Ive seen them, but not sailed on one. I think they were way ahead of there time, wide stern, long waterline and quite light. They should sail reasonably well, but they might be a handful in gusty stuff on the helm
. The raised deck
and wide stern really gives them lots of room inside.
is prone to rot
, and I would expect a few pockets of soft stuff on most older ply boats, but it is reasonably easy to repair if the rot
hasnt got too much of a toehold.
Hartleys twin keels are also well designed and much better than many more common designs. Look at the modern RM twin keelers and the Barros Pop alu 32 for similar modern designs. At one stage I looked at buying
one, but it didnt quite have the space I needed.
Take this with a pinch of salt
as I haven't actually sailed one, or talked to someone who has.