a fork or two. A board over the sink drastically improves prep space; but then you can't use the sink (same thing for the stove). A folding extension that opens up over the quarter-berth would be a nice addition and really make the galley useful (on my list). There is a little cubby hole right behind the galley counter; but I find it hard to use. The side-deck is also right over the galley and I've been a little nervous about cooking with the stove less than 18" under it. No problems yet, though. There is adequate storage under the galley; but I wish there was an extra drawer or two to help keep things organized (that mod is probably several years in the future, should I keep the boat long enough to redo the entire galley).

Forward of the galley is a hanging locker to starboard and a semi-enclosed head to port. I don't understand the point of a hanging locker on such a small boat and plan to eventually install a bunch of shelves in this space. The head originally came with a direct overboard discharge MSD, but in my case now holds a porta-potty plumbed for deck pumpout. It's not very comfortable to use; but I don't plan on spending a whole lot of time on the pot, so I guess that is OK. Still a little further forward is the v-berth. I think the specs say that this berth is 6'-4" long, but I get jammed in there pretty well with my 5' 10" body so I have to wonder. It is also quite narrow at the far forward part of this berth (after all, the boat comes to a point up there). I'd be much happier if this was maybe 6-8" longer. And if there was a little more separation from the portapotti, which sometimes stinks enough to make sleeping a nauseous experience. This would work well for smaller adults or children, I suspect. A reasonably sized water tank lives under this berth and there is a fair amount of somewhat hard to get at storage. In the very bow lives a small anchor rode locker.

Cabin lights consist of four incandescent lamps: two in the forpeak, one over the forward part of the dinette, and one at the forward part of the galley. Installing a couple of fluorescent or a bunch of LED lights is high on my agenda as things get rather dark in the cabin at night.

Ventilation is provided by two Dorade boxes, one opening port above the head (this may not be standard), and a main-hatch which doesn't completely keep out wind, rain, and biting insects. Two big fixed plastic windows exist in the main part of the cabin for light and a nice view. Mine leak. I hope to fix that soon.

My only other comment about the interior is that the hull liner makes it very difficult to get to the hull. It also does not put the available space to the best use with gobs of potential lockers being sealed off. For long term cruising a lot of space could be opened up for stowage. Of course, I have no idea what filling all the new found space with stores would do to the waterline or performance.

Above deck it suddenly becomes apparent that this is a sailboat as it has a big stick in the middle. This is a sloop with single spreaders and a single backstay. It is probably unlikely that anyone will find original sails on a similar vintage Seafarer, so I'm not sure I can really comment on them. The previous owner of my boat suspects that I may have a longer boom than original. I can't say; but I do know I have to be careful when gybing or the boom will clip the backstay.

I only have two sails, a main with one set of reef points, and a 100% (or there-a-bouts) working jib. A 150% jib and a spinnaker where options from the factory; but I guess I didn't get so lucky. Not that it seems to matter. With full sails up the boat sails quite fast in anything above 10 knots or so of wind. At 15 knots hull speed is common and things are exciting. At 20 knots I have a reef in the main. Above 20 knots things get interesting. To reduce sail I would need to drop either the main or jib. This works fine downwind; but it becomes just about impossible to make much distance to weather this way. Keep both sails up and it is possible to move windward; but it gets very wet and very uncomfortable. Approaching 30 knots of wind this boat ain't going to weather no way, no how. Not without changing the sails somehow. This winter I'm sending my main to sailcare and I'm going to have them put in an extra set of reef points; which I think will really help. I think I'm going to trade my old jib in for a rollerfurling jib of maybe 115-120% or so, which should give me a little more horsepower in light breezes and still let me reef down to 80-85% without losing too much shape. I'm hoping that this will give me more flexibility without requiring me to increase my sail inventory. Given that I mostly singlehand, this will also provide an extra level of safety. I will probably need to install some kind of genoa track, though, as right now the jibsheets are fed through a stationary fairleed.

Speaking of safety, my boat has a single set of lifelines at just the right height to grab me at the knees. If I crawl on deck I feel I'm too far below the lifelines for the best safety. If I'm standing they seem to be at just the right height to overbalance me and send me overboard if I back into them. It hasn't happened yet (I do try to be careful) but it seems like it would be better if they where a few inches higher with a second, lower lifeline installed. My bow pulpit is not very secure; but that is a result of damage from a hurricane a few years ago that wasn't properly fixed (definitely on the schedule for this year). There is no stern pulpit (pushpit?), with the lifelines going down to padeyes at the very back of the sidedeck. If I where planning any offshore trips, I would seriously think about installing a pushpit. It would give me a nice place to put a solar panel as well (with an outboard, charging the batteries away from dock is an issue).

