If your requirement for a racing boat is a double-hander that in the right sailing conditions will get up and plain and be a very exciting ride and, if you want a comfortable seating position, a deep floor for your legs, a high boom to make tacking and gybing easy but most importantly a boat that can handle any wind conditions, a boat that is so STABLE you can stand two average adults on the side-deck without the boat capsizing. A boat that you can push, sail hard and even make the odd mistake and the boat will not capsize, it will just look after you.
A boat that if big seas and winds are forecast you can sail with the knowledge the boat is built for and can handle those conditions, you will be safe and you will come off the water with a smile. The improvements made to reduce the buoyancy in the side-tanks on the new Hartley Wanderer was a game changer. Should you get the gybe wrong and the boat capsizes, the boat does not float as high as many other dinghies and this makes the centreboard lower in the water, easier to climb onto and pushing less air in the side-tanks makes the boat come up easier. The difference in the new Wanderer is it is not full of water when righted you just push down the bailers and get on with your racing.
The new boat can be built to your specification be it on a limited budget or with all bells and whistles, you decide your requirements with the knowledge that the Hartley Boats Team will give you sound advice to ensure you get the fit-out right for you.
You can even choose your hull, foredeck, cockpit, non-slip floor colours and have your boat name logo on the side of the hull.
The race boat is stiffer than its cruising sister, its built with foam sandwich and then vacuumed down to give it extra stiffness and rigidity to punch through those big waves and with a hull weight of only 135kgs it is easy to transport, tow, launch and recovery is a doddle.
The Wanderer Class Association is very active with many open race meetings and a National Championship held once a year.
It is a competitive but friendly fleet to sail in, with a good social calendar and at all race events you will have fun and entertainment with a great friendly family atmosphere, you will be made most welcome. When sailed at local club level a Wanderer with a PY of 1193 can do very well and with a good helm can win races.
Buy one boat and get two, the Hartley Wanderer was designed that should the racer want to have a relaxing cruising day with his family, he just pops in the optional back seats, drops in the rear storage locker and the outboard, spare clothing and of course your cheese and wine and you are now ready for a cruising experience.
When we sell a new boat, Hartley Boats likes to complete a full boat handover. Not only to ensure that you understand how to rig your new boat but most importantly that you get the best from your new investment. We also tune your new Wanderer and go through the boat set-up for a beat, reach and run. Together with making sure the launch and recovery of your spinnaker is easy to handle. This helps you enjoy sailing your new boat and helps make sure you come off the water with confidence wanting to return and sail again.
We at Hartley Boats are very proud of our standards and build quality, to demonstrate that statement, we are the only manufacturer to offer a 4-year guarantee. Should it be needed we are able to deliver.