The Leisure 24 was designed in 1996 by Simon Cory, to be produced by the Cory yard at Sandwich in Kent.
“A balanced modern rig, ‘high tech’ twin keels and a long waterline length contribute to a sea kindly design that will look after her crew and is fast on and off the wind.”
As far as the Leisure Owners Association is aware, only one prototype yacht was ever built, therefore the following is taken from the L24 brochure.
“Shallow draft and good sailing ability enables you to explore quieter rivers and creeks and enjoy anchorages and berths that other yachts cannot reach.”
The one-piece moulded hull is built in GRP with either moulded twin keels or an optional fin keel. The deck has a moulded non-slip finish, with timber stiffening under the fittings. Coach roof grab rails and deck jack-lines are standard.
The yacht has a white hull and deck with a dark blue water line. The mast and boom are silver anodised, rigging is in stainless steel, in addition, roller furling on the foresail is standard while slab reefing is fitted to the mainsail. Halyards and reefing lines are led aft, thus sail handling can be safely carried out without leaving the cockpit.
A Lombardini 8 hp diesel engine with shaft drive is standard with a 15 gallon fuel tank. Hand and electric bilge pumps are fitted.
Down below the fore cabin has two single berths. The main cabin has a double berth aft and the dinette table can also be lowered to provide a further double berth. A sea toilet is standard as is a wash basin and fresh water supply.
The galley has a stainless steel sink and a gas hob grill. All internal woodwork is finished in oak and varnished, thus giving the cabin a lighter, more open feel
A VHF radio, log and echo sounder are all fitted as standard, as a result this was to be a rather well equipped small yacht.
|Length Overall||7.46 m|
|twin keel||1.00 m|
|fin keel||1.29 m|
|Engine||Lombardini 401M 8hp|
|Jib (self-tacking)||12 m2|
|Fuel capacity||15 gallons|
|Water capacity||30 gallons|
We have no yardstick information for the Leisure 24.
For cruising boats, The RYA has updated the Portsmouth Yardstick scheme with the National Handicap for Cruisers (NHC). More up to date information may be obtainable from the RYA NHC site and the Byron web site.