Hartley Boats Ltd

Parcel Terrace, DE1 1LY Derby, Derbyshire
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Telephone +44 1332 369751
Fax +44 1332 290328

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boot 2019 hall map (Hall 15): stand D24

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boot 2019 fairground map: Hall 15

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Boats and Yachts
  • 01.01  Sailing Boats & Yachts
  • 01.01.01  Dinghies
  • 01  Boats and Yachts
  • 01.06  Small Boats
  • 01.06.01  Dinghies


  • 02  Engines and Related Equipment
  • 02.01  Engines / Drives
  • 02.01.02  Outboards Gasoline Four Stroke

Outboards Gasoline Four Stroke

Our products

Product category: Dinghies

Hartley ALPHA Trainer

Ready to sail Just add water !
Entry level and affordable

  • The Alpha trainer is an entry level boat specially designed to introduce the wonders of sailing to the younger generation. 
  • Designed with simplicity and safety in mind this robust little craft will encourage and foster young sailors in the early stages of discovery and the adventures of learning to sail.
  • Ultra simple in its design and rig it is very easy to rig, launch and to sail.
  • Built of Polyethylene and rotor-moulded in one piece it is extremely tough and practically maintenance free, needing only minimal care to withstand the rigours, bumps and scrapes that are often part of the novice's learning curve.
  • Based on the design of one of the worlds most successful dinghies the Opti provides an affordable starting platform for young people and parents who may not yet be ready to take on the full commitment to sailing in a pathway class and also for others who just wish to get started or to enjoy casual fun messing about in boats.

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Product category: Dinghies

Hartley 15

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.

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About us

Company details

It stated in 1988 when keen Kestrel sailors Richard & Mark Hartley became anxious about the future of their beloved boat, new-build had ceased and it looked like the Kestrel had no future. Having enjoyed sailing the Kestrel so much Richard  & Mark didn't want to see it go, they refused to just sit back and let it happen.  To save the class they took the bold decision to invest in the boat, to redesign the interior to bring it up to present day standards with a more contemporary appeal. They felt it was important to give the Kestrel a new look, to produce it using more modern building materials & techniques that would give it a new lease of life & a better future.

They set about the task of re-designing the Kestrel with the help of the renowned yacht designers; Roswell & Morrison. The aim was to make a new boat that would be appealing to both existing Kestrel sailors & to a new generation of sailors. Modifications were discussed with the Kestrel Class Association & with the family of the original designer, Ian Proctor, before carefully implemented them into the new design & the result was a resounding success.

Since those humble beginnings with the Kestrel the Hartley Boats team has moved on from strength to strength. Building with pride, a wide range of beautiful dinghies including; Supernova, Wayfarer, Wanderer, Gull, Osprey, Rebel Skiff, Hartley 10, Hartley 12, Hartley 12.2, Hartley 15, Hartley Tender, Byte Trainer, Byte CI, Byte CII, Alpha Trainer, Blaze & of course the Kestrel. The craftsmen of Hartley boats produce a bespoke range of beautiful boats, each boat reflecting their skill & the skill of the designers. Together we have skillfully managed to update the classic dinghies; Kestrel, Wayfarer, Wanderer, Gull, Blaze & contender in such a way as to be much more appealing, modern in look & sprite in performance whilst also remaining true to the original class designs.

In the successful wake of the re-designs Hartley Boats have continued to work with Phil Morrison, Derek Clarke & Peter Hobson to design & produce a range of fine craft with the Rebel Skiff high performance sports boat at one end of the scale with a full range of entry level Polyethylene fun boats; Hartley 10, Hartley 12 & Hartley 12.2 , Hartley 15 & Alpha Trainer at the other. 

"We have come along way but we still love to Sail our Kestrel, we actively participate in the racing circuit and enjoy supporting the clubs and class association of this and all of the other boats in the Hartley Boats range.  We look forward to seeing you on the water soon.....sailing one of our beautiful boats - of course!" 
Richard & Mark 
At the helm of the Hartley Boats winning team.

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