The Maxus Evo 24 is an attractive and well finished 24 footer that won the 2017 Polish Boat of the Year award, so we knew it was certainly worth a closer look.

The Evo 24 offers surprisingly civilised accommodation for a boat of this size, including maximum headroom near the companionway of a fraction over 6ft. The saloon is open plan to the forepeak, where there's a double vee berth in addition to the two settees either side of the central table in the saloon. Further aft there is a small galley to port, plus a generously proportioned transverse double berth under the cockpit. To starboard is a separate heads compartment.

Check out our First Look Video of the Maxus Evo 24 below.


The hull shape is of a modern form with a distinctive chine along much of its length and a broad transom with maximum beam carried well aft, but a single rudder. The boat can be configured with one of four different keel options to suit different types of use, including twin keels with bulbs, single fin, lifting and centreboard. There’s also a neat fibreglass bowsprit with integrated anchor stowage.

Equipment and options

In common with many Polish designs, this is boat can be set up in many different configurations, so there's a wide range of options. As standard auxiliary power is from a 4-8hp outboard motor, mounted on a transom bracket. It's possible to opt for an inboard diesel engine instead, but this adds significantly to the cost of the boat and reduces the aft double berth to a single. The standard boat has basic galley equipment, but there are options to improve this for those who want to produce more serious meals on board. Similarly, a sea toilet with holding tank can be installed in place of the standard chemical toilet.

Maxus Evo 24

Under sail the Maxus Evo 24 gives the impression of a larger boat.

Maxus Evo 24 saloon

The saloon is open plan to the forepeak. It has an attractive feel that's accentuated by a high standard of finish.

There are few small sailing yachts that enable owners to take advantage of the many recent developments in hull design and rig configurations. In a market that has been all but abandoned by the big volume boat builders this model is a welcome addition to the market and offers a comparatively cost effective route into boat ownership, along with the attraction of easy maintenance.

The Maxus range is built in Poland by Northman Shipyard in the town of Węgorzewo. The company builds around 180 sailing boats a year, with a line up that encompasses seven yachts from 21-33ft. The Maxus 26, which was launched a year before the 24 Evo, offers enough space for a diesel inboard engine that doesn't impinge on the size of the aft double berth, but at a somewhat higher price point. Northman also produces the Nexus range of three motor boats from 8.5 to 9.7 metres. For more information visit Northman's website.

Maxus Evo 24 specifications

Total length 8.20m
Hull length 7.30m
Beam 2.55m
Draught 0.32/1.35m
Mast height 9.5m
Sail area 29sq m
Mainsail 18sq m
Jib 11sq m
Weight 1,750kg
Ballast 400kg
Maximum headroom 1.88m
Engine power 4-8hp outboard

Written by: Rupert Holmes
Rupert Holmes has more than 70,000 miles of offshore cruising and racing experience, in waters ranging from the North Sea to the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn. He writes about all aspects of boat ownership and marine travel, including destinations, seamanship and maintenance, as well as undertaking regular new boat and gear tests. He currently sails around 5,000 miles per year and in the past couple of seasons has cruised from the UK to the Azores, as well as winning his class in the 2014 two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race. He also owns two yachts, one based in the Mediterranean and the other in the UK.