Hartley 15 – For Training and Cruising
Launched in 2016 the H15 is the latest of Hartley’s exciting new range of rotomould sailing dinghies. Just like its stable mates the H15 is also a very easy to manage and delightfully responsive dinghy. Particularly suited to those in the early stages of sailing. The Hartley 15 is easily rigged and sailed with a 2 or 3 sail plan. Sail single handed or with up to 5 people on board which makes it ideal for the family or for training.
With a wide beam and deep hull shape this little gem is the ideal platform for experiencing the thrills of spinnaker sailing. The sleek hull lines and centreboard configuration result in a fast moving and exciting ride for experienced sailors. On the other hand the wide beam and deep hull shape provide a more stable learning platform for beginners.
The deep hull shape enables you to sit in this dinghy which is a far more comfortable sailing position for adult sailors! The high boom position and G-Nav system make for much better all around visibility. Also results in less bumps on the head for beginners. The attractive hull shape moves swiftly over the water and self drains effortlessly through 3 self drainers.
The Hartley 15 has a centreboard rather than a daggerboard to enable easy launching. Having a centreboard and an easy up-and-down rudder gives this boat a distinct stability advantage over other dinghies of this size. This feature is particularly helpful in shallow water during launching and recovering. Should you capsize the mast is foam filled at the top to inhibit inversion. Moreover, inbuilt righting lines are provided to help with the righting process. The hoop mounted centre mainsheet ensures there are no lines or bridles at the transom to get in the way.
Hartley 15 Features
- High Boom G-nav system – great visibility & head room
- Centre main hoop sheeting – clear open transom with no aft bridle
- Aluminium Mast, foam filled at top to inhibit inversion
- Swivel pin in mast foot to enable safer/easier mast stepping
- Recessed blocks meaning flush side decks & seating
- Internal shroud anchor points so less snagging and bruising
- Centreboard and rudder have easy up/down systems for launching & recovery
- External rudder fittings to enable easier maintenance
- Large locker under bow with extra wide access door
- Furling jib and slab reefing points in the mainsail
- Both asymmetric and symmetric spinnaker options available
- Large chute opening in bow to allow unhindered spinnaker hoist & drop
- Dry boat with 3 self drainers in cockpit and also deck splash boards
- Independent helm and crew toe straps
- Integrated righting lines and painter (tow line)
- Side & centre keel bands to protect the hull and the tail end
- Low floor with high seating positions for greater comfort for backs & knees
- Dipped thwart section to allow unhindered fore and aft crew movement
- Hidden strengthening bars within the bow & deck for increased rigidity
- Integrated stiffening system within cockpit floor, stiffness increases with load
- Remoulded Polyethylene construction – durable and very low maintenance
- Length: 4.70m
- Beam: 1.80m
- Weight: 139kg
- Mainsail: 8.90m2
- Jib: 3.40m2
- Performance Main: 11.6m2
- Asymmetric Spin.: 14.0 m2
The Hartley 15 dinghy is a wonderfully comfortable boat to sail, the balance and synergy between the hull and the sail area make it a very stable boat that is less likely to capsize than other boats of this size. However part of the excitement of sailing is the ever present possibility of becoming overpowered by the forces of nature and the inevitable capsize that follows. This very nature of dinghy sailing requires that we must always be able to right a boat after a capsize and naturally the easier we can do this the safer it will be.
If and when you capsize this dinghy you will be pleasantly surprised at the ease with which you can right it. The buoyancy in the mast top and the hull in addition with the carefully designed hull shape, result in this dinghy staying in the half way position for a very long time. Therefore giving you ample opportunity to get yourself safely into the recovery position. Even from an in water position it is easy to get onto the centreboard by using the moulded shapes in the hull as hand and foot holds. Once on the centreboard the boat comes upright with minimal effort, even single handed, with the aid of the built in righting lines.
Tested, Tested, Then Tested Again
During capsize tests they found it remarkably difficult to make this boat invert. The high transom arches and lack of any obstruction at the transom provided a clear and unobstructed escape route should anyone end up under the boat. Also having the mainsail sheeted only from the centre of the boat has a distinct safety advantage because it eliminates the likelihood of entanglement in a stern bridle & mainsheet configuration.
After a capsize, because of it’s unique shape and open transom design, the boat comes upright with minimal water in the cockpit, it can then be safely sailed away on any point of sail to eliminate the small amount of water that remains.
The Hartley 15 is available in a number of set-up options, please have a look at the manufacturer’s website or contact us and we can help with pricing and details, please call +852 2827 5876 or use our contact page.