The Leisure 22 was designed by Graham Caddick to meet the demand for a 4/6-berth family cruiser, without sacrificing the versatility and performance required by the yachtsman.
Both twin keel and fin keel versions were available. The design features a high ballast ratio of 43% for stability with very good sized accommodation for a yacht of this length and a cabin headroom of 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m). The waterline length is nearly 20 ft (6.07 m). The deep cockpit provides excellent protection from the elements and comfortable, dry sailing - at the expense of forward vision when seated.
The hull is of one piece moulded GRP for minimum maintenance, with interior mouldings and bulkheads bonded in for exceptional strength and rigidity. Keels are 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 some were fitted with an inboard petrol or diesel engine.
The spars are in gold coloured aluminium alloy. All standing rigging and rigging screws are in stainless steel and halyards are internal to the mast.
The Leisure 22 with a near vertical stern can be differentiated easily from the later Leisure 23, which has a reverse counter stern.
Five berths are available in the accommodation which comprises a main saloon cabin in a dinette arrangement, with a large fore cabin. Normally there is a separate toilet compartment which leaves one rather short berth in the fore cabin. A galley with two burner gas stove was normally fitted, and a sink with freshwater pump is standard. Much use is made of teak and teak veneers throughout the cabin giving a warm appearance.
Length Overall 6.71 m (22 ft)
Length Waterline 6.07 m (19 ft 11 in)
Beam 2.39 m (7 ft 10 in)
Draft Fin 1.19 m (3 ft 11 in): Twin 0.81 m (2 ft 8 in)
Weight approximately 1495 kg (3,300 lbs)
Keel 635 kg (1400 lbs)
Ballast Ratio 43%
Mast 7.93 m (26 ft)
Mainsail 9.8 sq. m (105 sq. ft)
Working Jib 10.2 sq. m (110 sq. ft)
No. 1 Jib 7.9 sq. m (85 sq. ft)
No.1 Storm Jib 4.7 sq. m (51 sq. ft)
No.2 Storm Jib 2.8 sq. m (30 sq. ft)
Genoa 16.7 sq. m (180 sq. ft)
Spinnaker 32.5 sq. m (350 sq ft)
Leisure 22 Brochure
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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, 3 Blade Propeller CN1260 (1988), RN1220 (1978)
Twin Keel, Outboard Engine, CN1175 (from Byron Software)
More up to date information may be obtainable from the Byron web site.