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The M242

The M 242 is a 24-foot, high performance, family-oriented day racer and weekender. Over 350 have been built since 1981, and there are large fleets on the West Coast of Canada and the U.S. The M242 Class is unique in that it has very rigid class rules to control expense and ensure even competition. The total sail inventory consists of a main, jib and spinnaker. The roller-furling jib dramatically simplifies boat handling and encourages family crews. With a PHRF handicap of 150-156 seconds per mile, it seems that the PHRF handicappers certainly respect the performance ability of the M242.

M242 FAST: The boat is an ultra light with a narrow hull, fine entry, and wide stern sections aft, coupled with a tall fractional rig, big mainsail, small jib, and a 210% spinnaker. The M242 can attain 19 knots of boat speed in big breeze and following seas – definitely in the "E" ticket category! At these speeds the large rudder provides stability not normally found on boats this size and the 4 ft. span on the keel gives it sufficient righting moment with a crew of four. These attributes are not limited to big breeze performance by any means.

M242 EASY AND FUN TO SAIL: The advantage of the M242 over most boats its size and bigger is the 110% jib, which is on roller furling. When the M242 goes around the weather mark you roll up the smallest sail and replace it with the biggest one. How easy is that? The smart design of the sail plan, coupled with a 1ft. "penalty" pole, makes the 210% spinnaker a delight to trim in all breezes worth racing in, and doesn't require a line backer to jibe, on the foredeck or in the cockpit. With a simple three sail inventory you're off the dock and underway in short order and you never have to worry about having the wrong sail up when the wind changes strength.

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M242 COMFORTABLE TO SAIL: The ergonomic, crew-friendly bench seating, radiused edges and clean, canted side decks can accommodate a crew of four sitting in the cockpit with "legs in". The M242 was designed to carry the crew weight in the cockpit, giving the crew a sense of security and readiness in those situations where quick tacks or jibes are called for. While the accommodations below decks are spartan, the M242 is not a stripped out racer. It features a hull and deck liner to finish the interior nicely. And if you feel the urge to gunkhole on a weekend outing with the family, there actually is enough room below to sleep four.

M242 AFFORDABLE TO BUY AND OWN: Without the high loads on the rigging and sails that other boats have, the ultra light M242 doesn't need entirely new inventory each season. If you are a frequent racer, the jib usually will last a season, and the main and spinnaker are good for at least two seasons. When it comes to maintenance the M242 shines above the rest because the builder has decided to install quality hardware from the factory, which enables us to offer a one-year warranty on all materials and workmanship. With only two small winches to service, rinsing off the blocks and keeping the boat clean are about the only maintenance you'll need to perform. The mantra from the beginning has been "keep it simple", and simple it is.

M242 CLASS RULES ENSURE EQUAL BOATS: "The M242 was created as a strict one-design class. The intent is that all boats will be equal and that competition will be a true test of crew, not boats and equipment. Any effort to alter the boat or it’s rigging, except as specifically permitted by these rules, is prohibited.

BASE BOAT INCLUDES: White gelcoat hull & deck, Mast and boom painted white, certificate of measurement, complete set of Ullman class racing sails, spinnaker bag (installed), interior side bunk cushions and side bunks, tiller extension, roller furling and Harken deck hardware, winch handles, 15" Windex, all running rigging, electrical system, including 12V battery, Instrument panel with 12V adaptor, runninglights and steaming light, outboard motor mount and bracket, stainless steel foot rails, FOB: Los Angeles, CA.

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Standard Features

Construction & Interior

  • Balsa Core/Fiberglass construction for hull and deck
  • G10 reinforced baking for all hardware and mast step
  • Bonded hull to deck joint
  • Solid lead keel
  • Fiberglass rudder blade on stainless steel frame
  • Two 6’6” quarter berths with molded storage lockers
  • 6’6” Vee berth forward with molded lockers and space for toilet
  • Molded fiberglass deck head liner
  • Molded hull liner bonded in place
  • Large self bailing cockpit
  • Low bench seats with contoured combing
  • Clear Plexiglas backrest with visible storage

Deck & Deck Hardware

  • Most up-to-date: Harken Deck Hardware
  • Ball bearing traveler with Harken mainsheet system
  • Deck Organizers
  • Cam Cleats and Fairleads for adjustable lines
  • Winches 6A, with handle and handle holders
  • Harken Carbo Ratchet turning blocks for spinnaker sheets
  • Jib Track and Carbo Ti-lite jib blocks
  • Stainless steel toe railings
  • Stainless steel bow and stern railings w/navigation light mounting
  • Teak Companionway trim
  • Teak drop boards
  • Sliding smoke plexi companionway hatch
  • Smoke plexi cabin windows
  • Wood tiller with Spinlock tiller extension
  • Motor Mount
  • Motor Bracket

Running Rigging

  • Adjustable 16:1 Vang with Harken blocks
  • Adjustable 3:1 Cunningham with Harken blocks
  • Internal Halyard system
  • 4:1 Mainsheet,
  • 1:1 Jib sheets,
  • Spinnaker sheets
  • Roller furling line
  • Topping Lift
  • Foreguy
  • Outhaul
  • Jib Cunningham


  • Interior lighting system
  • Waterproof 4 switch electrical
  • 12 V adaptor
  • Navigation lights
  • Group 24, 12 v Battery w/mini on/off switch

Spars & Rigging

  • Fractional keel stepped, tapered aluminum Mast (clear anodized or painted)
  • 15” Windex
  • Roller furling head stay system
  • Aluminum boom with internal outhaul system
  • Upper and Lower Shrouds
  • Forestay
  • Internal halyards
  • Adjustable Backstay
  • Light weight aluminum spinnaker pole


  • Sails: Complete set of Ullman competitive race sails (600 Airx spinnaker, full batten large roach main, 110% jib w/vertical battens
  • Sails: Complete set of Ullman cruising/day sails
  • Cushions: Side bunk and/or Vee Berth, choice of any Sunbrella fabric
  • Porto potty
  • Canvas: Hatch cover, tiller cover, jib cover, boom cover
  • Two-tone non skid deck
  • Choice of Awlgrip or Gelcoat Hull Color
  • Any TackTick Instruments
  • Spinnaker Tweeker/barber hauler gear includes; 2 ea. Holt Allen snatch blocks, bullet blocks, lines and cleats.
  • Composite line upgrade, includes; tapered Spectra spinnaker sheets, jib sheets, main halyard, spinnaker halyard, topping lift, foreguy, furling line, boom vang, mainsail cunningham and jib cunningham
  • Ronstan or Spinlock fast tune adjustable turnbuckles.
  • Dehumidifier
  • Stainless steel stanchions with flush mounted lockable bases and Coated stainless steel life lines.
  • Spinnaker launching bag and Mounting Hardware
  • Trailer: Yard Dolly or Travel Trailer
  • Kelp Window (small directly over keel)
  • Lifting Sling for hoist launching
  • Bottom Paint (racing or cruising)
  • Dry sailed race bottom, faired to 1200 grit and buffed
  • Safety Package: 4 life jackets flare kit, signal horn, anchor and 150’ of rode

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Sail Area
280 sq ft
Designer: Don Martin
7.4 M
6.2 M
2.44 M
1.45 M
8.38 M
9.15 M
3.66 M
2.21 M
1136 Kg
423 Kg
Sail Area
26 sq M
2.52 M


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