The Leisure 18 was a completely new, 1996, design by Simon Cory, and built in the Cory Yard in Kent. The Leisure 18 is a trailerable small yacht for short handed cruising and is large enough to accommodate a family for long weekending etc.
The one piece moulded hull is built in GRP with moulded keels and skeg. It has a recessed transom step for easy boarding. Foam reinforcing and stiffening is provided where required.
Twin (lead ballasted) aerofoil keels are standard which make for efficient sailing with excellent stability, yet keeping the draft to 2'3" for shallow water cruising and ease of trailering and launching. The skeg hung rudder allows the boat to take the bottom safely.
Auxiliary power is normally supplied by an outboard in a well (under a cockpit seat). Alternatively a 8hp Saildrive diesel inboard engine can be fitted.
On deck the cockpit is safe and comfortable. Halyards and reefing lines are led aft which means that sail handling can be safely carried out without leaving the cockpit. Roller furling on the foresail is standard.
Down below a three berth and enclosed toilet compartment layout is standard. An alternative is a four berth layout without an enclosed toilet compartment.
The forward accommodation has two full length settee berths with cushioned backrests. This can be converted to a double berth by lowering the cabin table.
The galley has a two burner gas cooker and sink.
Length overall 5.48m (18 ft)
Beam 2.21m (7 ft 3 in)
Draft twin keel 0.68m (2 ft 3 in)
Total weight 818 kg (1803 lbs)
Sail Area 17.65 sq.m (190 sq. ft )
Leisure 18 Brochure
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Leisure yachts (bar the Leisure 17) are seldom raced.
We have no yardstick information for the Leisure 18.
More up to date information may be obtainable from the Byron web site.