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RL24 Capacity
Hello, I have looked at the specifications and searched for more in depth specs but could not find anything more. I was wanting to know the max weight an RL24 can hold, I have a mark 3. Was seeing how much gear and people we could get on board for an overnight trip or something. Thank you for any and all help.
Sterling22-Feb-2015    Edit    Delete 
Re: RL24 Capacity
I;ve heard of families cruising with 2 adults and 4 kids in protected waters.

Four adults would be my limit and two adults and two kids is about right.

Two adults is comfortable fpr longer times aboard.

Gear and equipment needs to be kept to the minimum, there is little storage volume on an RL24.

The RL24 sails best light so expect reduced performance as the weight increases, we cruise with two adults and minimum weight.

My RL24 does not sail well towing the tender, we end up doing lots of motorsailing when towing the tender.
greg23-Feb-2015    Edit    Delete 
Re: RL24 Capacity
Awesome, thank you for the input. Yeah we will probably just do 2 adults and a kid or two then.

One other question then. For the Specifications, where it says working sail area 216 sq ft is that just the main or main and jib combined? Was looking at sending the sails to the cleaners and they charge per sq ft.
Sterling23-Feb-2015    Edit    Delete 
Re: RL24 Capacity
Sail area depends on which sails you have.

http://www.rlyachts.net/drawings24-sail3.asp
greg23-Feb-2015    Edit    Delete 
Re: RL24 Capacity
Apparently the capacity as I understand it, the boat is quite capable of carrying a full size garage +the trailer. (See Episode 10 under RL Story)
I have carried 5 adults, however I found it was much better if at least 1 of those adults spent most of their time up front. Otherwise the outboard hole tends to scoop up a lot of water. We were not racing, but speed wise, it seemed to be OK, once I sat on the bow.
Daveinet23-Feb-2015    Edit    Delete 
Re: RL24 Capacity
An RL24 is more buoyant than you think. I know of one Mk3 that had 18 adults on board for drinks one night.
Our biggest payload whilst sailing was 5 adults and a small dog for an overnighter out from Hervey Bay to go whale watching. We left Urangan with a flattening reef in the main and still managed to crack 7 knots on a reach. It would have been blowing about 15 knots.
Years ago our neighbours, 2 adults and 5 kids (2 of whom were adult size) used to regularly sail out for weekends and were more than competitive in a mixed fleet.

mike26-Feb-2015    Edit    Delete 

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