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New entry in Tips and Modifications
Alan Owen has extensively modified his RL24 adding a bulb keel, rebuilt the cockpit, and added a pop top dodger that can be locked down in heavy weather, when racing or lowering the mast. See it in the Tips and Modifications pages or click here.
Keith Merkley18-Jun-2008    Edit    Delete 
Re: New entry in Tips and Modifications
Some owners certainly are innovative and do a great job on alterations and additions to their boats, BUT, if you are considering making alterations or adding more weight PLEASE make sure that you have not compromised the floatation built in to the hull,and if you have added more weight add the equivalent amount of floatation.
The RL24s and 28s have a great saftey record considering the usage that they have had over the last thirty five years, and it would be a pity to spoil that record, and put lives at risk.
Rob.18-Jun-2008    Edit    Delete 
Re: New entry in Tips and Modifications
I have a standard RL24 Mk4 (drop keel). Perhaps I missed something but she is fine "as built". She is also not a keel boat and its surprising how easy it is to keep her trim, efficient and safe.

The skiff rig only has a main, jib and spinnaker so the modest sail lockers are fine. The rig works wonderfully well from 0 to 20 knots of wind singlehanded or with crew with no sail changes.

I have a bimini and the cockpit drains properly because she floats high with her light weight.

The one improvement I have made is to put her on a good new trailer because those old trailers are not up to modern needs.

Rob I have to second your comments, lightness and flotation are key characteristics that make the RL24 safe.
Greg 19-Jun-2008    Edit    Delete 

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