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RL 24 ballast
I have been looking at the RRS on page 139 (3.03(c)) and I am a little confused. Although I am informed that the RL24 requires a keel lock down, but can anyone tell me what the percentage of fixed ballast is. It is my understanding that an RL24 is self righting, even with the keel in the up position. Couldn't find anything in the spec's on the RL site. A little feedback would be appreciated.

Craig Clarke 4-Aug-2004    Edit    Delete 
RL24 ballast
RL24s have all their ballast in their keels. I have not heard of an RL24 with fixed ballast in the hull, generally the hull design does not have space designed to hold fixed ballast.

To the best of my knowledge all RL24s need the keel down to achieve stable self righting. It would be unwise to raise sails without the keel down on an RL24.

Early Mk1 and some Mk4 RL24s have minimum keel weights that just achieve self righting of the empty boat.

Greg17-Aug-2004    Edit    Delete 
Re: RL 24 ballast
can external ballast be added to a RL24?
8-Oct-2004    Edit    Delete 
Re: RL 24 ballast
Surely ofver the years someone must have tried adding externial ballast to such a tender boat as an RL24 can anyone let me know what were the results, as I am thinking of doing it myself, Thanks!
Craig friend13-Oct-2004    Edit    Delete 
Re: RL 24 ballast
I am also interested in this, I have acquired an old RL and have not yet sailed her, but want at least the same stability as an Embassy/Kestrel 18, Hartley TS18, or similar.

Looking at the hull shape of an RL24 I imagine adding 100kg to 200kg each side of the centreboard case is possible. It would be 10 to 20 litres volume in lead.

Has anyone experimented? At first I thought it would ruin the planing ability of a great boat, then I saw pics of RL24 yachts planing with more than that weight in extra crew aboard.

I sail exclusively in Whitsunday waters where our usual sailing conditions are 20 knots +/- and 1.5 to 2.5 metre breaking seas.
A normal week's sailing is nothing like the post cards :-)



RossD16-Mar-2013    Edit    Delete 

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