"Star" is a safe day/weekender.Sailing Today said of the Hawk 20 "During our test she sailed at 35º to the wind. Her fine entry, the stiffness of the boat and the aerofoil rudder section working together to provide excellent close-hauled performance. Hove to she lies comfortably across the wind making only a half-knot of drift. On all points of sailing we found her to be well balanced with enough weather helm to give positive control of the tiller, and if you let everything go she rounds up without a problem""Star" benefits from copper anti-foul, cockpit cover and new cushions etc.
The modern seven-eights Bermudan rig offers the best combination of power and ease of handling. Nothing beats a Bermudan rig to windward and the big mainsail, 140 sq ft, provides ample off-wind boatspeed even without the optional spinnaker. A big mainsail also allows easy spilling in gusts. An easy-reef system is standard which allows the sail to be reefed using one rope led to a winch. The mainsail can be flattened with clew out-haul and back-stay tensioner which are all standard.
Mercury 5hp Four Stroke outboard
Dedicated day boat benefiting from the additional comforts and convenience of a 2 berth cabin with cooker and toilet.
There are two large lockers, one each side under the seats amidships. In the sealed bulkhead just aft of the mast are two bottom hinged hatches giving access to two more dry lockers for clothes, cameras, sandwiches etc. Under the foredeck there is an enormous stowage locker, accessible through the large foredeck hatch. It will take a folding bicycle or a folded inflatable dinghy
A high ballast ratio to give stability rarely permits speed but the hull shape is so efficient and (after exhaustive trials) the balance of the rig so perfect that Hawk will actually plane. Because Hawk is so stiff it sails at only a moderate angle of heel thus retaining power. It has been clocked planing on a reach with two aboard at 12.6 knots. It sails briskly in Force 2 and regularly exceeds its theoretical hull speed in Force 4 or 5 at 6 to 7 knots, and 7 to 8 knots (or even 12 knots planing) in Force 6. At the same time it is a very comfortable, stable boat for pottering single handed in a Force 1 or just parking in the rushes for a snooze. Hawk is exceptionally manoeuvrable under motor because this is in a special inboard close-able well, directly in front of the rudder and, being well forward of the transom, there is little chance of cavitation.
Built to a very high standard. Instead of short fibres of glass sprayed from a gun, Hawk is built from the best glass mats, rovings and cloth, all laid up by hand in a temperature controlled factory by Composite Manufacturing and Design Ltd. The whole hull is laid up with the latest osmosis resistant isophthalic resins, which have lower water absorption even than epoxy resin. The ballast is pure lead, cast to the shape of the hull to place the centre of gravity as low as possible, providing the remarkable stability and self- righting capability.
The pivoting centre-board is lowered and raised by crew or helmsman using a single rope which disappears through the cowling within which the operating tackle is enclosed, making it impossible for fingers, sheets, clothing or children to get snagged. The special design of the centre-board means it can be removed from above, avoiding crane-age. The centreboard is made of marine grade aluminium alloy to resist corrosion and will take knocks and bumps far better than a GRP board; it is not a commonplace flat metal plate but a high quality casting, fully aero-foiled for performance
Draft 9" or 4'3" with the keel down