Leisure 23 & 23SL

Launched in 1973, the Leisure 23, designed by Frank Pryor,  proved an immediate success.

Leisure 23SL 'Funadama' sailing in the Blackwater

Leisure 23SL 'Funadama' sailing in the Blackwater

Introduced two years later, the Leisure 23SL has an identical hull and rig to the Leisure 23, but has a different deck moulding, featuring a wedge shaped coach roof and higher side decks. This increased the headroom by an inch in the cabin. Designed for serious cruising, the first thing that impresses most people about the Leisure 23 is  the ample deck space, large deep cushioned cockpit and surprisingly roomy accommodation for up to five people. With a high ballast ration of 48%, the L23 proved a most seaworthy yacht.

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 twin 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 galley 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.

Leisure 23 'Katie' sailing in the Crouch

Leisure 23 'Katie' sailing in the Crouch

Specification Detail

  • Length Overall 6.90 m (22 ft 8 in)

  • Length Waterline 6.09 m (20 ft)

  • Beam 2.39 m (7 ft 10 in)

  • Headroom L23 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in): L23SL 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)

  • Draft Fin 1.19 m (3 ft 11 in): Twin 0.81 m (2 ft 8 in)

  • Weight approximately 1841 kg (4050 lbs)

  • Keels 886 kg (1950 lbs)

  • Ballast Ratio 48%

  • Mast 7.93 m (26 ft) : Lake Rig 9.0m (30 ft)

  • Mainsail 8.4 sq.m (90 sq. ft)

  • Working Jib 9.7 sq. m (104 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 14.7 sq. m (158 sq. ft)

  • Spinnaker 32.5 sq. m (350 sq ft)


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Leisure 23 Brochure

Leisure 23 Brochure

Leisure 23SL Brochure

Leisure 23SL Brochure

1980 Order Form

1980 Order Form

1983 Order Form

1983 Order Form


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.