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Stunning keelboat offering beautiful handling & tactical racing RS Elite for sale from £33,450

RS Elite
The RS Elite combines beautiful handling, tactical racing and performance
A real sailor’s keelboat equally at home fleet or handicap racing

Great Class events and hugely enthusiastic owners combine with a keelboat that handles beautifully, requires minimal maintenance and can be raced by men and women of most ages. The RS Elite – Stunning.

The RS Elite is a modern classic style keelboat that is simply delightful to sail and offers close tactical one-design racing and competitive handicap performance.

The easily driven hull, with high ballast ratio, is both forgiving and fast – quicker around the track than many more extreme sportsboat classes. Yet the RS Elite can be handled by men and women across the age range, with low loads and an efficient layout.

RS Elite sailors love their boats – and once you’ve sailed one or, even better, been to an event, it’s easy to understand why.

“I am high on winning probably the best regatta I have had the privilege of being a part of” Crauford McKeon – RS Elite National Champion 2010 + 12

Looking to buy an RS Elite? Find out more about the RS Elite in the following pages.

Features

“On any point of sailing the Elite is a nimble boat and a joy to sail” Matthew Sheahan - Technical Editor Yachting World

Great looks

  • Whether it is the first time that you first see your boat, or the hundredth time you look at the photo on the office wall, a good-looking boat gives pride of ownership.
  • Designed by Phil Morrison and developed by the RS team, the RS Elite turns heads wherever she goes.

Beautiful handling

  • Finger light steering and masses of stability make the RS Elite a joy to sail. And a boat in balance is boat that can be easily driven to surprising speeds.
  • A fine bow, long narrow hull, balanced rudder and easily controllable rig ensure the Elite puts a smile on your face from the moment you hoist the sails.

Performance

  • High pointing and fast upwind speeds, plus pace downwind that surprises most sailors by rising effortlessly into double figures and high teens at maximum.
  • The RS Elite is quicker around the track than many sportsboats, but without the drama.

Convenience

  • The Elite maximises the pleasure of owning a racing keelboat by minimising the hassle:
  • Shallow draft & symmetrical spinnaker - allow the Elite to be competitively raced as a class or on handicap, just about anywhere.
  • Low maintenance - means more time on the water. Solid GRP construction - encapsulated bulb keel - simple systems.
  • Three crew - makes putting a racing crew together easy. In fact the handling systems, weight tolerant design, Class Rules and spacious cockpit allow a choice of two, three or four sailors. So from two mates to a young family, many options are possible and competitive.
  • No Hiking
  • One Design - ensures that Elite racing will be close and tactical. You'll win on the water, not at the bank. Strict production controls and Class Rules ensure top performance straight out of the box.
  • Self draining and unsinkable
  • Easy to tow - behind a medium size car.
  • Low cost - exceptional value for a boat of this type.

Racing Options

  • Fleet Racing
  • Club fleets are growing and undoubtedly this will be a very popular reason for choosing the boat.In addition, the ease with which the boat can be trailed will make regattas at home and overseas a very attractive option. Big events such as Cowes Week with their Elite fleet starts, plus the National Championships give a fantastic combination of highly competitive racing and a great social scene. Do it once - and you'll definitely want to do it again.
  • Handicap Racing
  • The Elite can be raced under Portsmouth Yardstick, IRC and Sportsboat handicap systems, so the possibilities are endless! And "rumour has it" that she is very competitive under most systems due to the all-round performance and non-extreme design.
  • Match Racing
  • With looks so reminiscent of a mini America's Cupper, what could be more obvious? The symmetrical spinnaker, simple systems and performance profile make the Elite perfect for the job.

Hull Design and Construction

  • The hull is long and narrow for maximum waterline length and minimum form resistance. The helm remains finger-light at all times, even when heeled, unlike wide flat hull designs.
  • The narrow hull and no hiking rule also mean that crew weight is unimportant. As soon as the boat heels the crew are sat virtually straight above the centre of gravity, contributing very little to righting moment. The Elite has been designed around a three person crew, but class rules allow two to four people to race aboard and the spacious cockpit is very comfortable.
  • Hull, deck and cockpit liner mouldings are solid GRP laminate for impact resistance and durability. There is a sub-floor moulding to distribute the rig and keel loads.
  • GRP moulded keel and rudder skins mean all foil shapes are identical and there is an encapsulated lead keel bulb with stainless steel support structure. The vertical stainless steel strut slots into a hull recess and is through bolted from within the cockpit.
  • There is a single lift point on the cockpit floor.

