Hartley 12

From CHF 6’250 inc. VAT
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Key benefits

Ideal for learner and intermediate sailors
Lightweight, safe, stable and fun
Easy to store and transport
CE rated for up to 3 people
No Swiss licence required

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Specifications

Hull length: 3.70 m (12 feet)
Beam: 1.55 m
Hull weight: 62 kg
Sail area: 7 m2
(official Swiss measurement)
CE certified for 3 persons maximum load

Designed by Phil Morrison, the moderniser of the Wayfarer Mark IV, the Hartley 12 is the perfect, fun, lightweight dinghy for learning to sail, whilst still offering a huge amount of fun to experienced sailors. It is ideal for single-handed or double-handed sailing, either under main alone, or with the addition of an optional clip-on jib.

The H12 is supplied as standard with a single sail, a soft-reefable main on a free-standing mast, but it is also available with optional clip-on foresail. A high-performance battened main and uprated controls and fittings are also available as options. The boom is high and the self-draining cockpit deep, so there is minimal need to stoop, even for adults.

This robust rotomoulded dinghy has a centreboard rather than a daggerboard, which vastly reduces the risk of the lifting keel becoming entangled in anything and makes it unique in its class.

The hull weighs just 62 kg and the mast is in two-parts, so the Hartley 12 is really easy to store (indoors or out) and transport (car top or trailer). The cherry on the cake is that it is practically maintenance free, so it is a very well-mannered boat to live with.

Of course, the Hartley 12 excels on safety too. Its wide beam and deep hull make it very stable and forgiving. If you should capsize, it is surprisingly easy for even the smallest and lightest sailors to right with its in-built righting lines, and its inherent buoyancy makes it almost impossible to invert.For added safety, the central mainsheet position and open transom minimise the risk of getting trapped in the event that you end up under the boat.

Our verdict: If the Wayfarer is equivalent to a BMW estate car, the H12 is a Mini Cooper – fast, fun and furious for any level of sailor!

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