Two Hadron H2 Demonstration Boats are available

Hadron Dinghies have two demo boats which can be transported to your club for a demo day or weekend. To arrange an event at your club, see our contact details here.


Here is a recent example of feedback from someone who tried a demo H2 at his club:

“The wind was relatively light but did fill in to enable a few good planing reaches and to get a feel for the power on a beat. I spent about 45 mins sailing.
My biggest concern was whether as a relative lightweight at 70Kg it would be just too much for me, but I’m pleased to find that it was fine and much more controllable than my 300.
The H2 is clearly light for it’s size and easily driven so I think using the considerable depowering capability it should still perform reasonably at my weight.
There’d clearly be much to learn to get the most of it. I like the hiking comfort. I crew a Scorpion and on that and my 300 I wear hiking pads, but I don’t think they’d be needed on the H2
I like the responsiveness. Coming from a 300 pretty much every boat has better initial stability, but it still does feel that it can roll and respond to heel nicely. I did stumble across the buoyancy tank a couple of times before working out the right step over it, and mid tack couldn’t decide whether to pass the extension forward or back, but the boat just sat on the chine showing great secondary stability until I worked it all out.
I liked that it can be roll tacked well but it’s hard to over do it, so you don’t get a bucket full of water on each tack. I think I’d need some practice to get the roll and the exit point right, I felt I kept over doing the tacks. Gybes were a breeze.
I loved the rock steady stability on a planing reach. Even in the gusty conditions it just sat there level and allowed me to feed the power in and out. Much more controllable than other boats that need armfuls of sheet in and out
I found the sheet loads quite high on the beat. I really don’t like mainsheet cleats and find them never at quite the right angle for me, but would need it for long windier beats. I took the sheet straight off the boom for a while and found it almost lighter to handle from there. certainly more controllable. That’s how I sail my other boats so it’s great to have the option.
The rig is clearly very adjustable – I’d have a lot to learn to get the best out of kicker and Cunningham, never mind rake and rig tension – lot’s to play with.
I’d want to spend some more time playing around on a run. I like the unstayed ability of the 300 to go deep by the lee, and find that even with my stayed Farr 3.7 I can let the kicker right off and go almost as deep. On the H2 I couldn’t do this as well. The loose kicker allows the fat head to fall right off but the shroud base does not allow the main to square off so far and I struggled to hold the hull heeling to windward. I’m sure with more practice and experiment this could all be optimised.
It’s nice and light for its size. Lovely trolley so it’s easily handled on the shore. Nice to have a centreboard, especially with the easy uphaul / downhaul controls.

So – Yes I’d love to own an H2.”

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Visit the Hadron H2 Class Association stand at the RYA Dinghy Show

The newly-formed Hadron H2 Class Association will be on stand C66 in the Great Hall at Alexandra Palace, London.
The RYA Dinghy Show runs from March 3rd to 4th. Come and chat with H2 owners and find out more about why they love their H2s.

Hadron H2 at the RYA Dinghy Show 2017

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Sail a HADRON H2 in a GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series Race

Hadron Dinghies have two demo boats available for competent helms to sail in any of the GJW Direct SailJuice races this winter*. We will bring the boats to your chosen venue and have them rigged ready for you.
If you wish to apply, please complete the APPLICATION FORM.

Mike Iszatt sails H2 #102 in the Grafham Grand Prix, 2 January 2017.

* Subject to availability. Draycott Dash places already filled.

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CHEW VALLEY LAKE SC – Open Meeting for Singlehanders, 21 October

This is a new event put on by CVLSC. Racing takes place on Saturday 21st October, but as the NOR states, all are welcome to stay for the Sunday which is our Club’s Visitors Day. This is a free-to-enter day – the morning is raced on handicap (the Hadron will be in the ‘fast’ race) and in the afternoon a pursuit race. There are already two H2s at CVLSC, including the national championship winning boat, so you will be assured of a warm welcome.
See Notice of Race.