The cockpit is a comfortable size for two or three adults and is long enough to sleep on the seats, if desired. Under the port side seat is a very large locker that could probably benefit from being subdivided. On the starboard side is a secure place to keep a 6 gallon fuel tank. It is also designed to keep a small battery here; but in my case I keep the battery in the voluminous space under the cockpit where the motor isn't, and use the little molded in battery tray as a place to keep an extra one gallon can of gas. The boat is tiller steered. There is no traveler, with the mainsheet running to a padeye offset slightly from the backstay. I also don't have a boomvang; which would be nice. There are two winches to trim the jibsheets; but at least with my working jib I find that the winch handles really aren't necessary. They are small, old fashioned winches that don't self tail. They work fine, though. There is also one on the mast to raise the main which is completely useless to me at the moment because the wire in the rope to wire halyard seems to have stretched and it reaches the winch before I am ready to winch up the last few inches. I'll replace that with an all rope halyard the next time I drop the mast.

When it comes to sailing, the Seafarer 24 is a joy. It doesn't take all that much wind to get her going (I've only a few times missed not having that 150% genoa) and I've spent quite a lot of time up near hull speed. And that is with some less than ideal sails. It is always fun to catch up to and pass a somewhat larger boat flying more sail. Is it the boat? Or the skipper? Who cares! While she does move right along, the Seafarer 24 also tracks rather straight. Except for dead downwind, as long as the sails are reasonably balanced I can leave the helm for periods as long as several minutes without changing course (not bad for a fin keel). Of course, as a single hander that doesn't allow much hope of the boat stopping if I go for an unexpected swim. Dead downwind, by the way, is probably the least comfortable point of sail in this boat (worse that close hauled). It is much more pleasant to head up a few degrees even if that means tacking (or, more likely, gybing) down the rhumbline.

Would I take my Seafarer 24 offshore? Sure. But not without doing some upgrades. Redoing the sails would be number one. Fixing the lifelines number two. Of course a thorough inspection of all the rigging. And if I'm planning on sailing off shore overnight, some kind of lee board for the quarterberth (and cushions, of course). I should probably lock the battery down better and figure out someway to cook while underway (the stove is not gimbaled). Jacklines and a harness would make my life insurance company breath easier.

If I was planning on EXTENDED offshore sailing I think I would want to upgrade the standing rigging. The lockers could use better hatches with positive latches (right now I can't "lock" my "lockers". And I would seriously consider gaining access to the forward part of the hull and adding another layer or two of glass or maybe even Kevlar (for some added puncture resistance) and some stringers. And if I where going to that much trouble I might work out some sort of crash bulkhead, too. Man, I don't even want to think of how much work this would entail! Fortunately a trip around the Horn doesn't figure into my immediate plans.

Would I buy a Seafarer 24 again? Maybe. I do like this boat (even though it needs lots of work). But I suspect there are others models out there that would better meet my needs. Not better enough (at least at this time) to justify trading in, though. I should mention that when I last hauled I did find a few blisters. Not enough to concern me to much, though.
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Registered: November 2011
Location: NJ
Review Date: Tue November 1, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $7,500.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Very fast bay boat/day sailer. Well balanced.
Cons: Not the best quality construction. Better ports. But hull is sound.

I bought my first boat ever in Huntington LI. NY.
24ft Seafarer, keel, factory built. She was delivered to me in Sept 1972. Sailed her for 13 years on Barnegat Bay, NJ. I loved that boat. The only boat that could point closer was a Hunter 25 at the time.
She was well balanced, I could strap the tiller and steer with the sails for miles up and down the bay. I had the u-settee version. Lower the table and you had an almost queen size berth in the main cabin. I made only a few small changes, Lewmar winches, sort of an automatic mainsheet traveler which adjusted the main sail shape with the wind strength, very simple. Been off shore a couple of times in perfect conditions. Sailed through Barnegat Inlet twice, no power.
No regrets about this Seafarer 24.
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