Challenger 7.4


L.O.A.: 24' 4" (7.4 m)
L.W.L.: 20' 2" (6.15 m)
Beam: 8' 2" (2.49 m)
Draft: 3' 5" (1.04 m)

Displacement: 4000 lbs. (1814 kg.)
Ballast: 2090 lbs. (948 kg.)
Sail area: 230 sq. ft. (21.37 m²)

Motor: outboard (8 to 9.9 hp).
Headroom: standing
Berths: 4
Rating  (PHRF-LO) : 243

Price range: $5,000 to $7,000

    This boat was originally known as the Challenger 24, and later renamed the 7.4 (and was sometimes referred to as the Challenger 23 or 7.5). It is one of those sailboats which attempts to provide full standing headroom in the cabin for the least possible money. It may not be the best built, or nicest looking, or the fastest sailboat around, but it's probably one of the least expensive model that can be found on the used market with standing headroom (another would be the rather odd-looking Wegu 23, or the Georgian 23 with its boxy-looking cabin). The interior of the Challenger 24 has a V-berth, a semi-private head, a small dinette/berth, and quarter berth and galley counter. The foredeck of this boat has a noticeable arch as it appears that it is stiffened with a convex construction technique (as opposed to the use of a wooden core).

    by Michael McGoldrick.
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