Review of Hurley 18

Hurley 18
Hurley 18.

Basic specs.

sail specifications
The Hurley 18 is a sailboat designed by the British maritime architect Ian L. Anderson in the early sixties. Several hundred boats have been produced. The Hurley 18 is built by the British yard Hurley Marine Ltd. (UK).

Looking for a new boat? Find a Hurley 18 or similar boat for sale

The hull is made of fibreglass. Generally, a hull made of fibreglass requires only a minimum of maintenance during the sailing season. And outside the sailing season, just bottom cleaning and perhaps anti-fouling painting once a year - a few hours of work, that's all.

The interior is like many other boats made of mahogany.
The boat is equipped with 3 berths, a galley and toilet facility.
The headroom is below average

The boat equipped with a masthead rig. The advantage of a masthead rig is its simplicity and the fact that a given sail area - compared with a fractional rig - can be carried lower and thus with less heeling moment.

Keel of Hurley 18. Hurley 18 in Hawai´i. Needs some love!


An outboard motor is often used on this boat. In that case the boat will typically require a power of 2 - 3 hp, alternatively 47 - 57 lbs thrust if you prefer an electrical motor. Electric outboards are becoming popular for sailboat owners who want clean instant power with less noise and no exhaust fumes.

Sailing characteristics

This section covers widely used rules of thumb to describe the sailing characteristics. Please note that even though the calculations are correct, the interpretation of the results might not be valid for extreme boats.

Stability and Safety

What is Capsize Screening Formula (CSF)?

The capsize screening value for Hurley 18 is 2.00, indicating that this boat would not be accepted to participate in ocean races.

Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed

What is Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed?

The theoretical maximal speed of a displacement boat of this length is 5.1 knots. The term "Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed" is widely used even though a boat can sail faster. The term shall be interpreted as above the theoretical speed a great additional power is necessary for a small gain in speed.

Immersion rate

The immersion rate is defined as the weight required to sink the boat a certain level. The immersion rate for Hurley 18 is about 60 kg/cm, alternatively 336 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 60 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternatively, if you load 336 lbs cargo on the boat it will sink 1 inch.

Sailing statistics

This section is statistical comparison with similar boats of the same category. The basis of the following statistical computations is our unique database with more than 26,000 different boat types and 350,000 data points.

Motion Comfort Ratio

What is Motion Comfort Ratio (MCR)?

The Motion Comfort Ratio for Hurley 18 is 18.4.

Low High 96% 0 50 100
Comparing this ratio with similar sailboats show that it is more comfortable than 96% of all similar sailboat designs. This is a comfort value significantly above average.

L/B (Length Beam Ratio)

What is L/B (Length Beam Ratio)?

The l/b ratio for Hurley 18 is 2.78.

Wide Slim 66% 0 50 100
Compared with other similar sailboats it is slimmer than 66% of all other designs. It seems that the designer has chosen a slightly more speedy hull design.

D/L (Displacement Length Ratio)

What is Displacement Length Ratio?

The DL-ratio for Hurley 18 is 345 which categorizes this boat among 'heavy cruisers'.

Heavy Light 1% 0 50 100
1% of all similar sailboat designs are categorized as heavier. A heavy displacement combined with smaller water plane area has lower acceleration and is more comfortable.

SA/D (Sail Area Displacement ratio)

What is SA/D (Sail Area Displacement ratio)?

The SA/D for Hurley 18 with ISO 8666 reference sail is 14.9, with a 135% genua the SA/D is 17.2.

Low High 18% 0 50 100
The SA/D ratio indicates that it is faster than 18% of all similar sailboat designs in light wind.

RSP (Relative Speed Performance)

What is Relative Speed Performance?

The Relative Speed Performance for Hurley 18 is 8

Slow Fast 8% 0 50 100
The relative speed performance is 8 which means that a it is faster than 8% of all similar sailboat designs.



Dimensions of sail for masthead rig.

mainsail specifications genoa specifications spinnaker specifications

Are your sails worn out? You might find your next sail here: Sails for Sale

If you need to renew parts of your running rig and is not quite sure of the dimensions, you may find the estimates computed below useful.

Guiding dimensions of running rig
Mainsail halyard 17.8 m(58.4 feet)6 mm(1/4 inch)
Jib/genoa halyard17.8 m(58.4 feet)6 mm(1/4 inch)
Spinnaker halyard17.8 m(58.4 feet)6 mm(1/4 inch)
Jib sheet 5.7 m(18.5 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Genoa sheet5.7 m(18.5 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Mainsheet 14.1 m(46.3 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Spinnaker sheet12.4 m(40.8 feet)8 mm(5/16 inch)
Cunningham2.6 m(8.5 feet)6 mm(1/4 inch)
Kickingstrap5.2 m(17.1 feet)6 mm(1/4 inch)
Clew-outhaul5.2 m(17.1 feet)6 mm(1/4 inch)

Boat owner's ideas

This section shown boat owner's changes, improvements, etc. Here you might find inspiration for your boat.

Do you have changes/improvements you would like to share? Upload a photo and describe what to look for.


We are always looking for new photos. If you can contribute with photos for Hurley 18 it would be a great help.

If you have any comments to the review, improvement suggestions, or the like, feel free to contact us. Criticism helps us to improve.