The Leisure 29 was designed by Frank Pryor and is identical to the Leisure 27, but having two feet added to provide a larger cockpit with the skeg and rudder also re-designed. They proved tough, roomy, sea going boats. About thirty were built.
The hull is built in solid GRP with foam ribs and stringers, thus giving exceptional strength and minimum maintenance.
The hull has a moulded skeg and rudder with either twin bilge keels or a fin keel; the majority being fitted with twin keels.
Double lifelines run through stanchions from a butterfly shaped pulpit to the pushpit. Teak handrails are fitted each side of the coach roof which is fitted with four ventilators for the main saloon, toilet and hanging locker.
The non-slip, moulded deck is clean and uncluttered with a flat fore-deck for safe anchor handling. A combined stem-head roller and fairlead is fitted. A 25lb CQR anchor is standard and this is stowed in an anchor well with a two-piece hinged hatch. Black anodised aluminium toe rails, incorporating four fairleads, run from stem to stern.
Two deck mounted halyard winches and two speed sheet winches and cleats are standard fittings. All standing rigging is in 6mm stainless steel wire, with the shroud chain plates anchored to internal steel brackets through-bolted and bonded to the hull. Halyards are internal to the mast and run direct via deck mounted turning blocks to winches and cleats.
High topsides give an immense amount of room below with full
6 ft 1½ in headroom throughout, making this a really dry boat but without creating excess windage. The deck is in balsa sandwich for maximum insulation properties.
Tiller steering is standard, although some were fitted with a wheel.
Down below the cabins are fitted out in teak veneers and quality furnishings. Double lined throughout, the interior has long, tinted windows that make the saloon light and airy by day.
A cooker, sink and icebox are fitted to create a full galley, with sea and freshwater pumps as standard. The basic arrangement is a dinette that will seat five people in comfort with four more on the berth opposite.
A separate toilet compartment and hanging locker are fitted between the main saloon and fore cabin. The companion way steps are easily removed to give access to the engine.
The standard engine was a 7.5 hp Volvo diesel Saildrive unit, but this was never powerful enough and therefore the larger twin-cylinder 13 hp engine was fitted to some boats. A twin battery installation is standard.
The moulds were later used by Jaguar Yachts to produce the Lynx 29. Apart from some minor differences in the internal trim, including the use of light-coloured internal mouldings, the Lynx 29 is identical to the Leisure 29.
|Length Overall||8.80 m||29 ft 4 in|
|Length Waterline||7.62 m||25 ft 5in|
|Beam||2.81 m||9 ft 2½ in|
|Headroom||1.87 m||6 ft 1 ½ in|
|Fin||1.49 m||4 ft 11 in|
|Twin||1.19 m||3 ft 11 in|
|Displacement||2.8 tonnes||2 ¾ tons|
|Keel mass||1527 kg||3360 lbs|
|Total||3400 kg||7480 lbs|
|Standard||9.9 m||32 ft 6 in|
|Lake Rig||10.6 m||34 ft 6 in|
|Mainsail||11.91 m2||128 ft2|
|No.1 Jib||12.73 m2||137 ft2|
|No.1 Storm Jib||5.39 m2||58 ft2|
|No.1 Genoa||25.1 m2||270 ft2|
|No.2 Genoa||20.8 m2||224 ft2|
|Spinnaker||57 m2||617 ft2|
The company never completed a full brochure for the Leisure 29, there was only a simple flyer.
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.
The only yardstick information we have is a Recorded Number (RN) from 1982 published by the RYA on the basis of limited information.