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Greetings and welcome to our constantly
growing pages showing the construction progress of
our newborn Hartley TS16 Trailer Sailer.
You 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!
Originally 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.
Our 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)
Beam = 7'4"
Draught = 9"
(230mm) with centreplate up
4'1" (1245mm) with plate down
length = 6' (1829mm)
berths = 6'3" (1905mm)
Specifications - Rig:
area = 180 sqft (16.56sqm)
125 sqft (11.5sqm)
Jib = 55
Storm jib =
25 sqft (2.3sqm)
117 sqft (10.77sqm)
Mast = 21 ft
Boom = 11 ft
days - the construction jig
view showing Clear Western Red Cedar
framing, (Bote Cote sealed), stringers and
laminated chine logs dry fitted and
view showing bevelled keelson and diagonal
stringers in place
planking and stringers with glue (Bote Cote)
now in place, ready for fixing and cleanup
straps waiting for the next planking panel
view (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
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
is believed to be faster...) with an
external Bote Cote fillet, providing good
abrasion resistance at the most vulnerable
point of the hull
hands at work! Now a brilliant white
and off the jig
Right way up
bow treatment at frame #1
clear finish, foredeck beams in place
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.
the bow looking aft - cockpit and partial
cabin floors dry fitted into place (it's
easiest to do all this before the cabin is
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 front also
The 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
Electrical wiring nicely concealed
now on, internal framing so that the
windows are flush and mountings concealed
almost completed, aft under seat
compartment hatches cut out ready for
fittings. Spot the happy rubbish
We opted for
the large cabin hatch for greater forward
access. Cockpit side coamings are yet to
be fitted. Thanks for your amazing
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 for contrast.
getting there! Final paint, mahogany
trim and on the trailer for a trial fit.
lovely sepelle ply veneered transom.
Beamy little boats, aren't they!
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HARTLEY TS16 TRAILER SAILER AND RELATED LINKS:
Duck Flat Wooden Boats
in South Australia
The Hartley Trailer Sailer
Website in NZ
Fremantle Sailing Club