Much of what has been said
for the pretty 21 will also apply to the Jaguar 23. Designed by John Mullins,
she was the follow up to the 21, & is styled identically: no bad thing
as it makes her one of the best looking yachts of her type.
However, the 23 was not the
success in sales terms that the 21 was, being succeeded by the Castro designed
24, possibly so that Jaguar would have something to compete more directly
with the likes of Hunters excellent Horizon 23. The J23 was in production
until the mid 80s. At the time of writing I have no record of numbers built.
Construction & layout
below are basically the same as the 21; the rig again being an easily handled
fractional rig with loose footed main. Compared to her contemporaries of
the period, despite being aimed perhaps at those with a young family, she
carried a greater sail area, & sails well in light airs.
Some may feel that the lifting
keel model a little tippy, so Jaguar later offered a twin keel variant,
& a report at the time praised its sailing abilities. This added over
300KG to her ballast. I believe ( but I’m not sure) that only 4 of the twin
keel variants were built, which would explain why I couldn’t find one, when
I was looking for one…………….
The interior on the bilge
keel variant differs to the lift keel, & has a galley running down the
We also have a, seemingly
unique, 23 in the association, "THISTLE RUBH", previously, "FIVE-O",
which, built in 1991, may have been a developmental boat, in response to
the 23 lifting keel, yet satisfying the performance oriented customer. This
yacht has a fixed fin & an inboard diesel; both of which, I’m informed,
appear to be original features, as she has no outboard well fitted.
Summary by L. Milton