Having spent thousands of pounds from my pension pot buying the worlds very best 16ft dinghy, the Wayfarer, a dinghy rated at the top of all other dinghies for stability and handling capabilities in big seas with strong wind's.
For many years I asked my naval architect 'could you improve the Wayfarer, can it be done?', the answer was 'YES'.
Hartley Boats are proud to announce the launch of our new Wayfarer TK Trainer.
How, you might ask, can I state that this is the best training boat in the world? It is as follows; the boom is higher (more headroom), controls led back to centre, reefs down in seconds with slab reefing on the main and our furling reefable genoa system. Then, take weight out of the construction and fit a 60kg cast-iron centreboard this making the boat virtually impossible to capsize. When forced over it will not invert and rights itself and, when in water with water on its sails just a little help with one hand on the centreboard and the boat rights.
The boat is so stable and easy to sail.
During testing with full sails, asymmetric kite flying in windy conditions, gybing, sailing single-handed was easy. The decision to take the weight out of the hull and out into the 60kg cast-iron centreboard has delivered a well-balanced training boat that does not require a more powerful rig.
We now have the very best training boat money can buy.