The Q24 Fleet

Q24 Page 4

There are many beautiful Q24s sailing about, so it’s only right and proper that we have a page devoted to them.  So here we are!   If you own a 24, you’re welcome to post.  I’m happy to add pictures, too.  To post a new comment, you’ll have to scroll to the very bottom of this page- all the way down.  I’ve managed to change the formatting to display just the newest comments first, so scrolling down is no longer so tedious.  All of the older comments are still here though.  Just follow the link at the bottom of this page.




  1. Hi: Question for the fleet, and those using the lighter outboards (like the Sailmaster 6 hp). Is it possible to raise Outboards out of the lazarette after every sail, or is that a foolish thought? Leaving motors in the water to befoul worries me. Thanks all.

    1. I customized the stern of my Quickstep 24, cutting a slot up the stern to allow tilting the motor to get it out of the water both at anchor and while underway.

      1. Nice. Thanks for the response. Any photos? Did you do that work yourself, or was it done professionally? Is it as simple a job as it sounds, or does it require major re-glassing and so forth.

        1. No, I did not do the work, but had bought the boat and was restoring the hull and getting an awl grip paint job so I had the boatyard cut, reglass, and paint the stern. I recall it’s hard to post photos in this forum but feel free to email me at Wrapping up the season off the South shore of Cape Cod with three days of 10-15+ knots of post storm North winds which provides lake like seas, super fun on the Q24. Cheers Justin

          1. Justin, Can you share what it cost to,Awlgrip your Quickstep 24? I am looking to,do,the same. Thanks,

          2. I think the awl grip was around $7 or $8K but hard to say exactly as the boat yard, Journeys End, in Rockland Maine did a lot of other work as part of the restoration of the boat

  2. Can someone share the sailing characteristics of the Q24? Weather helm, stiffness, pointing ability, best wind and sea conditions etc…. Much appreciated.

    1. I owned a Quickstep 24 for 5 years and can say it was one of the most forgiving, well mannered boats I have ever owned. It very seldom rounded up, pointed well especially after we upgraded to a new Main and 130 Genoa. Under 100 pct jib she was slow to tack but the 130 improved things greatly. We seldom reefed nor felt the need to. She had a very seakindly nature and was very gentle and predictable in her movement.
      Overall a very well designed and built boat. Ours was a Dyer built.

    2. I have had my 1988 Forever Young for about 5 years. We sail her in Nantucket Sound out of Harwichport. It is generally windy and often lumpy and it is a very well balanced helm and boat with a smooth riding hull and plenty of ballast to keep her more level in such conditions. She is not necessarily the highest pointing boat, but sails well on all points of sail. The shallow draft is also helpful in my region. Good luck

    3. I agree with everyone else. The Q24’s greatest asset is that really does not have any vices. Under most conditions the helm is perfectly balanced with just a wee bit of a weather helm. She’ll self sail with a simple tiller tamer shock cord. If I had to choose the Q24’s greatest strength it’s that it’s well behaved when things get snotty . At first I had trouble heaving too but found that furling the 135 to about 100% did the trick. She’ll creep forward at about 2-3kts in an 18-22kt wind. In a real blow she’ll do well with a double reefed main and just a small patch of headsail. Also the keel hung rudder provides good tracking in a following sea. Aside from performance there were many other features that attracted me to the Q24, aesthetics for one and a spacious deep cockpit. Truly comfortable for 4.

  3. What is a fair price range to pay for a nice Q 24 with trailer? I’m happy to pay fair market value but not much more. Can you comment on the quality of these boats? Are they exceptional?
    thank you,
    Jim Schultz

    1. Quality of Q’ above average, generally higher end of spectrum where hatches, rigging, winches, spars etc are concerned. In my opinion they all are built about the same once you get into the 1980’s boats. Some say the few said to be built by Shannon are the best. I’ve never seen one so can’t say. Ryder, Anchorage/Dyer, Quickstep, etc. all very much alike.
      Boats with trailers are probably only 10% of the total. They sell trailers separately.
      Price/nice//condition/age/equipment/engine etc. There it gets complicated.
      They’re beautiful boats. Nobody’s making anything close for less than 100k.
      People with good ones shouldn’t let them go for less than 14k. Real good ones..more.
      As with any boat…look at a real good one before you spend on one that really isn’t. You will know a good one, its more than shiny varnish. A good one exudes class.
      Is the deck fresh, nonskid too..not just painted over. Equipment current, Sails fresh, Roller furling, interior clean and unstained, cushions still firm and clean.
      Is the teak maintained? Is the teak uncracked, not over sanded. Is the O/B mount in good shape? The rudder secure in its aperture. Is the gelcoat prope and, largely uncrazed? And the beat goes on and on.
      Where is it located in relation to your location. Transport not cheap.
      Does the owner have the proper free and clear paperwork for transfer? I dig for that FIRST before even considering traveling.

      Hope this helps somewhat.

  4. Does anyone use a rigging tension gauge for the Q24? If so, what are the specs? If not, how do you go about it. Plenty of YouTube advice, but asking owners of Q24’s who do it.
    Eric, “Sprig” on Cayuga Lake, Ithaca, NY

    1. I have a couple of LOOS rigging tension gauges for the Q24. I needed two because the back stay and the shrouds use different wire sizes. I set the back stay tension at 532 lbs, the upper shroud tension at 500 lbs and the lower shrouds at 350 lbs.
      I got the numbers from a generic sailboat rigging tension calculation put out by Selden Mast. I don’t think that recommended tensions were published for the Q24..

