Launched in 2016 the H15 is the latest of the Hartley boats exciting new range of rotomould sailing dinghies. Just like its stable mates the H15 is a very easy to manage and delightfully responsive dinghy that is 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, it can be sailed 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 while the wide beam and deep hull shape provide a more stable learning platform for beginners.
The Hartley 15 is a very versatile craft and can be sailed with one, two or three sails depending on experience, the wind or number of crew.
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 an G-nav system make for much better all around visibility and 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 dagger-board 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 and this feature is particularly helpful in shallow water during launching and recovering. should you capsize the mast is foam file at he top to inhibit inversion and inbuilt righting lines are provided to help with the righting process. The main sheet is centre mounted on a hoop so there are no lines or bridles at the transom to get in the way should you wish to slide back into the boat that way.
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 excitiment of sailing is the ever present possibility of becoming overpowered by the forces of nature and the inevatable 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 in the mast top and the buoyancy placement in the hull along with the carefully designed 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 likelyhood 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.
Following independent testing the Hartley 15 proudly displays the CE rating:
Length | 4.70m
Beam | 1.80m
Weight | 139kg
Mainsail | 8.90m2
Jib | 3.40m2
Performance Main| 11.6m2
Asymmetric Spin. | 14.0 m2
We have a full range of optional extras and accessories to help you tailor your Hartley 15
to your own spacific requirements.
This Hartley 15 comes ready to sail with Mainsail and Jib
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