The Hartley Osprey is without doubt one of Ian Proctors greatest boats. Originally designed to be a contender for an Olympic Class in the early 1950s the Osprey was one of the very first trapeze boats.
Osprey Mark IV Design
In 2004 Hartley Boats commissioned renowned yacht designer Phil Morrison to update and refresh the Hartley Osprey so that they could produce a sleek new Mark IV version. The brief was to ‘produce the best modern Osprey possible whilst maintaining the inherent nature and spirit of the class, to be competitive with the best boats in the class but not render the old boats obsolete.’
The original boat had been designed by Ian Proctor for amateur wooden construction, with the customary measurement tolerances to allow for building variations. By 2004 the class mould was no longer in a good enough state to use, to achieve high standards in GRP production. therefore a new mould was required.
In designing the new mould Phil Morrison worked diligently to ‘optimise’ the new hull shape within the original rules in order that the new boats would be competitive with the best of the existing boats but not outclass them, except naturally, because of their greater age.
In initial discussions, Phil suggested a number of changes that would improve and simplify the boat and also facilitate the construction in GRP. He suggested moving the original thwart position to allow more space for the crew, removing the bilge keels and integrating a small tank to finishing the stern of the boat. Whilst not directly affecting the boats performance, these design changes did require rule changes, all of which were approved by the osprey class and the copyright holder. Simplicity it was decided should be the overriding maxim for the deck layout.
Keeping basic layout simple means that different layouts can be introduced as fashion and technology change. Also existing boats can be brought up to date. It makes foam sandwich construction much easier, stronger and lighter.
The construction around the mast and shroud areas is based on the standard GRP 505, which has remained virtually unchanged for 20+ years. It’s strong, light, stiff and simple.
In general the fit out has been completed in-house by Richard and Mark Hartley who have considerable racing experience in the Hartley Osprey, with a large measure of input from Tim Rush and Phil Morrison again simplicity and ease of operation have been the key words.
A New Beginning
Prior to 2004 no new Ospreys had been built for several years and Osprey sailors were anxious to see a future for their boat. The decision was made to completely redesign the hull and deck moulds and bring the boat up to present day standards.
Late 2004 the task of redesigning the Hartley Osprey commenced. The brief was to make the new Hartley Osprey a boat that would appeal to both existing Osprey sailors and a new generation of sailors. All modifications, changes and plans were discussed at length and approved by the Osprey Class Association before implementation.
Ian Teasdale and Kevin Driver were commissioned to build the plugs and moulds – their knowledge and experience being second to none. The first new boat was produced and tested in September 2005. Since then Hartley Boats have been producing a very high quality boat that sails and handles superbly. A fantastic Osprey that you would be very proud to own.
Hartley Osprey Features
- One Design
- Real Value for Money
- Boat Built to Last
- User Friendly Controls
- Roomy Cockpit
- Sensational Styling
- High Quality Fittings
- Challenging with Outstanding Performance
- Demonstrations always available
The Hartley Osprey is available in a number of set-up options, please go to the official site www.hartleyboats.com to see the full range of options. We are here to help too, feel free to get in touch and we can help with pricing and details, please call +852 2827 5876 or use our contact page.