Shad Turner lightweight cruiser

Long Sailboat Plan

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

24' 0" 25' 0" 21' 5" 1' 3"/6' 4" 32' 0"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 25%

Designer: Builder:

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

Shad Turner Laguna Yachts 1974-1983 222 sq. ft. portable portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 3,600 lbs.

Shad Turner, who in the 1970s and 1980s also designed sailboats for W. D. Schock and Lancer, drew a whole series of boats for Laguna Yachts, including various Windroses, Lagunas, and Balboas. The result was usually, as in this case, a lightweight cruiser, not especially fast or stable, but designed for trailering and easy beaching for a picnic. Best features: Like her comps, the Windrose 24 has a modestly sized sailplan, in keeping with her low (25%) ballast-to-displacement ratio and swing keel of only 600 pounds.

She has a poptop, which the builder claimed in brochures gives 6' 2" headroom, but at least one owner measured and got 5' 10". Ah well, either is better than the 4' 4" stooping headroom without the poptop. Worst features: The rudder, which is not retractable when traversing rocky shoals with the board up, is therefore vulnerable to damage. The winch used to raise and lower the 600-pound keel needs frequent maintenance to prevent binding and seizing. Forward V-berth is only big enough for kids.

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

Shark 24

24' 0"

6' 10"

3' 2"

2,200

675

Annapolis Weekender 24

24' 2"

6' 3"

3' 6"

2,300

1,120

Windrose 24

24' 0"

7' 10"

1' 3"

2,400

700

Captiva 24 (23)

23' 5"

8' 2"

2' 0"

2,400

1,000

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

18.0

123

237

6.0

12.1

277

4

4' 0"

20.0

176

276

5.7

15.5

236

4

4' 2"

19.8

95

252

6.3

10.4

356

4

4' 4"

23.0

124

213

6.1

10.3

400

5

5' 7"

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