Review of Hurley 22

Hurley 22
Hurley 22 anno 1974.

Basic specs.

sail specifications
The Hurley 22 is a small sailboat designed by the British maritime architect Ian L. Anderson in the mid sixties.

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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.

Interior of Hurley 22 anno 1974.
The interior is like most other boats made of teak.
The boat is equipped with 4 berths, a galley and toilet facility.
The headroom is below average

Cockpit of Hurley 22 anno 1974.
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 22 anno 1974.


An outboard motor is often used on this boat. In that case the boat will typically require a power of 4 - 5 hp, alternatively 78 - 94 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 22 is 1.87, indicating that this boat could - if evaluated by this formula alone - 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 5.5 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 22 is about 77 kg/cm, alternatively 435 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 77 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternatively, if you load 435 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 22 is 22.7.

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 22 is 3.00.

Wide Slim 69% 0 50 100
Compared with other similar sailboats it is slimmer than 69% 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 22 is 354 which categorizes this boat among 'heavy cruisers'.

Heavy Light 2% 0 50 100
2% 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.

RSP (Relative Speed Performance)

What is Relative Speed Performance?

The Relative Speed Performance for Hurley 22 is 12

Slow Fast 12% 0 50 100
The relative speed performance is 12 which means that a it is faster than 12% of all similar sailboat designs.



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
Jib sheet 6.7 m(22.0 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Genoa sheet6.7 m(22.0 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Mainsheet 16.8 m(55.0 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)
Spinnaker sheet14.8 m(48.4 feet)10 mm(3/8 inch)

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