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RS Venture - Setting new standards from $15,950

RS Venture
Sailing World’s Boat of the Year: Best Recreational Dinghy
The ultimate for elegant, luxurious, sociable sailing.
The new benchmark in large cruising and training dinghies – the RS Venture is capable of safely carrying up to eight sailors in its spacious, self-draining cockpit. Sparkling performance makes it fun and multiple specification options allow the boat to be tailored for you.

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

A modern, stable and durable GRP boat for racing clubs, community programs and families. The RS Venture is a comfortable boat for 2-8 people with lots of cutting edge features.

North America has been lacking a modern, roomy, comfortable, stable family and training boat for decades now. With cockpit space for multiple sailors and large capacity of over 1200lbs, the Venture is a wonderful addition to the RS line.

Rewarding handling make the Venture accessible for all skill levels. Quick in a breeze, built in reefing system for comfort and safety.

Configure for your needs – standard pivoting centerboard (RS Venture S) or optional ballasted 140lb centerboard (RS Venture SE) for increased stability and safety.

The RS Venture is a remarkably stable and dependable boat – perfect for family sailing or in a sailing school environment. Choose between S, SE and Connect models (see RS Venture Connect pages for full information about the keelboat version) to suit your sailing plans.

A host of equipment options allow you to further customise the RS Venture – from swimming ladders for summer beach fun to gennaker or spinnaker packs for training versatility, the RS Venture can be safe, practical and exciting.

Rapidly gaining popularity across the world, the RS Venture has won major design awards and become the big dinghy of choice for many experienced centres and sailors.

“This is a great boat that I’d definitely recommend for families. Especially with the asymmetric setup, the kids will learn everything they need to know.”
Chuck Allen, Sailing World

“Remarkable stability and a cockpit genuinely large enough to carry an instructor and six pupils make the Venture stand out. We are very impressed.”
Ben Willows, UKSA


"…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


  • Highly stable training boat
  • Suitable for beginners and more advanced sailors
  • Can be left on a mooring
  • Responsive and rewarding performance under sail - great for club racing
  • Outboard motor option for ultimate versatility
  • Choose either spinnaker method: asymmetric or conventional (symmetric)
  • Standard GRP or optional ballasted 140 centerboard


  • Capacity for multiple crew (1410lbs max)
  • Mast well forward and optional move-able thwart provide huge, flexible cockpit space
  • Strut vang above the boom gives space and safety for the crew
  • Comfortable and spacious for cruising with the family

Stability & Safety

  • Exceptionally stable hull
  • Low freeboard for capsize recovery ease and safety
  • Built-in self bailers and transom flaps quickly drain the cockpit
  • Preventing inversions: Foam inside the mast and optional mast head float
  • Righting lines
  • Optional ballasted centerboard for exceptional stability
  • Grip surface throughout entire cockpit


  • Multiple stowage options - under side seats and foredeck
  • Huge rear stowage locker option


  • Very durable composite GRP hull construction
  • Thick woven GRP skins and 3mm coremat construction, under a double layered gelcoat means that the RS Venture will stand up to intense use
  • Optional rubber gunwale fendering
  • Optional aluminum keelband on hull bilge rails - protection when grounding - minimum maintenance

Rig & Sail Configuration options

  • Mylar or Dacron mainsail
  • Furling jib (standard)
  • Asymmetric spinnaker
  • Trapeze pack

RS Venture Options and Accessories

  • Ballasted centerboard
  • Thwart option (factory fitted)
  • Rear stowage locker (factory fitted)
  • Rubber gunwhale protection (factory fitted)
  • Alloy keel band protection (factory fitted)
  • Mylar or Dacron mainsail fabric
  • Gennaker / asymmetric spinnaker and equipment
  • Symmetrical spinnaker and equipment
  • Mast head float
  • Transom boarding ladder
  • Outboard motor transom wear pads
  • Stowage bag - under foredeck
  • Anchor pack
  • Trapeze pack
  • Cockpit water bottles - pair - fitted
  • Fenders
  • Top cover - breathable
  • Launching trolley
  • Road trailer combi base
  • Antifoul below waterline


Standard Optional RS Venture RS Venture S RS Venture SE
Designers Phil Morrison / RS Sailing    
Length 16'4" (4.98m)    
Beam 6'8" (2.03m)    
Draft 3'9" (1.15m)    
Air draft (mast above water) 23' (7m)    
Hull Weight (standard centerboard) 436lbs (198kg)    
Sailing Weight (Standard Centerboard) 562 lbs (255kg)    
Sailing Weight (Ballasted Centerboard) 693 lbs (315kg)    
Mainsail - Dacron - with reefing system 118.4 sq ft (11.0m²) reefs to 98 sq ft (9.1m²)    
Jib - Dacron 41 sq ft (3.8m²)    
Jib Furling system    
Storm mainsail & jib (required for use with forward facing seats) Can be ordered in lieu of std sails    
Asymmetric Gennaker 150 sq ft (14.0m²)    
Boom - aluminium alloy With single line reefing system    
Lifting Rudder + stock + tiller + extension    
Centre-mainsheet arrangement    
Rubber gunwhale protection    
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    
Road trailer combi base    
Antifouling paint below waterline    


"For private buyers looking for the perfect modern utility dinghy with a great turn of speed and excellent stability the RS Venture can’t be beaten."
Andi Robertson Yachting Life

"RS is renowned for being meticulous with its product development, and the Venture is Exhibit A. Every component was high quality and purposeful: roller-furling jib, single-line spinnaker launching system, fittings for a symmetric spinnaker option, vang above the boom, grab-rail mainsheet loop, and more. Its polyester glass construction was beautifully finished, and the non-skid was good."
Dave Reed Editor, Sailing World

"It´s great! Spacious, good looking, sails well, easy to reef! Being able to get 8 persons in is a real plus for us as well."
Ian Aldridge Minorca Sailing

"…a delightfully stable boat which will sit nicely at a mooring...on the launching trolley she was relatively easy to move around the slip "
Andi Robertson Yachting Life

"The Venture is a people carrier with the potential to carry more than its dinghy rivals"
Yachts and Yachting

"…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

"I have just run an RYA Instructor course in them and I think the Ventures were great - everything I would want from a training boat! They were really fun to race as well, felt very balanced and trucked upwind."
Andy Kerr RYA Dinghy Sailing Coach Assessor

"The Venture has attractive lines with proportionally low freeboard tapering back to a stylish transom. We were impressed by the way the RS Venture fulfilled the role of a multi-crew carrying teaching boat without being clunky or ugly."
Yachts and Yachting

"Still can't get over how versatile and awesome these boats are. Killer."
Treasure Island Sailing, CA

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