Alan F. Platt, an Essex boatbuilder, designed and built both the Finesse 21 and the Finesse 24. The larger Finesse 27 was also built by Platt, but she was designed by Maurice Griffiths – that’s according to Sailboat Data.com.
I have here two grainy photos of a Finesse 24 moored on a mud berth at Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. A friend of mine, who has sailed one, says she was not much cop to windward, but I doubt owners of these shallow draught wooden cruising yachts are too fussed about performance on the wind. If they find the wind is contrary, they will be happy to sheet in the main, roll up the jib, and let the reliable Yanmar diesel engine help out. When they arrive back on the mooring they will be comforted by the warmth of her varnished saloon that is fitted with a four-seat dinette and a generous galley.
Finesse 24 – Sailboat Data.com
Finesse Owners Association
Practical Boat Owner Review – Finesse 24
Watercraft Magazine Article about the Finesse 24
A F Platt (Finesse) Ltd.
Finesse 24 for Sale £3,250 (Reduced)
Finesse 24 for Sale £5,000
Finesse 24 for Sale £6,495
Finesse 24 for Sale £8,000
‘Drifter’, a Small Sailing Cruiser, perhaps a Finesse 21