Early British entry in the glass sweepstakes

Hurley 1962

18' 6" 20' 9" 18' 4" 2' 4" 25' 0"

outboard 2 to 4 hp 44%

Wells Yachts (importer)

1962-1973

portable portable

2,600 lbs.

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

18' 6" 20' 9" 18' 4" 2' 4" 25' 0"

outboard 2 to 4 hp 44%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage: Approx. trailering wgt.:

Wells Yachts (importer)

1962-1973

portable portable

2,600 lbs.

Built by Hurley Marine and later by Russell Marine in Essex, England, and imported by Wells Yachts starting in the early 1960s, the Vivacity 20 was a popular early fiberglass micro-cruiser. Like her predecessor, the Alacrity 19 (page 19), she features twin bilge keels and a low profile doghouse. About 600 Alacritys and Vivacitys were imported into the United States, and over 1,200 Vivacitys were sold in total throughout the world. The boat was available as a kit, so there are numerous variations in finish and details. Note: based on measurement of the boat's drawings, it appears that this boat's marketers used hull length (20' 0") rather than LOD

(18' 6") to describe length. That's why we designate this boat as a "19" rather than a "20." It should also be noted that apart from six inches more on the waterline and 350 pounds more ballast, the Vivacity is thought by many to be almost indistinguishable from the Alacrity. Best features: About the best we can say for the Vivacity is that, like her near-sister Alacrity, she's a nice boat for her vintage, but her generally more up-to-date comps are better. Worst features: With her shallow twin keels—of iron, which rusts—each weighing a mere 240 pounds, she is probably less weatherly, more tender, and slower in light air than the comps shown below.

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

Gloucester 19

19' 3"

7' 6"

1' 0"

1,600

550

Cape Dory Typhoon 18

18' 6"

6' 6"

2' 7"

1,750

900

Quickstep 19

19' 4"

7' 9"

2' 2"

1,800

750

Vivacity 20 (19)

18' 6"

7' 0"

2' 4"

1,800

785

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

20.3

159

NA

5.4

9.7

241

2

3' 8"

17.6

290

306

5.0

15.0

176

2 or 4

3' 11"

18.3

164

NA

5.5

10.2

236

2

3' 8"

18.9

127

288

5.6

10.6

215

4

3' 0"

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