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The Harrier Dinghy
The Harrier dinghy was commissioned by Lancashire businessman and OK sailer Harold Smith in 1972. He felt he was getting too old for his OK, and so he asked me to design a fast and responsive singlehander which was stable, powerful and easy to handle. He set up a company to market the boat (Delta Dinghies Ltd) and the class had some success in the mid 70s, until 25% VAT and the Laser dinghy caused production to cease in about 1976. About 70 boats were built.
|Length over all||4.27 metres||Beam||1.9 metres||Hull weight||105kg||Sail area||8.73 sq m|
|Portsmouth Number||approx 1110|
HARRIERS TODAY.A Harrier fleet briefly flourished at Whitby in recent years.
Harrier lines drawing
Harrier hull drawings (3D)
Harrier Class Rules
Article from Yachting & Boating Weekly, published 7.02.73
Article by John Driscoll in Yachting & Boating Weekly, published 24.07.74
Article by Wendy Fitzpatrick in Yachts & Yachting, published 23.02.73
Photo of Lawrie Smith sailing the Harrier
Plan of thwarts
Section through thwarts
Original sales literature (1972)
Click on the picture to see a movie of Patrick Blake sailing my Harrier at Pennington Flash, Leigh, Lancs, in the autumn of 1972.
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