Leisure 20

With its long waterline and generous beam the Leisure 20 is a superbly balanced four-berth family cruiser that can be sailed just about anywhere comfortably and  safely.


Designed for both serious offshore cruising and inshore pottering, it's the ideal trailer-sailer giving you a virtually unlimited choice of horizons. Under sail the Leisure 20 is extremely stable, vice-free and fast, performing well under all types of conditions.

Under power it will cruise happily and economically with a 5 to 7 horsepower outboard, and is very manoeuvrable whether going ahead or astern.

Built in GRP for strength, rigidity and minimum maintenance, the '20' is surprisingly roomy for its size. Fin and twin keels are of cast iron, the latter being of high aspect ratio hydrofoil section.

The centre board version has a galvanised mild steel plate, housed in a cast iron stub tube.  Rudder and skeg are moulded GRP with steel framework and stainless steel fittings. A teak rubbing strake is standard.

Moulded non slip areas on deck are designed to ensure safety. The cockpit is deep and wide, and features a outboard motor well in the stern, the cover providing an additional seat or table.

The accommodation includes four sensibly sized cushioned berths, a full galley and ample stowage space, and is finished in teak timbers and veneers.

With two large coachroof windows on each side, and a translucent forehatch, it is particularly light and airy. Headroom is 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in) in the cabin. A galley with cooker and sink is fitted on the starboard side.

The spars are in aluminium alloy. Originally gold, the spars of later boats are black or silver. All standing rigging and rigging screws are stainless steel. Halyards are internal.

The Leisure 20 hull was drafted by German designer Horst E Glacier, and the deck was designed by Brian Meerloo.  It was aimed at the European market where the restriction on many inland waterways for "recreational" craft was 20 ft.


Specification Detail

  • Length Overall 6.09 m (20 ft)

  • Length Waterline 5.56 m (18 ft 3 in)

  • Beam 2.31 m ((7 ft 6 in)

  • Draft Fin 1.16 m (3ft 9 in): Twin 0.80 m (2 ft 7 in ) Centreboard 0.56-1.22 m (1 ft 10 ins - 4 ft)

  • Weight approximately 1300 kg (2860 lbs)

  • Keel 477.3 kg (1050 lbs)

  • Ballast Ratio 37%

  • Mast 7.32 m (24 ft) Lake Rig 7.93 m (26 ft)

  • Mainsail 8.0 sq. m (86 sq. ft)

  • Jib 9.7 sq. m (104 sq. ft)

  • Storm Jib 3.3 sq. m (35 sq. ft)

  • Genoa 13.5 sq. m (145 sq. ft)

  • Spinnaker 28.4 sq. m (306 sq. ft)

Leisure 20 Brochure

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First Leisure 20 Brochure, dating from around 1975

First Leisure 20 Brochure, dating from around 1975

Leisure 20 Brochure 1983

Leisure 20 Brochure 1983

1983 Order Form

1983 Order Form


Leisure yachts (bar the Leisure 17) are seldom raced. The only yardstick information we have are a PY (Portsmouth Yardstick) and various Recorded Numbers (RN) and Club Numbers (CN) 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, Outboard Engine, PY1342 (2000), CN1310 (1999), RN1280 (1985), RN1270 (1982)

  • Twin Keel, Outboard Engine, CN1198 (from Byron Software)

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