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Hartley 12.2 - good boat for sailing school?

I'm loosely connected to a local university's sailing center. They taught me to sail, and I still sail dinghy's there fairly often. In any case, they are thinking about replacing some of the fleet that they use for teaching - currently MIT Tech's and FJ's, and they asked me to come try a demo Hartley 12.2 that is a candidate. It was ok - fast, asym spinnaker, fairly comfortable inside. It didn't seem to point up-wind very well, and I was a little concerned that the rig seemed to be made of cheaper components. I don't know if the rig is really as flimsy as it looks, and I also don't know if the components are thus both less durable and less expensive to repair. One other concern that I had is that the beginner's boat they have used in the past, the MIT Tech, only has a mainsail, which simplifies the initial learning process.

In any case, I would love to hear any feedback anyone has on the Hartley 12.2, it's durability, ease and expense of repair, and any thoughts on it's use for instructional classes - both kids and adults at complete beginner and intermediate levels.

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Re: Hartley 12.2 - good boat for sailing school?

All I know of these boats is they are not in any way related to Richard Hartley's venerable old Hartley TS12 from years ago.

FWIW, if you're looking for an instructional class, most clubs over here now use one of Elliott's designs eg. the Elliott 6 which are an ISAF-recognised olympic class that the students can then go on to use in international competition, should they choose to.
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