RL24, RL28, and RL34 Trailable Yachts
from Rob Legg Yachts

RL Yacht Owner's Discussion Forum

Your Name:
Email Address:
Password: ( Needed to edit or delete this message.)
Message Title:
Text of Message:
Add an Image:
An image can also be attached to this listing. Click "Browse" to select the image file on your PC. It can be a JPEG or a GIF file. The file will be uploaded to the server, scaled to fit, and will appear beside the entry.

Replying to:RL24 Outboard motors
G'Day all. I've been reminded of a promise I made at the last AGM to put together some form of proposal regarding a minimum horsepower of engine when racing an RL24. The issue arises because the rule in the Blue Book is a little vague, requiring the engine to push an RL at a certain boatspeed into a headwind. This appears to be leading to a situation where owners are able to stick a lightweight 2 hp engine on the stern and assert that it has passed the required test. I don't think this is healthy for the Association. Of course when racing we would all prefer not to have dead weight sitting in the stern, but it is an issue of safety that we can't avoid. Further, I don't think it's healthy for one boat to be able to perform better than the next due to having 20kg less hanging off the stern. On the flip side, there are a number of owners who, for various reasons, have difficulty lifting the larger motor and have purchased smaller outboards for that reason. My own feeling is that an RL24 really does need a 5hp outboard to get out of trouble in adverse conditions, and it's my intention to draft an amendment to the class rules to reflect this. However, I'd like to hear others' thoughts on the matter so I'll leave it for 2 weeks and see what comes of the discussion. Let's call it a Green Paper.