Rig

  • An easily driven hull means the boat does not require a big rig. This in turn helps to make the shallow draft possible without the boat becoming tender.
  • The ultra light-weight carbon fibre mast has a pivoting heel plug and can be raised by hand. Rigging is quick so you can arrive at a regatta with the boat on its trailer and be ready to sail in around 30 minutes.
  • Single swept back spreaders and no backstay give a simple, highly responsive rig that can be easily tuned. Rig tension is applied to the forestay via a cascade purchase concealed under the foredeck and adjusted from within the cockpit.
  • The boom and spinnaker poles are aluminium for durability.

Sail handling systems

  • The jib hanks onto the forestay and has a tack downhaul lead back to the cockpit. It is self-tacking to make manoeuvres perfectly simple. A 4:1 purchase on the sheet keeps the loads in check.
  • The combination mainsheet runs on a track across the aft deck and leads forward along the boom to a jammer in the centre of the boat. Either the helmsman or middle man can trim. Kicker and cunningham are also lead to the middle of the cockpit and split to both sides. The outhaul is controlled from the forward end of the boom.
  • The spinnaker is launched and retrieved from a dinghy style chute forward of the forestay, so hoists and drops take seconds. The pole system means you don't need a gorilla and there is no need to leave the cockpit. Spinnaker sheets lead to the middle of the cockpit within reach of all the crew.

RS Elite Options & Accessories

  • Antifouling applied
  • Tacktick Micronet speed / depth / compass
  • Tacktick mast mounting bracket
  • Tacktick solar panel
  • Spinnaker chute cover
  • Under side-deck stowage bags
  • Full boat top cover - breathable polycotton
  • Cockpit cover - PVC Nylon
  • Tapered spinnaker sheets
  • Hawk mast head wind indicator
  • Anchor pack - inc chain, warp, bag
  • Paddle and stowage clips
  • Fenders
  • Mooring warps
  • Road trailer - galvanised steel with brakes, stowage box, boarding ladder

Specification

Standard Optional RS Elite Specification
Designer Phil Morrison  
Length 7.4m (24' 4")  
Beam 1.72m (5'8")  
Draft 1.1m (3'7")  
Displacement 975KG  
Main & Jib - radial cut Mylar 23.5m2 (250 sq ft)  
Spinnaker - radial cut 25m2 (266 sq ft)  
Mast - carbon fibre  
Boom - aluminium alloy With pole stowage  
Spinnaker pole - aluminium alloy Double ended  
Twin spinnaker poles Single ended  
Keel - with GRP skins and encapsulated lead bulb 62% ballast ratio  
Rudder - balanced spade Alloy tiller + extension  
Self tacking jib track + traveller Control linel led to cockpit  
Mainsheet track + traveller - full width Controls led to cockpit  
Vang - Downhauls - Travellers - Pole controls Led to cockpit  
Spinnaker chute  
Single lift point On cockpit sole  
Bow & stern mooring eyes  
Tacktick Micronet system (speed and depth) fitted  
Commissioning - Rig and launch Not including delivery  
Outboard motor bracket  
Antifouling International Interspeed Ultra  
Tacktick Micronet compass transducer  
Tacktick Micronet flush fitting hull transducer  
Tacktick Micronet extra digital display  
Tacktick Micronet solar panel  
Tacktick Micronet mast bracket single unit  
Spinnaker chute cover  
Under side-deck stowage (pair)  
Accessories Full top cover Breathable polycotton  
Cockpit cover (PVC)  
Tapered mainsheet  
Tapered spinnaker sheets  
Fenders Semi rigid flat  
Anchor package “Kobra” 6kg folding, chain, warp, bag  
Paddle and stowage clips 1.25m Canadian  
Hawk wind indicator Fitted  
Paddle rig equipment bag  
Shore-side storage cradle with castors  
Braked road trailer with storage box  
 
 
 

Reviews

"I am high on winning probably the best regatta I have had the privilege of being a part of."
Crauford McKeon RS Elite National Champion 2010 + 12


"The RS Elite exceeds expectations in performance, handling and appearance. She is just what I want and I believe the class will be a great success."
Mike Tong Twice IRC National Champion


"On any point of sailing the Elite is a nimble boat and a joy to sail. "
Matt Sheahan Technical Editor Yachting World


"Once virtually every club around our coasts had a local class, and the Solent based ones have endured longer than most. But keeping vintage wooden boats is labour of love, consuming time and money voraciously. Many glassfibre alternatives have been tried, but this new Phil Morrison design craft seems to have hit the spot."
Tim Jeffrey Daily Telegraph


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