|I have been involved with the RL24 for over 18 years and have sailed on all the different Marks even though I have only owned Mark 4's. |
In the late 80's the Victorian Association developed a Boat Show Handout Brochure on the RL24, I scanned the part of it that gave a good but brief diffinition off the types (Marks) of the RL24. Prior to the Mark description there is a brief list giving a number of reasons for owning an RL24 back in the 80's and still relevant today.
Extract - RL24 Handout Brochure
The RL24 has stood the test of time in the highly competitive trailable yacht arena. The RL.24 was first produced in 1975 as a fast, cruising yacht, but quickly made its mark on the racIng scene.
The design concept, which won the Australian Design Award in the seventies, is still relevant in the eighties. Naturally there have been some changes over the years, but the original concept and basic profile remains the same.
YOU WON'T NEED A NEW CAR TO TOW YOUR RL24
The RL24 was originally designed with family cruising (and budget) in mind and the class rules have been developed accordingly.
-With a minimum weight of 750kg the RL can be towed behind the average family car.
-The specially designed single axle, tilt trailer allows the boat to be launched and retreived by one person, in just 300mm of water .
-The simple sail plan and uncomplicated rig make for easy rigging in a short time.
-Class rules restrict the number of sails to 4, which allow those on a tight budget to remain competitive.
-The roomy cabin and large cockpit offer maximum flexibility of layout. The addition of a boom tent increases the "living space" dramatically.
-For those on a bigger budget, the DEVELOPMENT CLASS permits experimentation with new rig designs and exotic, lightweight materials.
-The yacht is self righting with the keel locked down, and will float when filled with water .
EXISTING RL24's COME IN THE FOLLOWING CONFIGURATIONS:
Mark I: Swing keel-lOOkg, High rounded combings, Removable cabin floorboards
Mark 2: Introduced in 1976. Cockpit floor and seats raised giving more room in the quarterberths and self draining cockpit. Aft side decks eliminated, foredeck changed (wider cockpit combings). Full furniture mould, including false floor added Swing keel-150kg.
Mark 3: Introduced 1977. Hull freeboard raised IOOmm increasing internal area. Sink unit (furniture mould) replaced by ice-box unit. Swing keel-180kg.
Mark 4: As for mark 3 but swing keel replaced by foil section drop keel-125kg. Optional furniture mould available.