The New Hartley Contender is a remarkable evolution that further develops the strengths of its successful predecessor, it is a sleek new model that incorporates new engineering and design techniques to overcome the shortcomings that have been limiting factors in earlier models. We are very proud to continue to build this very established class in the centre of the United Kingdom by our family run team based in Derby.
Beautifully faired and optimised with precision accuracy, symmetry and sharpness.
It has a crisp new deck design with:
Improved ergonomics include a wider, deeper cockpit and a higher foredeck which combine to create greater boom clearance, making it easier to execute manoeuvres
Improved drainage – sculpted cockpit shape quickly diverts splash water aft to the unique and efficient drain tubes that are lower and more outboard than before.
Using the most modern and up to date epoxy resin composite techniques we have greatly enhance and improve the stiffness and consistency of the Hull.
Robust laminate specification – stronger than the competitors
Clever engineering has enabled us to deliver a lower centre of gravity and to increase the laminate thickness and materials whilst also keeping within the defined class weight rules
Ingenious new foil designs are sure to leave others in the wake
Unique design allows the centreboard to be positioned up to 50mm further aft in the boat, improving boat balance and feel across all wind ranges.
The advanced cassette rudder and stock offer the convenience of a removable blade whilst also providing all the beneficial attributes of a fixed rudder.
In addition, the Hartley Contender has numerous bespoke fittings and design details to set the new Gold standard and to place it well ahead of the competition.
Further improvements the Hartley Boats team in Derby (UK) alongside Naval Architect Peter Hobson made to the deck are as follows:
Laser aligned Pintle recess to guarantee centreboard and rudder alignment.
Flush transom join
Built-in drain tube flaps
Redesigned transom drain tubes to improve drainage
Narrowed side decks and lower rear tank to make boat float lower in capsize
Reshaped side tanks to improve drainage
Lower cockpit floor to increase room under the boom
Rounded side tanks to make tacking more comfortable
Redesigned centreboard stirrups top give multiple pivot positions
Redesigned centreboard to allow centreboard to move 50mm further aft in the boat for improved balance
Redesigned shroud eye bolts to maximise squaring off the boom
Specially designed mast step integral with control line
Raised foredeck to maximise room under the boom
Redesigned stem fitting to make stronger forestay take-off
Fully moulded bulkheads to improve overall boat stiffness
Increased core thickness to improve boat stiffness
Daggerboard rudder stock
Completely maximised waterline length.
The new Hartley Boats Contender is already racking up race wins, check the active Contender class association for the latest results and events.
Contender like the whole of the Hartley Boats fleet now comes with a standard 4-year industry leading warranty. We believe as a friendly professional company who cares about its customers and products we are ideally placed to help the contender class move forward.