Here at Hartley Boats in Derby (UK) we are proud to be building the current MkIV Osprey. For us, it is the Bentley of the sailing dinghy world, its a fast and exciting two-person boat with a trapeze and a generous spinnaker. Built exclusively by Hartley Boats since 2005, the Osprey’s fine lines were modernized by top designer Phil Morrison. The Hartley Boats epoxy MkIV launched in 2016, with a stylish new look which matches the new model’s exhilarating performance.
The Osprey is a fast, exciting boat to sail.
The Osprey’s 5.35-metre length gives it a longer waterline length than almost any dinghy class, and hence a higher maximum speed upwind. The Osprey’s large over-lapping genoa quickly gets it up to maximum speed to windward. Off-wind, feel the acceleration from its generous, 17 square metre spinnaker.
Downwind, the Osprey is equally happy running straight before the wind or heating up on broad reaches. Try three sail reaches for maximum thrills!
In many other classes, good helms and crews find themselves off the pace through being either too heavy or light.
The Osprey class attracts a breadth of crew weights which other classes cannot match. In Ospreys, larger crews may use stiff alloy spars or may straighten their carbon masts, while lighter crews usually choose carbon spars, using more mast bend. So big or small teams can be very competitive. Most Ospreys come with a fully adjustable rig, rake, shrouds and mast strut which are all adjustable on the water. Hence, the Osprey attracts many mixed teams of varying weights.
The Osprey is a big boat, hence a little heavier than smaller competitor boats, and it has great natural stability. It is a perfect boat on which to learn to trapeze, coping easily with big seas, but goes well in all wind conditions.
The Osprey is without a doubt, one of Ian Proctor’s outstanding designs. Dating back to the early 1950s and was one of the first trapeze dinghies. In 2005, Hartley Boats became the Osprey’s sole builder, and they invested in new designs and new moulds, first in 2005 with the Mark IV Osprey, then for a second time in 2016 with the new Mark V.
Production of the new design Osprey, called the Mark IV, started in 2005. The new Osprey attracted many orders from existing Osprey sailors and drew in sailors of other classes. That trend continues with the stylish new Mark V Osprey, which has the same external hull shape as the Mark IV, but an all-new interior, and stiff epoxy construction.
These two successive Hartley Osprey models have catalysed a revival in the class which lasts to this day
The Osprey like the whole of the Hartley Boats fleet now comes with a standard 4-year industry leading warranty.
Here at Hartley Boats we believe we are a friendly professional company that is ideally placed to build this boat, we care about our customers and of course the future for the Osprey fleet.