The remarkable RL24 is still Australia's
most popular trailer yacht with over 500 sold. Sleeping 4 in comfort, this yacht offers
outstanding performance, easy launching, retrieving and rigging and particularly for the
boating family the RL24 has many safety features and is the winner of the Good Design
Award. The award features include simplicity of rigging, self righting and buoyancy, ease
of launching, main and forward cockpits, performance and comfort, unique motor well, and
maintenance free hand-laid fibreglass construction.
|Designed to sleep 4, the interior is open
and clear of unnecessary bulkheads to provide comfortable living. The midship toilet,
galley and icebox areas are convenient and the cabin can be subdivided if required.
Auxiliary power is provided by a 4 to 10 hp standard shaft outboard sited in a special
well designed to prevent cavitation.
||After the successful testing of a
prototype in 1972, the RL24s were built between 1973 and 1987. There were four
Mark I : The first 10 had a slight chine mark up forward due to the original plug
configuration. Altogether 100 Mark I's were built.
Mark II from 1976 featured an upgraded hull finish and a heavier centreboard after some
Mark III built from 1980 had a new deck with increased headroom and interior
Mark IV is a faster boat designed primarily for racing with a fully batterned main and
a drop keel and was instigated by Peter Yeomans of Sydney in his third RL24.
The RL24 was also built in Minnesota U.S.A under license and some 500 boats were
constructed there. A dozen were also built in Western Australia.
Brochure for the U.S. built RL24 (1MB)
An original RL24 Price List (1MB)
An RL24 Price List from 1986 (1MB)
A Cruising Helmsman extract with RL Profile Summary from 1987 (2.4MB)
Tuning your RL for Best Performance
Dates of Manufacture
Note.The original list of owners and sail numbers was lost a long time ago, and this list will not be completely accurate as it is derived from snippets of information collected over the years.
Also. some sail numbers were issued in advance of their order by request to match the boat name, eg. "Calibre" sail No 303 should have been in the 200s.A block of sail numbers was allocated to the W.A. built boats but the builders concocted their own system, and some owners were just superstitious about numbers. The construction of some charter boats was delayed after numbers were allocated, but this list will give owners a reasonable idea of the manufacture dates of their boats.
A group of boats sent to Victorian owners during 1973--74 were allocated the numbers 101 to 105, and were well out ahead of order, and, for a period at that time sail numbers were not issued until the boats joined the association.
|Numbers allocated.||During Year.|