I make decent speed (5.5-6.5 knots or less in light wind average) with my KR24 but won't pretend it's a very viable racer because you can't take the motor out of the water to race... that costs you about a half knot off the top. That said, I guess racing isn't everything.
A few examples of just having some fun. :-)
Yes, the deck is solid. It's not really heavy because most of the deck is very thin. It's only thick where it needs to be strong. The boat weighs 3150 pounds dry with a 1400 pound keel.
I haven't tried this yet, but I plan to. How about calling Ray Richards to ask about the KR24? Richards, Raymond H, Phone: (949) 642-6592?
I have the original invoice for my boat as well as the factory brochure - but it's all 'chicken-scratched' up with the sail selection drawings of the buyer, or salesman - not sure which.
They are not a very flat bottom boat. That's good and bad. They are about the smoothest rough water boat you will encounter but all that smoothness costs you in speed. I'm not pretending I won't be slower than most boats like a San Juan 24' but I will be safer and I'll have more usable space inside by a margin. I wouldn't pretend it would be as fast as nearly any 28' boat - that would be silly. But neither does the Dana 24' pretend to be fast and I can sail circles around the Dana... and have, since a buddy owns one and I did that as a point to rib him with over a glass of wine and many laughs. They are different boats designed for different purposes.