Lapworth with a raised deck

Foot Lapworth

24' 0" 24' 0" 20' 0" 4' 0" 33' 6"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 53%

C. William Lapworth Continental Plastics 1958?-1966? 263 sq. ft. portable 10 gal.

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

24' 0" 24' 0" 20' 0" 4' 0" 33' 6"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 53%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

C. William Lapworth Continental Plastics 1958?-1966? 263 sq. ft. portable 10 gal.

Approx. trailering wgt.: 5,700 lbs.

Somewhere around 1958 yacht designer William Lapworth drew two boats for the Continental Plastics Corporation of Costa Mesa, CA: the Lapworth 24 (or L24) and the Gladiator 24. The L24 (page 296) featured a longish trunk cabin and the Gladiator had a raised deck; otherwise both vessels looked very similar, with hulls of the same overall dimensions and exactly, or very nearly exactly, the same shape. Both were good on the race course, at least in heavy air, and with their relatively long and deep keels were weatherly and seaworthy. Both boats drew raves from California sailors. Best features:

For her day—remember, fiberglass boats were being designed and built for the first time in the late 1950s—the Gladiator was right at the forefront of technology. Worst features: The keel, based on traditional 1950s knowledge of what worked on a sailboat, had a bit too much wetted surface to attain spectacular speeds, especially in light air. Lapworth figured out that a boat with a fin keel with a lot less wetted surface and somewhat less ballast would be better than the Gladiator or L24 as an all-round racing-cruising boat. The result was the Cal 24-2 (page 279).

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Cal 24-2

24' 0"

7' 9"

4' 0"

3,700

1,400

18.3

235

228

5.9

18.0

327

4

4' 0"

Lapworth 24

24' 0"

7' 9"

4' 0"

3,850

2,050

19.1

215

249

6.0

19.0

378

4

5' 0"

Gladiator 24

24' 0"

7' 6"

4' 0"

3,850

2,050

17.1

215

249

6.0

19.0

359

4

4' 9"

Seafarer 24K (23)

22' 10"

7' 10"

3' 9"

3,910

1,400

16.6

195

240

6.1

17.8

372

5

4' 9"

Seafarer 24C (23)

22' 10"

7' 10"

1' 9"

3,920

1,407

16.5

196

243

6.1

17.3

372

5

4' 9"

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