At Hunts we are fortunate enough to have a number of club boats for use on training courses and also by those members who have not yet bought a boat of their own, or wish to use a suitable boat for guests. Hire is only available to club members, and with the exception of the club Toppers and Optimists, boats must be sailed with a club member on board.
These boats are available for hire at very reasonable rates, but can only be booked in advance for use on training courses. Otherwise a first-come, first-served system is used.
Oppies and Optimists
These are great boats for the youngest sailors in the family. They are small single handers with very basic, uncomplicated controls. Sail area is just over 3.5m and the boat is 2.3m in length.
A very popular single hander, suitable for small adults and children, the topper is an excellent way to enjoy both crusing and racing, and an ideal starter boat. Sail area is just over 5m and the boat is 3.4 metres in length. We now also have a small number of 4.2m sails for slightly lighter sailors The club toppers are currently aft sheeted, meaning you tack facing backwards.
A fun boat for the small adult or larger child. The Pico is centre sheeted, meaning you tack facing forwards, and has a sail area of just over 5m, and can also be sailed by two, with a small jib.
We have a number of lasers available, with rigs to suit all sizes. All the lasers are centre sheeted, and have a hull length of 4.23m.
The rig choices are:
4.7, with a sail area of 4.7m, suitable for larger children.
Radial, with a sail area of 5.7m, suitable for the smaller adult or teenager.
Standard, with a sail area of 7.06m, suitable for the average adult.
An excellent all round dinghy, the GP14 is great for cruising two up or with the family, for racing and for training. It has a mainsail, genoa, giving a sail area of 9.55m and an optional traditionally shaped spinnaker, adding a further 8.36 of sail. The boat is stable and uncomplicated, making it ideal for beginners.
Good for racing or cruising, the 4.6m long RS Vision offers both a jib and mainsail, giving a sail area of 12.2m, plus an optional asymmtric spnnaker, with a sail area of 12.6m. The Vision can be cruised with two adults and two children or raced by two adults. You must be over 18 to hire the Vision, or if under 18 able to demonstrate to the Duty Officer that you can to sail to RYA level 2 standard.