Hartley TS16 Trailer Sailer - Page 1:
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and welcome to our constantly growing pages showing the construction progress
of our newborn Hartley TS16 Trailer Sailer.
simply can't be in the famous America's Cup defence coastal city of Fremantle,
surrounded by the waters of the Indian Ocean and the Swan River without
sailing a boat!
designed by New Zealander Richard Hartley, the TS16 is the most popular
trailer sailer in Australia. It is a clean lined, unsinkable conventional
trailer yacht which sleeps 2 comfortably and has proven its performance
and versatility over 40 years. It is light, easy to rig, launch and retrieve
and can be towed comfortably by a four cylinder car.
beautiful timber hull was constructed by the dedicated craftsmen at Duck
Flat Wooden Boats in Mount Barker, South Australia and the fitting
out and rigging has been completed by ourselves here in Fremantle, near
Perth, Western Australia.
Specifications - Hull:
= 16'5" (5 Metres)
= 7'4" (2235mm)
= 9" (230mm) with centreplate up
= 4'1" (1245mm) with plate down
length = 6' (1829mm)
of berths = 6'3" (1905mm)
= 800lb (363kg)
Specifications - Rig:
sail area = 180 sqft (16.56sqm)
= 125 sqft (11.5sqm)
= 55 sqft (5.06sqm)
jib = 25 sqft (2.3sqm)
= 117 sqft (10.77sqm)
= 21 ft (6401mm)
= 11 ft (3353mm)
Early days - the construction
Aft view showing Clear
Western Red Cedar framing, (Bote Cote sealed), stringers and laminated
chine logs dry fitted and glued
Bow view showing bevelled
keelson and diagonal stringers in place
Partial planking and stringers
with glue (Bote Cote) now in place, ready for fixing and cleanup
Butt straps waiting for
the next planking panel
(still upside down on the jig) of the routed coated stringers and hull
bottom, precoated and cleaned up. Some temporary butt strap screws
are holding the bottom planking fair in place while the glue sets off
Light glass wetting out
with Bote Cote over the Gaboon Ply hull planking. The slight rounding
of the double chines required for good cloth 'lay' will be re sharpened
(the sharp, or hard
chine is believed to be
faster...) with an external Bote Cote fillet, providing good
additional abrasion resistance
at the most vulnerable point of the hull
All hands at work!
Now a brilliant white and off the jig
way up at last!
Inside bow treatment at
clear finish, foredeck beams in place
Main cabin bulkhead installed,
companionway cut out yet to be made. Cockpit floor, cabin berth and flotation
tank web framing fitted. The transom will be sepelle ply veneered.
from the bow looking aft - cockpit and partial cabin floors dry fitted
into place (it's easiest to do all this before the cabin is built)
view showing the companionway step-down and open access hatches for the
centrecase / centreboard pivot bolt
cabin beams and sides fitted, original Mk1/1b TS16 style side windows cut
- we like the option of 2 windows per side and will have 2 in the cabin
aft few beams will be cut for the cabin hatch once the roof is on
seats before the side decking goes on. There is plenty of room for watertight
storage under them with access from both within the cabin forward and via
side hatches aft
Electrical wiring nicely concealed
roof now on, internal framing so that the windows are flush and mountings
well almost completed, aft under seat compartment hatches cut out ready
for fittings. Spot the happy rubbish bin...
opted for the large cabin hatch for greater forward access. Cockpit side
coamings are yet to be fitted. Thanks for your amazing craftsmanship, Dave!
companionway opening now cut to full width and traditionally rounded, cockpit
side coamings fitted and deck sanded ready for light glass/Bote Cote. 3"x2"
oregon mast compression post yet to be fitted in cabin. Trim, combing cap
and sheer capping will all be in mahogany and transom in sepelle ply veneer
we're getting there! Final paint, mahogany trim and on the trailer
for a trial fit.
that lovely sepelle ply veneered transom. Beamy little boats, aren't
WAY TO PAGE 2....!
TS16 TRAILER SAILER AND RELATED LINKS:
Flat Wooden Boats in South Australia
Trailer Sailer Website in NZ
TS16's in Australia