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Achilles 24 

Brief Details


Butler Mouldings, Swansea

Designed by Oliver Lee as a cruising variant of his Ajax racing keelboat in 1971, they are a fairly fast and very seaworthy small cruiser, with simple accommodation for two (or four at a pinch). 

Length OA

23' 9"

Sail Area

265 sq ft main and genoa

Length WL

19' 6"




7' 1"




3' 9" fin or 3' 3" triple keel




2,600 lbs fin keel version

Engine type

usually outboard, but some had Vire petrol inboards as an option


1,314 lbs fin, 1,340 lbs total in triple keel version

Engine bhp

normally 4 - 8

Keel type

Fin & skeg, with option of a shallower fin keel and small bilge keels to allow drying out

Achilles 24

The Achilles 24 was designed in 1968 by Oliver Lee, and between then and 1985 about 600 were built by Butler Mouldings of Gowerton, near Swansea in Wales. As was the case with many British yacht buiolders at the time, boats were sold both as completed boats and as kits for home completion.

Two versions were built, the fin-keel, with draught of 3' 9" and the triple keel version, with six inches shallower draught but slightly higher ballast weight. Whilst the fin-keel versions are definitely faster, the triple keel versions are not that much slower, and have the major advantage of being able to dry out upright, allowing mooring on cheaper drying moorings if required.

As would be expected in a yacht derived from a racing keelboat, and with a better than 50% ballast ratio, performance is good. They are popular club racers, and in their early days achieved a remarkable record in long-distance sailing, including one being the smallest boat to complete the 1976 OSTAR singlehanded transatlantic race, fitted out from a kit in preparation for the race and sailed by Rodney Kendall. This particular boat carried on to New Zealand!

More details of the Achilles 24 and other Achilles models are at www.achillesyachts.co.uk

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The saloon has two settee berths, and a small single-burner cooker to starboard and a basin to port.  The forecabin is separated by a part bulkhead, with a drop-down curtain, and contains a vee-berth/small double, with a chemical toilet under the removable berth section.

The boat shown here is a factory-fitted boat, with some modifications to trim over the years. Quite a number of boats were home-completed, so standards of finish may vary

The cooker and sink are on opposite sides of the saloon, by the forward bulkhead

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