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Every Hadron H2 attended our first national championships. The competitors were rewarded with some exciting sailing conditions which the H2s revelled in. See a full report in Yachts & Yachting Online
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The YACHTS & YACHTING Boat Test of the HADRON H2

The full text of the Y&Y Boat Test can now be seen HERE.

Richard Leftley sails the Hadron H2 at South Cerney SC. Photo copyright Dave Whittle.

Richard Leftley sails the Hadron H2 at South Cerney SC. Photo copyright Dave Whittle.

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HADRON H2 at the RYA DINGHY SHOW, Alexandra Palace, 4-5 March

Come and see us on stand G20 in the West Hall where the H2 is on display on the DESILCO SAILING stand.

Paul Nurser's H2 is on display at the Dinghy Show

Paul Nurser’s H2 is on display at the Dinghy Show

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Yachts & Yachting feature a BOAT TEST of the HADRON H2.

The March 2017 edition of YACHTS & YACHTING magazine (published on 10 February) features a boat test of the Hadron H2 by David Henshall.
David borrowed an H2 for several weeks last year so has been able to give the boat a thorough and insightful assessment.
You can purchase a digital copy of the magazine HERE.

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Comments about the HADRON H2 from owners and other users.

We have built up a set of comments about the H2 from owners and others who have had the opportunity to sail one over the last season.
See what they have to say here.

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MIKE ISZATT gives his views on Sailing the Hadron H2 in the Grafham Grand Prix

Mike sails H2 #102 in the Grafham Grand Prix, 2 January 2017.

Mike sails H2 #102 in the Grafham Grand Prix, 2 January 2017.

Top helm MIKE ISZATT, who sailed H2 #102 at the Grafham Grand Prix on 2 January, has provided us with this insightful critique of the boat.

(Mike’s achievements include: Winner Bloody Mary, Grafham Grand Prix Slow Fleet, 3 time winner Leigh-on-Sea Brass Monkey, current club champion).

“If you want to get ‘close to the action’ with a continual barrage of spray then the Hadron H2 is certainly not the boat for you. Spray is deflected nicely and does not even come close to wetting your brow. After the first race in the boat, despite only 2 degrees of temperature and a brisk northerly wind I was forced to strip off a layer of clothing and my hat to prevent overheating. I’m too used to a ‘standard wet boat’ and was not expecting the comfort of the Hadron.
The boat can be held almost head to wind without the fear of getting stuck in irons, a very useful feature when jockeying for pole position during a big fleet start.
The ‘foot well’ in the cockpit ensures that it’s almost impossible to clip your head with boom when manoeuvring and yet the sail sits nicely close to the deck giving the boat a nice ‘racing look’.
The boat looks like a bit like a Merlin and like the Merlin will outpoint almost any other single hander, it’s this advantage that must be utilised to gain a good result. The Hadron will hold its own on any run or reach but the big place changer is upwind.
The boat takes kindly to any heel and does not stall disastrously as some other boats do even though sailing flat is of course beneficial. The Hadron planes quickly and will tack on a sixpence enabling wind shifts to be taken advantage of.
I’m pleased that the boat is amazingly strong since a port tack yacht hit the boat very hard and yet only very minor damage resulted.

Overall a very nice looking, comfortable, streamlined boat with plenty of cockpit room.

My only criticism would be that the tell-tales were slightly too close to the mast and should be moved back by about 20cms.

I’m not sure what your target market is and it might be an idea to play around with different sail sizes since the boat could certainly cope with a slightly bigger sail. Since sailing is an aging market this might not be suitable for your target market. A sensible sail size also has the advantage that the boat is capable of being sailed in almost any wind. I’m sure that in a strong breeze whilst others have to sit and watch the Hadron H2 sailors can be out enjoying their sailing.

With regard my own performance, the boat is fine but I really was not up to scratch on the day having made too many errors which I repeated lap after lap. The main being that I did not take advantage of the H2’s advantage over other boats, it’s pointing ability!

It would take me about 3 months to get up to speed since the boat does not appear to have a steep learning curve.”

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