You will find here detailed information on each type of Leisure yacht produced between 1967 and 1997
The Leisure 17, where it all started
The L17 was designed around 1966 by Arthur Howard and built in Essex by Cobramold. Approximately 3400 Leisure 17s and 17SLs were built between 1967 and 1995. The L17 is one of the most successful small yachts ever built.
The Leisure 17 SL
Around 1975 the Leisure 17 SL was introduced with a new "wedgie" shape cabin top, providing more internal space.
A later addition, the Leisure 18 (Brian Cory Yachts)
The Leisure 18 was a new 1996 design by Simon Cory, and was 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. Around 12 of these yachts were built around 1996.
A small family cruiser, the Leisure 20
Approximately 250 Leisure 20s were built commencing in 1975. 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 safely and comfortably. They have a remarkable amount of cabin and cockpit space for such a small yacht.
The Leisure 22, featuring a proper galley
Approximately 200 Leisure 22s were built from 1970. The Leisure 22 was designed by Graham Caddick, provided 5ft 8in headroom and was built as a 4/6-berth family cruiser without sacrificing the versatility and performance required by the yachtsman. This is a very sea worthy boat with a ballast ratio of 43%. The L22 proved popular in the UK and Holland.
The Leisure 23, a very successful family cruiser
Designed by Frank Pryor and Launched in 1973, the Leisure 23 was almost an instant success. It provided 5ft 8in headroom, a galley, dinette and toilet compartment. Brian Meerloo (founder of the builders, Cobramold) reckoned the L23 had the best sailing qualities of them all.
The Leisure 23SL
In 1975 the Leisure 23SL version was produced with the more modern deck style. Around 900 23/23SL boats were built up to 1990.
The Leisure 23 and 23SL have a reverse transom angled backwards from the waterline to the deck.
The Leisure 24, a shallow draft, high performance cruiser
The Leisure 24 was designed by Simon Cory around 1998 at the Cory yard in Kent. Balanced modern rig design, high technology twin keels, and a long waterline length contribute to a sea kindly design. As far as we are aware only one prototype was built.
Leisure 26, a high performance cruiser
The Leisure 26 was based on the Oyster 26, and was produced from the same moulds. Very few were built.
Leisure 27, a sea going cruiser with outstanding accommodation
In 1977 Frank Pryor designed the Leisure 27, featuring a remarkable cabin providing over 6ft headroom. Approximately 105 Leisure 27's were built and have proved to be really sturdy, sea going boats. The Leisure 27 has a short, very safe cockpit, but lots of cabin space.
Leisure 27SL, a roomy fast cruising yacht
After the demise of Cobramold, in 1989 Boating Scene of Essex "adopted" the Leisure name, to brand a hull generally known as "Mirage" and built by Thames Marine. Therefore the Leisure 27SL in actually a Mirage 27, with a slightly different interior design.
Leisure 29, the largest yacht in the Leisure fleet
The Leisure 29 is basically an extended Leisure 27, with a two foot longer cockpit and virtually identical cabin. About 30 Leisure 29's were built, the majority being fitted with twin keels, they proved to be admirably sturdy, sea going boats. The moulds for the L29 were later used by Jaguar Yachts to produce the Lynx 29.