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RS 400 - THE ORIGINAL EXPERIENCE from $17,758

RS400
Incredibly popular double hander esteemed by top sailors
Powerful and thrilling performance with manageable handling
The most exciting two person hiker in the market with a great racing scene

An absolute weapon from RS. Devastatingly fast upwind and down without the need for a trap. A big boat that rewards quickness and physicality. The original boat that started it all.

Highly successful gennaker powered boat delivers great performance with exceptional handling. Clever features still stand out after years of sailing.

Nothing matches the RS400’s balanced and responsive handling, its good manners in big breeze and the excitement of asymmetric sailing anywhere in the world. Powered up and proud, this boat absolutely hauls the mail.

“Stunning performance is complemented by superb manners and ease of handling. Pop out the spinnaker and performance shoots into the top league. Among the current crop of new boats it is certainly one of the best. ”
Peter Bentley, Olympic coach & boat tester for Yachts and Yachting

Features

“I think the 400 is quite simply the best boat ever…! ” Bill Handley, RS400 Owners Association

Hull

  • The result of Phil Morrison's years of experience. Perfect blend of speed, manoeuvrability and ease. Vice free and a real joy to sail.
  • Open transom gives a virtually self draining cockpit and the moulded self bailer quickly removes any remaining water.
  • Ergonomic cockpit design for comfortable hiking.
  • Toe straps adjustable for both height and reach.
  • Thwart gives the crew a comfortable light wind position.
  • Wide hull allows leverage to be generated equally by both sailors, making the RS400 a popular choice for mixed teams.
  • The interior layout is simple and efficient. Principle controls are led to either side of the boat, so that the helm or crew can "change gear" without losing speed.

Foils

  • Pivoting centerboard and rudder mean the boat can be raced in any estuary and make launching easy.
  • Sophisticated GRP sandwich construction gives strong, light, high performance foils.

Rig

  • The lightweight Proctor mast uses a section especially developed for the RS400. Bend is controllable using a deck level screw and adjustable spreaders.
  • Rake and sideways bend are further instantly variable via the jib halyard led back to the crew.
  • High quality sails are the result of long development hours in front of a computer and on the water.
  • Both main and jib are fully battened to stabilize the shape, reduce flogging and extend their competitive life.
  • Perfect match between the mast and mainsail give exceptional power control. When coupled with the high volume hull these features allow a truly wide competitive crew weight range.
  • Asymmetric spinnaker - easy to use, fast, fun and highly tactical.
  • Evolutionary bowsprit can be canted to windward, allowing the RS400 to sail very fast at virtually any downwind angle.

Construction

  • Light and stiff foam sandwich construction.
  • Polyester GRP foam sandwich
  • Localised Kevlar reinforcement
  • Stiffness and strength lead to the maximum transfer of power from the rig into speed.

Accessories

  • Harken deck fittings
  • Continuous control line takeaway system
  • Righting lines
  • Top cover - breathable polycotton
  • Under cover
  • Launching trolley
  • Road trailer base
  • Padded rudder bag
  • Carbon tiller extension
  • Burgee wind indicator
  • Tack tick Micro compass (inc bracket)
  • Race rope pack (spinnaker halyard, jib, main and kite sheets)

Specification

Standard Optional RS400 Specification
Designer Phil Morrison  
Length 14'10" (4.52m)  
Hull weight 187lbs (85kg)  
Sailing weight 284lbs (129kg)  
Sail area main & jib 159 sq ft (14.76 sq m)  
Sail area spinnaker 150 sq ft (13.94 sq m)  
Hull construction Polyester GRP foam sandwich. Localised Kevlar reinforcement.  
Spars Aluminum alloy.  
Mainsail Mylar fully battened  
Jib Dacron fully battened  
Spinnaker Single patch radial cut asymmetric spinnaker.  
Foils Pivoting centerboard and rudder. GRP and foam composite.  
Harken deck fittings  
Continuous control line takeaway system  
Righting lines  
Top cover Breathable polycotton  
Under cover  
Launching trolley  
Road trailer base  
Padded rudder bag  
Carbon tiller extension  
Burgee wind indicator  
Tack tick Micro compass Including bracket  
Race rope pack Spinnaker halyard, jib, main and kite sheets  

Testimonial

"The RS boats I have sailed are all brilliantly designed - very well balanced & setup, a joy to sail. I think this is a huge driver of the RS success story over the last 10 yrs."
Nick Craig RS400 & multiple championship winner


"Stunning performance is complemented by superb manners and ease of handling."
Peter Bentley


"I think the RS400 is quite simply the best hiking dinghy ever designed!"
Bill Handley RS400 Class Association


"Pop out the spinnaker and performance shoots into the top league"
Yachts & Yachting


"Once the sails are up, the meticulous attention to detail becomes apparent"
Peter Bentley


"Upwind the boat is a delight"
Yachts & Yachting


"Nightclubs have a whole new meaning with the Racing snake and Grims on tour"
Greg O'Brien


"The RS400 circuit is fantastic, if people haven't been to events, they are definitely worth doing as the racing is great & class friendly, you'll keep coming back for more! "
Nick Craig


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