> However, I will only complain again when my beloved woodie gets thrashed upwind by a new hartley W with a suspiciously long waterline length……….
I don’t believe that the new builder would risk investing in new tooling which produced a hull significantly different to the present series 2 +S. The UKWA have the right under the existing WIC rules to measure the mould (rule 2.3), and I would encourage them to do so, if only to reassure any cynics amongst us that all is well.
However I do hope that Hartley/Morrison can do a better job of the internal design than Proctor/Porter have done (e.g. SD and World). The +S still mimics the original wooden boat designed almost 50 years ago!