(The following summary is
based on a 1991 test by D. Greenwell that appeared in PBO No.295, adapted
by L. Milton).
The Tony Castro designed 24
followed the Mullins designed 23, as, perhaps, something to compete with
the Horizon 23; a small cruiser, with arguably, no concessions to racing,
suitable for a young family & yet sailing well. As such, the Castro
design succeeds very well.
There has been some discussion
of late, on the website, as to whether the 24 IS a Tony Castro design.
However all the publicity
of the time attributes the design to Tony Castro.
Whilst construction followed
the norm for the time (isopthalic), down below Jaguar have created a feeling
of space by designing open plan accommodation devoid of any structural bulkheads.
Headroom under the main hatch is a creditable 5’ 9 1/2", diminishing
to 5’ 7" in the forward part of the saloon. Descending the removable
companion way steps, to port is the heads compartment, with thwartships
mounted loo. Forward of this is an L shaped seating arrangement, which also
forms a berth extension for the forward twin berths. The cabin table can
be raised to the coachroof or lowered to form another berth. A neatly arranged
galley is found along the starboard side.
Abaft the galley, & below
the cockpit (except to port, which houses a locker) is the open plan double
berth/stowage area, access to which is eased by removing the companionway
steps. The cockpit has well angled coamings, & sail handling is done
from here as lines are led aft. There is a centrally mounted outboard well.
She has an easily handled
fractional rig with self tacking main(roller furling), & a favourite
of mine, a removable main sheet traveller.
She has considerable "form stability", despite a ballast ratio
of only 34%.
The engine is an outboard of up to 10hp; 6-8 being more common.
The fractional rig allows a good sailing performance, although a ‘chute
would be required for offwind work because of the small foresail.
These boats have a reputation for good easy handling & performance.
Summary by L Milton