Hartley H12 -2

http://www.porters.org.uk/IMAGES/imgAB.jpgHartley H12 -2 – the ultimate flexible sailing package.  The H12 -2 can be sailed is a dinghy that can be sailed by a single, double or three man crew, with a single, twin and three sail combination. The third sail, the spinnaker,  can be either traditional (symmetric) or asymmetric (gennaker) spinnaker which is introduced from the moulded in spinnaker chute. This gives the most variation of possibilities for a sailing group to forward training or a family to experience a wide range of techniques and sail trimming.

 The H12 -2 uses the same hull as the H12 which is a Rotomoulded Polyethylene boat but unusually featuring the lifting centreboard and rudder for ease of use in shallow waters. This same hull is wide and deep aiding stability which with the self draining cockpit empties the hull in a very fast and efficient manner. The shape of the hull gives an exhilarating performance, a smooth ride and nimble handling character to this brilliant design.

 With the possibility of the extra sail area sailing in stronger breezes could result in the odd mistake which could lead to a minor capsize. However the H12-2 is almost impossible to invert due to its design and use of materials and so it is easy to right by even light crews. The inclusion of righting lines, hand holds and hull design make re-boarding the boat easy even from the water.

 The high open arched transom give an easy exit route should one find that they are under an upturned hull.


  • http://www.porters.org.uk/IMAGES/imgAC.jpgSuitable for beginner and intermediate adult and youth sailors.
  • Easy to manage on and off the water – exciting performance
  • Can be enjoyed by 1, 2 or 3 up sailing combinations
  • Deep roomy cockpit that is easy on the knees
  • High boom clearance – nor need to worry about heads and backs
  • Lifting centreboard and rudder to make launching and recovery easier
  • Simple to rig, launch and transport
  • Two part mast to enable car topping or trailing
  • Three layer very hard wearing Polyethylene construction
  • Almost maintenance free , can be stored inside or out



  • Soft reef-able mainsail (standard)
  • Dacron jib (standard
  • Battened high performance mainsail (option)
  • High performance racing jib (option)
  • Traditional spinnaker set up (option)
  • Asymmetric spinnaker set up (option)
  • Regular racing controls (option)
  • Performance control systems (option)




Hull length

3.70metres (12 feet)



1.55 m


Hull weight



Mainsail (std)

7.10 m2


High performance mainsail 

7.5 m2



 2.0 m2



 7.80 m2



7.06 m2








PY rating

1250 (provisional)



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