24' 1987 Jeanneau Tonic 24

Cruiser Sailboats
Tonic 24
Seller Type
Private Party
24' 1987 Jeanneau Tonic 24  - Cruiser Sailboat
US GA, Dawsonville, 30534
Boat Description
Owner Wants OffersFrom Sailboatdata.com"Hull Type: Fin Keel Rig Type: Fractional Sloop Loa: 23.67 / 7.21m Lwl: 20.58 / 6.27m Beam: 8.17 / 2.49m Listed Sa: 248 ft2 / 23.04 m2 Draft (max.) 3.58 / 1.09m Draft (min.) Disp. 2866 lbs./ 1300 kgs. Ballast: 990 lbs. / 449 kgs. Designer: Philippe Harle Builder: Jeanneau (fra) Construct.: Fg Bal. type: First Built: 1985 Last Built: 1989 # Built: Rig Dimensions Key I: 25.92 / 7.90m J: 7.87 / 2.40m P: 27.87 / 8.49m E: 10.50 / 3.20m Py: Ey: Spl: Isp: SA(Fore.): 102.00 ft2 / 9.48 m2 SA(Main): 146.32 ft2 / 13.59 m2 Total(calc.)SA: 248.31 ft2 / 23.07 m2 SA/Disp: 19.74 Est. Forestay Len.: 27.09 / 8.26m Builders (past & present) More about & boats built by: Jeanneau Designer More about & boats designed by: Philippe Harlé " Small Boat Journal Wrote "Jeanneau’s Tonic 24 is one big boat. Posed next to the others in our fleet the Tonic towers over them. To designer Philippe Harle’s credit this boat’s appearance is distinctive rather than strange. Much as I like conventional sheerlines I’m forced to admit that had Harle attempted to wrap a 24-foot traditional design around this huge interior volume the result would have been an aesthetic Armageddon. Though dead-straight sheers only appear to be straight on paper out on the water they take on lives of their own — changing their shapes not always in flattering ways when viewed from different angles. In any case the Tonic’s high-sided straight-sheered design works and the boat has a pleasant businesslike appearance when heeled down to a breeze. The Jeanneau’s cavernous interior seems even larger as you go below because the boat is open from stem (almost) to stern. There are no full bulkheads. In addition there’s more open sole space than you’ll find on most 28-footers. The crew can actually stroll around the main cabin and if they’re no taller than 5 feet 8 inches they can do it while standing erect. Everything aboard the Tonic is big. The navigation station has a sizable full-time chart table (27 inches by 22 inches). You’d be happy to find a galley with this much counter space in a summer cottage. Plexiglas windows (not ports) wrap around three sides of the cabin house casting plenty of light into the interior. Yes there are seacocks fitted to the through-hulls (thank you again). The dimensions of the enclosed head are little short of amazing. The standard French U-shaped settee with fixed folding-leaf table is forward in the main cabin. And as in the Beneteau a double berth resides under the cockpit. As you might expect the Tonic’s berth is larger and “head-room is greater than the 235. Plus a large port let into the transom and cutouts behind the companionway steps relieve the cave-like ambiance. If we can fault the Jeanneau’s accommodations it’s only for lack of adequate ventilation. You can open the companionway area and the small 17-inch-by- 12-inch forward hatch and that’s it. Certainly a wind scoop in the forward hatch would help while at anchor but we’d be inclined to add several cowl vents. At the very least the galley and head should be exhausted directly to the outside. Getting around on the Tonic’s deck isn’t quite so easy as with the other boats. A fairly wide house (all that interior room has to come from somewhere) and chainplates that pierce the already narrow sidedecks don’t help. We’re not saying that the Tonic is bad in this respect — it’s just that the Schock and Beneteau are so good. Jeanneau’s deck fittings are of high quality adequate in number and well placed. The 8-inch mooring cleats display a good open pattern and the anchor locker has a positive latch. The Tonic’s deep and inviting cockpit although not quite up to the Beneteau’s by our subjective standards can hold its own in any league. You should be prepared to share this comfortable space with a growling stinking outboard motor mounted in a well. Simple transom mounts (not brackets) seem better in nearly every respect. The Tonic sails pleasantly. It isn’t in a league with the Schock or Beneteau for sheer speed and dragging the outboard’s lower unit through the water doesn’t help matters. Be that as it may this floating vacation home can maintain a most respectable cruising pace. The Tonic we sailed was fitted with a keel/centerboard that drew just 2 feet 4 inches with the board up. A standard #8 sheet winch mounted beneath the table controls the centerboard — an arrangement that works quite well. Compared to the common reel winches wrapped with wire rope the Tonic’s setup should prove more reliable and easier to fix if something goes wrong. If you’re looking for a large 24-foot cruiser you’ll go a long way before finding another boat that can match the Tonic’s belowdecks volume and that carries all that room with dignity."
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