Hartley 12

Trainer - Cruiser - Racer

The Hartley 12:

The Hartley 12 is a very easy to manage and delightfully responsive rotomould dinghy. This attractive dinghy is particularly suited to those in the early stages of sailing. The Hartley 12 is so easy to sail, it's wide beam and deep hull shape allow it to be quite tolerant and forgiving of the kind of  developmental mistakes made by less experienced sailors.


The Hartley 12 comes with a single reef-able sail and has a clip on jib option. The deep hull shape enables you to sit-in this dinghy which a far more comfortable sailing position for adult sailors and much kinder on the knees than sit-on styles! The high boom position makes for much better all around visibility and less bumps on the head for beginners.

The attractive hull shape moves swiftly over the water and self drains effortlessly.


The Hartley 12 has a centreboard rather than a dagger-board to enable easy launching, having a centreboard and an easy up-and-down rudder gives this boat a distinct advantage over other dinghies of this size during the launching and recovering of the boat.


The soft sail can be easily reefed by simply rotating the mast and wrapping the excess sail neatly around the mast to reduce the sail area. There is a optional clip on jib and a high performance mainsail available for enhanced performance and additional excitement.

The mast comes in two pieces for ease of transport on a car top or road trailer.


The Hartley 12 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 pleasently surprised at the ease with which you can right it. The buoyancy placement and hull shape result in this dinghy staying in the half way position for a very long time, 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.


During capsize tests we found it remarkably difficult to make this boat invert. We were pleased to note that 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. 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 cocpit, it can then be safely sailed away on any point of sail to eliminate the small amount of water that remains.


Length 3.70m (12?)
Beam 1.55m
Draught 1.08m
Weight 62kg
Sail area 7.1m2
Jib 2.0 m2
Performance Main 7.5 m2

Following independent RYA testing - Hartley 12 dinghies proudly display their CE categorisation:

Optional Extras

The Hartley 12 comes ready to sail with a soft reef-able mainsail with options for a battened mainsail and clip on jib.

Prices start from just:


Cruiser £3,695.00 Inc. Vat

Trainer £3,098.00 Ex. Vat

Racer   £3,995.00 Inc. Vat

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