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Leisure 23 and 23SL

Leisure 23SL sailing

Leisure 23SL 'Fundadama' sailing in the Blackwater

The Leisure 23 was evolved from the successful Leisure 22, and is very similar, bar the stern, which on the Leisure 23 is raked to add waterline length and give a more modern look to the boat.

The Leisure 23SL has an identical hull and rig to the Leisure 23, but has a different deck moulding with a wedge shaped coach roof and higher side decks. This increases the headroom in the accommodation. Designed for serious cruising, the first thing that impresses most people about the Leisure 23 is its ample deck space, large deep cushioned cockpit and surprising roomy accommodation for five people.

The Leisure 23 and 23SL were designed by Frank Pryor.

The hull is of one piece moulded GRP for minimum maintenance, with interior mouldings and bulkheads bonded in for exceptional strength and rigidity. A balsa sandwich deck provides further strength and excellent insulation. Fin or Bilge Keel (hydrofoil section) versions were built, keels being in cast iron. Rudder and skeg are moulded GRP, with steel framework and fittings. A teak rubbing strake is standard to protect the topsides. Moulded non slip areas on deck provide a secure foothold whilst working forward.

An outboard engine (8-10HP) was fitted as the standard auxiliary, but many are fitted with a 10HP inboard diesel engine, usually a Volvo Penta Saildrive unit. The spars are in aluminium alloy. Originally gold, the spars of later boats are black or silver. All standing rigging and rigging screws are in stainless steel and halyards are internal to the mast.

The accommodation comprises a main saloon cabin in a dinette arrangement, with a large fore cabin. Two fore cabin arrangements were supplied, either with or without a separate toilet compartment. Five berths are available, although one is very short when a separate toilet compartment is fitted. A gallery with two burner gas stove and a sink with freshwater pump is standard. Much use is made of teak and teak veneers throughout the cabin giving a warm appearance.

Specification Detail

  • Length Overall 6.90m
  • Length Waterline 6.09m
  • Beam 2.39m
  • Draft fin 1.19m (Twin 0.81m) 
  • Weight approximately 1841kg
  • Mast 7.93m (Lakerig 9.0m)
  • Mainsail 11.57 sq.
  • Working Jib 9.7 sq. m
  • No. 1 Jib 7.9 sq. m
  • No.1 Storm Jib 4.7 sq. m
  • No.2 Storm Jib 2.8 sq. m
  • Genoa 15.2 sq. m
  • Spinnaker 32.5 sq. m
Leisure 23 sailing

Leisure 23 'Katie' sailing in the Crouch

Leisure 23 Brochure

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 Leisure 23SL Brochure

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Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Standard Extras 1980 Optional Extras 1980 Standard EXtras 1983 Optional Extras 1983


Performance

Leisure yachts (bar the Leisure 17) are seldom raced. The only yardstick information we have are various Club Numbers (CN)  and a Recorded Numbers (RN) as follows.  RN Recorded Numbers are published by the RYA on the basis of limited information. CN Club Numbers are allocated by Clubs.

  • Twin Keel, Inboard Engine, 2 Blade Propeller CN1250 (1999), RN1226 (1996)
  • Twin Keel, Inboard Engine, Folding Propeller CN1240 (1999)
  • Twin Keel, Outboard Engine, 2 Blade Propeller CN1190 (1999), RN1240 (1988), RN1220 (1985), RN1220 (1983)
  • Fin Keel, Inboard, Folding Propeller, CN1190 (1999), RN1190 (1983)
  • Twin Keel, Inboard Engine, Folding Propeller CN1160 (1999)
  • Twin Keel, Inboard Engine, 2 Blade Propeller, CN1195 (from Byron Software)
  • Fin Keel, Inboard Engine, Folding Propeller, CN1122 (from Byron Software)

More up to date information may be obtainable from the Byron web site.