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The Shark 24

The Shark 24 is a 24-foot fibreglass keelboat designed by George Hinterhoeller in 1959.  For some interesting history on the Shark 24 and George Hinterhoeller, click here.

LOA: 24 ft 0 in. (7315 mm)Beam: 6 ft 10 in. (2083 mm)
LWL: 20 ft 0 in. (6095 mm)
Draft: 3 ft 2 in. (965 mm)
Keel: 675 lb (306 kg)
Net Weight: 2100 lb (953 kg)

Sail Area with Genoa: 240 sq. ft

Crew: 3 min. (no max.)

First Built: 1959

​Hulls Built: over 2000


Hinterhoeller Limited

C&C Yachts

Halman Manufacturing Co.

Bodo Guenther Marinedepot*

*current builder



The International Shark Class Association (ISCA) Is the governing body of the Shark one-design keelboat with active National Associations in Canada, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Regular regattas are held on the Great Lakes and on the large lakes in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, culminating with the World Championship which alternates to Europe every third year. For information on local regattas near you, please go to your National Association website.

​The purpose of ISCA is to promote and further the interest of the Shark Class throughout the world by:
a) maintaining the one-design character of the SHARK 24, 
b) coordinating and managing the affairs and rules of the Class, 
c) making recommendations on the control of the licensed builders, 
​d) encouraging and coordinating both national and international competition and cruising in the Class, and
e) providing relevant information to members of the Class associations.

Why Sail a Shark 24?

  • Strict one-design racing (no handicap ratings!)
  • Many local club fleets with weekly racing
  • Large weekend regattas
  • Low cost to purchase and maintain
  • Easy to sail/race
  • Family-friendly weekend cruiser with 4 berths

Shark 24 Facts

  • The largest one-design fleet on the Great Lakes 
  • One of the largest keel boat classes in the world with over 550 members (191 in Canada, 198 in Germany, 102 in Austria and 40 in Switzerland)
  • The Shark 24 is a recognized ISAF keelboat class and was awarded Classic Yacht status in 2001 (along with the Dragon, Soling, Etchells and other prestigious yachts)
  • The Shark was one of the first mass-produced fibreglass production boats beginning in the 1960's
  • Over 2000 boats have been built by several builders including the famous C&C Yachts
  • The Shark is still being built in Germany with 4 new boats built in 2012
  • ​Sharks have crossed the Atlantic and sailed to Australia​