Established.....Hartley & Brookes boat plans
is the oldest business of it's kind. Since the first plans were
sold for home construction in 1938, it is estimated that in excess
of 100,000 Hartley Boats have been built. Apart from 'class dinghys',
there are probably more Hartley Boats throughout the world than
any other designer. And probably more Hartley ferro-cement boats
than all other ferroboat designers added together.
The Designers....Hartley boats have all been designed in house
by Colin Brookes, Richard Hartley, Jock Read and John Avent.
Samson boats have been designed by John Simpson, John Samson,
Cecil Norris, P.Noble, T.Timmerman, W.Reid.
To Ocean Cruisers.....Hartley
& Brookes boat plans are distributed worldwide. Have been
built from Iceland to Tasmania. Cruised the canals of Europe.
Sailed the Great Lakes of America. Fished in Canada. Chartered
in Croatia, and even trailered through the Great Australian Outback.
Competed in thousands of sailboat races, from club sailing in
Hong Kong, Oman and England, to the 'Cape to Rio', 'Auckland
to Fiji', 'Auckland to Noumea', and 'Sydney Hobart', ocean races.
Hartley & Brookes powerboats have raced the Papua New Guinea
backwaters, to the offshore races of South Africa, Australia
and New Zealand.
And Work Boats.....Hartley
& Brookes boats are used for all forms of fishing and commercial
work worldwide. Some as workboats straight from our plans. Many
as adaptions of our tried and tested pleasure boat plans. Our
workboats have been used and accepted by many governments and
official bodies, from the Singapore Harbour Authority, to the
Danish Fisheries College, and the Kenya game fishing industry
to the Vanuatu Republic's fisheries. Anglers have hooked from
our small boats off the coasts of England, Malta, Holland and
Norway. Fisherman have dived from our boats for Abalones off
the coast of America and Crayfish off the coast of New Caledonia.
Achievements.....Since their introduction, our boats
either professional or amateur built, have logged thousands of
major achievements in skill and endurance by both craft and skipper.
Many have made global circumnavigations and ocean crossings.
Some examples are Atlantic crossing in a 'Hartley 16'. First
woman solo Cape Town to England. First woman solo crossing of
the Tasman Sea. Peter Freeman in his home built 'Hartley 32',
held the monohull single handed round the world non-stop sailing
record for boats under 50' for almost 20 years.