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Stability, space and sparkling performance

RS Venture Connect
RS Venture Connect
The self-righting keelboat version of the exciting and versatile RS Venture, with space for multiple sailors and a wide range of options to customise the boat for training, cruising, racing and para sailing.

RS Venture model range:
RS Venture S – - GRP centreboard
RS Venture SE – - Steel ballasted centreboard
RS Venture Connect – - Lifting keel with lead bulb

The RS Venture Connect uses the same hull as the centreboard models and incorporates a vertical lifting keel for self-righting capability and a self-draining cockpit with large aft stowage locker. The keel lifts simply so the boat can be easily transported ashore, slipway launched and kept afloat on a mooring.

The huge cockpit means the RS Venture can seat up to eight people and wide side decks with secure inner seats give a range of options to suit uncertain beginners, families and experienced sailors.

A full range of para sailing equipment options mean the boat can be configured to suit virtually all disabilities. Options include single or twin seats, manual joystick, electronic joystick and sip/puff steering.


Stability & Safety

  • Exceptionally stable and self righting
  • 130kg keel with lead bulb and aluminium alloy fin
  • Removable keel hoist post and winch for easy keel lifting & lowering
  • Twin rudders for exceptional control in all conditions
  • Self draining cockpit - transom drain tubes quickly clear spray and rainwater
  • Non-slip grip surfaces throughout the entire cockpit


  • Capacity for multiple crew
  • Wide uncluttered cockpit with inner seating as well as comfortable side-decks
  • Mast well forward to give huge cockpit space
  • Strut vang above the boom gives more space and safety for the crew
  • Multiple storage options including a large aft locker – big enough for an outboard and camping gear


  • Easily handled by beginners
  • Sparkling performance and incredible range of sailing options for experts
  • Can be stored afloat on a mooring
  • Easy keel-lift for convenient launching and transport ashore
  • Keep your boat in one place – or explore fantastic new venues


  • Durable composite GRP hull construction
  • Thick woven GRP skins and 3mm Coremat laminate, under a double layered gelcoat – RS Venture will stand up to intense use.
  • Optional rubber gunwale fendering
  • Optional aluminium keelband on hull bilge rails – protection when grounding

Rig & Sail Configuration options

  • Durable Dacron mainsail and furling jib for training or cruising
  • Connect R race spec Mylar mainsail and high denier Dacron jib
  • Asymmetric gennaker or symmetrical spinnaker options
  • Trapeze pack option – for training or young sailor fun.

Para Sailing - Plug in and Play

  • Full range of options which can be added or removed as required
  • Allows the same boat to be used for either able bodied or disabled sailing
  • Reconfigure the boat quickly to suit virtually anyone
  • A significant step forward and huge advantage for many sailing centres

Single forward facing seat

  • Adjustable seat position and foot rest for various size sailors

Twin forward facing side-by-side seats

  • Easy communication between sailors
  • Adjustable seat position and foot rests for various size sailors
  • Plenty of additional cockpit space for an instructor or coach

Manual joystick steering

  • Twin joysticks for steering from centreline or either of the twin seats

Electronic steering systems

  • Manual joystick or sip/puff systems
  • Steering ram fitted on aft locker lid
  • Battery and electronic control box fitted in aft locker - removable

Control line console

  • Required with the forward facing seats
  • Brings all key sheets and control lines within reach of seated sailors
  • Adjustable height and reach for various size sailors

Storm sails

  • Reduced size mainsail and jib
  • For use with the forward facing seats

More RS Venture accessories

  • Top cover – breathable
  • Launching trolley
  • Road trailer combi base
  • Rubber gunwale protection
  • Alloy keel band
  • Transom boarding ladder
  • Outboard motor transom bracket
  • Anchor pack
  • Trapeze pack
  • Fenders
  • Antifoul paint below the waterline


Standard Optional RS Venture Connect RS Venture S RS Venture SE RS Venture Connect
Designers Phil Morrison / RS Sailing      
Length 4.9m (16'4")      
Beam 2m (6'8")      
Centreboard GRP      
Centreboard - ballasted Steel - 60kg      
Keel (vertical lifting) Lead bulb      
Draft (keel down) 0.9m (3' 2")      
Draft (keel raised) 0.3m (0' 10")      
Air Draft (mast above water) 7m (23')      
Weight (hull) 198kg (436 lbs)      
Mainsail - Dacron - with reefing system 11m2 (118sqft) reefs to 9.1m2 (98sqft)      
Jib - Dacron 3.8m2 (41sqft)      
Jib Furling system      
Storm mainsail & jib (required for use with forward facing seats) Can be ordered in lieu of std sails      
Race mainsail & jib Availability to be advised      
Asymmetric Gennaker 14m2 (150sqft)      
Symmetrical Spinnaker 10.5m2 (113sqft)      
Mast - aluminium alloy      
Boom - aluminium alloy With single line reefing system      
Lifting Rudder + stock + tiller + extension      
Centre-mainsheet arrangement      
Rear stowage locker      
Single forward facing seat Para sailing      
Twin forward facing seats Para sailing      
Central sheeting & controls console Para sailing      
Manual joystick steering Para sailing      
Electronic joystick steering Para sailing      
Sip / puff electronic steering Para sailing      
Rubber gunwhale protection Factory fitted      
Alloy keel band protection Factory fitted      
Mast head float      
Transom boarding ladder      
Outboard motor transom wear pads      
Anchor pack Includes: anchor, warp, chain, bag      
Top cover Breathable polycotton      
Road trailer combi base      
Antifouling paint below waterline      


"“...it is simply a great family dinghy for mum, dad, the kids, dogs and friends to go exploring together. For those who have a holiday cottage on the water then the Venture is the perfect accessory”"
Andi Robertson Yachting Life

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