The Leisure 27SL is actually a Mirage 27, built by Thames Marine and marketed by Boating Scene of Basildon, Essex under the Leisure name. This occurred in 1989, and the LOA has no record of the number built, but some were supplied for DIY finishing.
The majority were twin keel. The standard accommodation is six berths in two cabins, with approximately 6' headroom. Only the interior design differs from the Mirage 27 which proved to be a roomy, well balanced, sailing yacht, despite having a waterline of just 21 feet. She actually measures 25ft 6ins from stem to stern. The 27 figure came from including the rudder in the measurement.
Interestingly the Mirage 27/Leisure 27SL mainsail is 155 sq. ft. The mainsail on the Cobramold Leisure 27 is just 128 sq. ft.
A marine toilet is fitted in a separate compartment. The galley is normally fitted with a gas cooker, and the fresh water supply is taken to pumps to the galley sink, and a small basin in the toilet compartment. A self draining locker for the gas bottle is at the aft end of the cockpit.
The standard engine was a Volvo 2001 9.5hp diesel (optionally a Volvo Penta 2002 18hp), but with a conventional shaft drive to a fixed propeller. Two batteries are normally fitted, with charging from the engine alternator.
The Leisure 27SL is rigged as a masthead sloop, with aluminium mast and boom. Standing rigging is conventional stainless steel wire, whilst the running rigging is Terylene rope. The yachts are often fitted with headsail reefing systems. Sheet and halyard winches are fitted, the latter on the coach roof. The mainsheet traveller is mounted on the bridge deck, across the companion way entrance.
A boarding ladder is fitted to the transom, and most boats are fitted with the optional stainless steel handrail on the coach roof to permit safe working around the mast.
A plough anchor is fitted, normally stowed on the foredeck.
- Length overall 8.23m (including rudder)
- Length waterline 6.4m
- Beam 2.87m
- Draft 1.07m (twin keel) fin 1.52m
- Displacement 2721kg (twin)
- Ballast 1293kg (twin)
- Ballast ratio 47%
- Fuel 10 gallons
- Water 25 gallons
- Mainsail 155 sq. ft.
- No.1 Genoa 270 sq. ft.
- No. 2 Genoa 210 sq. ft.
- Working Jib 128 sq. ft
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Leisure yachts (bar the Leisure 17) are seldom raced. The only yardstick information we have is a Club Number (CN) from the Byron Software web site:
Fin Keel Inboard Engine, Folding Propeller CN1031
More up to date information may be obtainable from the Byron web site.