  5. I removed a damaged Genoa T-track from my Quickstep 24 yesterday and I’m wondering how to install the new track. I have a 4 foot length of Schaeffer 1 inch T-track that has to be bent to fit the toe-rail and then screwed in place . Anyone done this?

    1. Track FLEXES easily. Use existing bolt holes, snug up two adjacent ones, middle or end, and use the track lever to FLEX in it bolting as you go. Just go easy and don’t let it bend in a kink or take a set… then you’re screwed.

    1. William. With that little toy 2 bladed prop on the Torqueedo “Travel” 3hp motor you mention in the scuttlebutt section, I know I’d be up on the rip rap in short order and could forget about backing down. That motor is rated for a max of 1.5 tons and a Q24 exceeds that by 1000 lbs easily when equipped not considering spar and topside windage or keel resistance. And 3000 bucks? I can wait.

    2. See this link from Frank Messina, who sailed his Cape Dory 26 in Long Island Sound. The video at the end of the piece shows that his Torqueedo will move a boat with a displacement 1300# greater than a Q 24. Obviously, this depends on conditions, and in a location with strong currents it would not fare as well. I believe that Frank was known for rarely, if ever, using his engine. Sadly, he passed away recently.

      Second link is to a gentleman who powers his Ty Senior (Disp 700# less than Q 24) with the same Torqueedo, using a remote throttle:

      At the moment I have neither boat nor engine, but am looking to get both to sail on Lake Norman, west of Charlotte, NC. The Q 24 is a beautiful boat! As there is no current there and I will use the engine only to enter or leave the slip, I am also seriously considering an electric OB.

      1. Did you read what I did? .the guy in the link admits to 1 hour of total motor use. He says the Torqeedo feels fragile. Thinks it needs a $250 bag to keep it in! Says he misses his 20 yo Johnson 2 stroke, He’s been through two 4stroke Mercs since that old 2 stroke died, and that they weigh 150lbs! Best part is that the Torqeedo ….’moves the boat in no wind’
        Bottom line, for tree huggers only not for real world use in saltwater conditions. I dont think my 5 gallons of burned gas annually exceeds the pollution of the toxic lithium dump inside these new devices. Josua Slocum lived in different times.

    1. Jibs becoming unfurled in storms is rather common, and keeps sailmakers busy! When I am expecting strong winds, or plan to be away from the boat for some time, I do two things: 1) I roll out the jib, and re-furl it keeping a fair amount of tension on the fuller to keep the sail wrapped tight. Continue rolling until you have about two full wraps of the sheets around the furled sail. This should help with keeping the sail snuggly wrapped, and undamaged due to flogging. 2) Tie an extra line, or sail tie, around the rolled up sail at about the height where the sheets attach. This will prevent the sail from unfurling should the furling line chafe through. (Extra step) If we are expecting very strong winds, I take an extra halyard, and wrap it round the jib in the opposite direct that the sail is wrapped, and tie or snap the halyard end to the bow pulpit.

        1. Thanks, i did put a sail tie around the jib after Isaias but it wasn’t enough. I guess it’s been windy this year.

          1. John, Capt. obvious here perhaps so forgive me but do you have sufficient wraps of furler line around the drum to bring the jib sheet figure 8 knots snugly to the track pulleys along with the 2 wraps around the furled sail? Also..obviously too you should leave the. .. boat with the furler line tight and cleated so the furler is more or less locked up. Regarding Isiaias, here in the Sandy Hook area, there was a 15 minute period that was truly memorable. Blew big oak trees up, spun em and dropped them wherever. I have the bills to prove it.

  6. I am the latest newbie to this board.
    I am in the process of searching for my first sailboat. I have been a motor boater for the last 30+ years primarily fishing and coastal cruising. The QS24 checks all of my must haves. Cockpit for 4. Overnighting for 2. Very simple/ limited systems. Real keel versus fin or centerboard. Outboard engine. I am willing to pay extra money for a boat that doesn’t look and smell like it was just dragged off the Jersey shore after Hurricane Sandy!

    Being a newbie to sailing I am willing to sacrifice stability for speed. The question for this board is “What are the best and worst sailing characteristics of a QS24?”

    In return for this knowledge I will offer you all some info………
    In my internet search of the QS24 I noticed that in many of the pictures I viewed, the lower units on the outboards are all heavily corroded. Obviously, the inability to raise your motor out of the water will contribute to this. But do yourself the favor of disconnecting your motor from your battery. You are actually accelerating the electrolysis by keeping it connected.

    1. Replacing zinc annually not a bad idea either and checking it mid season helps too.
      No problems for my engine yet. Poorly bonded, plugged in boats in close proximity at my marina are the main problem. You can hear them fizz at the docks.
      Sacrifice stability for speed? Quickstep not your boat.
      I’m gonna leave the N.J. slight alone being a resident.

  7. I just closed a deal to purchase a Quickstep 24. The boat will need to be trucked to its new home. Can anyone who has moved one confirm 1. the weight of the boat, 2. the length of the mast, 3. the height of the boat with the mast down?

  8. Hey guys- have a mid 80’s Q 24- does anyone know where to get the little plastic caps that go inside under the cabin top? The cover the handrail bolts- thanks

    1. Hole Plugs….Amazon among others, Ebay,. Homedepot, Lowes too maybe. Need to know hole diameter and grip range.

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