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Richard Hartley grew up in Lancashire in the heart of the English Lake -District. He has had a love of boats and all things water since early childhood. His passion is dinghy sailing but it was not always that way. Richard had a bad, almost tragic, early sailing experience that might have put him off for life but was never one to shy away from a challenge, giving sailing a second try some years later, this time in a more stable and suitable boat. This second experience was altogether a better one and he was hooked - passionate about sailing ever since. With Mark his son and business partner, he enjoys competing in a packed schedule of racing events. Richard and the Hartley Boats team travel year round to clubs and training centres in support of their full dinghy sail boat range.

'To win over and attract new customers away from competing interests and into Sailing we need to work hard to get our message out and to invite newcomers in. We believe our job is to provide the means for more people to easily try Dinghy Sailing. To provide boats that are stable and comfortable enough to put newcomers at ease, boats that install confidence and allow for the fun to quickly take over. The importance of using the right equipment to deliver a good first experience must not be underestimated. Sailing, as with any sport, requires training and practice to achieve proficiency. We must provide the best training equipment so that learners enjoy the learning process and progress more quickly. Confidence grows when the learners feel safe and secure. Participants having fun are more likely to get hooked and stay in the sport. That is why our Wayfarer, Wanderer and Gull training boats are built with stability, security and ease of sailing as a top priority.'

The Hartley Boats Range


Speedbreed, Wayfarer, Wanderer, Gull


Kestrel, Wayfarer, Wanderer, Gull


Speedbreed, Kestrel, Supernova

Hartley Boats is based in the UK.

You can find more details at

email Richard Hartley - ManagingDirector

Telephone + 44 (0)1233 629186

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