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The Racing Fleet

Westerly GK24 - Ghost Rider

The Westerly GK24 was a radical departure from Westerly Marine's traditional line of solid cruisers. Designed by Laurent Giles, the prototype, "Ebblake IV" was an out and out IOR Quarter Ton Cup racing yacht built in cold-moulded mahogany, which was very successful over a two year period. From this design, and with the experience gained over the two years racing, the GK24 was launched in 1974, as a club racer, with a choice of two rigs (masthead or fractional) and three levels of internal fit-out (ranging from stripped-out racer to fully fitted cruiser). Production continued until 1981. Engines fitted included Vire 6 petrol inboards, Petter Mini 6 diesel inboards, and outboards. Many will by now have been re-engined, particularly those with petrol inboards.

The GK24 is a fast flush-decked production cruiser/racer developed from a successful Quarter Ton Cup racing yacht. Although headroom is limited, the wide beam gives useful overnight accommodation for her size.

Westerly GK24 Stats

Builder:  Westerly Marine, Hampshire

Length: OA 24' 0"

Sail Area: 334 sq ft

Length: WL 21' 2"

Rig: Fractional or masthead sloop options

Beam: 9' 4"

Cabins: 2

Draught: 4' 11" deep or 4' 1" shallow keel

Berths 4

Displacement: 4,000 lbs

Engine type: inboard petrol, inboard diesel or outboard

Ballast: 1,400 lbs

Engine bhp: usually 6hp

Keel type: Fin and transom-hung rudder

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