The L16 is sloop-rigged sailboat. The "L" is for the designer, A. E. (Bill) Luders, and the sixteen represents the waterline length of the boat.
L16s are twenty-six feet long overall and have a working sail area of 207 square feet. The boats have a small cuddy cabin with sitting headroom and, optionally, two berths for spartan overnight accommodations.
Production wooden L16s were built in the post-World War II years by Luders Marine. The hulls were hot-molded from five one-eighth inch plys of mahogany. In the sixties and seventies, fiberglass reproductions were built by International Plastics Corporation, then by Midwest Marine and Easterly Yachts. In all, close to 300 L16s were produced.
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|Length Overall||26' 4"|
|Length at Water Line||16' 4"|
|Sail Area||207 square feet|
|Ballast||1600 pounds lead|
|Main||158 square feet|
|Jib||61 square feet|
|Genoa||108 square feet|
|Spinnaker||298 square feet|