Etap 23iL
Lifting keel

Appeared in 1995, the Etap 23iL is the ultimate evolution of Etap 23 launched in 1982 by the Belgian shipyard. Unlike the 23i which is just a restyled version of the 23, the hull and the keel of the Etap 23iL were reviewed. The bow became almost vertical allowing a little more space in the fore bed and lengthening the waterline. Like her elder she is unsinkable and trailerable. She adopts, in addition, some specific news of the range as the toe rail made of aluminium tube integrating the mooring cleats.

See the Etap 23iL's specifications on

Main Features

ModelEtap 23iL
VersionLifting keel
Sailboat typeCruising monohull
Trailerable monohull
DesignerJac De Ridder
Building years (first/last)1995 / 1999
Number built≈110
PredecessorEtap 23i
SuccessorEtap 24i
ConstructionSandwich foam/fiberglass/polyester
Appendage typeKeel retractable
Ballast typeCast iron
Rudder bladeSingle transom hung rudder
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Length over all25.5 ft
Hull length22.5 ft
Waterline length20.3 ft
Beam over all8.2 ft
Draft (max./min.)4.8 / 2.3 ft
Mast height34.1 ft
Light displacement3417 lbs
Ballast1036 lbs
French customs tonnage3.99 Tx

Rig and sails

Rig typeFractional Sloop (7/8)
MastDeck stepped mast
Rig materialMast and boom in Aluminum
Standing rigging material1x19 strand wire
Number of rows of spreader1
Spreader anglePushing
Spinnaker typeAssymmetrical spinnaker on pulpit
Upwind sailarea311 ft²
Downwind sailarea446 ft²
Mainsail area151 ft²
Genoa area160 ft²
Working jib area110 ft²
Jib area62 ft²
Stormsail area28 ft²
Spinnaker area295 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

26.1 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

9.0 ft

IFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay attachement)

23.8 ft

JFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay)

8.1 ft

LLGenoa hoist measurement (from tack to head)

24.1 ft

LPGenoa perpendicular measurement from clew to luff.

12.2 ft

SLSymmetrical spinnaker hoist measurement (from tack to head)

23.9 ft

SMWSymmetrical spinnaker width

14.6 ft


Ballast ratio30.3 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement200.7 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement287.5 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)7.5
IOR rating16.5 ft

Auxiliary engine

Engine power1 x 6 hp
Power max (optional)1 x 9 hp
Fuel typeGas
Transmission typeOutboard
Propeller typeThree-blade propeller


Number of cabin1
Number of berth4
Fresh water capacity13.2 gal

Based on specification1995

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