The Hustler class sailing yacht is a two berth, high-peak gaff rigged yacht. As you can see she has a single wooden mast and a jib with a lazy boom.
There are five Hustler class boats with the imaginative names of Hustler 1 to Hustler 5. They are a little over 24 feet in length with a beam of 7 feet 6 inches and a mast height of 22 feet.
The layout (from stem to stern) comprises a forepeak with storage space for the mud weight (used instead of an anchor), some rope for mooring, and for the overnight awning. Next comes the mast in its pivoted tabernacle so that it can be lowered for passing under bridges. Then the main cabin with its lowering cabin roof. The front portion of this contains the ‘heads’ and the after section is the sleeping accommodation of two single bunks with underneath storage drawers. The open cockpit is next which also functions as a galley when not being used to sail her. Finally the counter provides a flat area of deck at the stern and house the rudder stock.
The boats were designed to sail well on the Norfolk Broads where the water is flat and you can get surrounded by trees on some stretches. They were also designed to render themselves safe in the hands of inexperienced helms. This means, in technical terms, that they have a lot of ‘weather helm’. In practical terms that means that if you let go of the tiller she will always turn up into the wind and come to a halt.
The name ‘Hustler’ derives from the local name for sudden, strong, gusts of wind that ‘hustle’ across the water leaving a dark mark in their wake, and catching the un-prepared helm at sixes and sevens.
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