RS Aero completely re-sets the standard for pure exhilaration in a simple single-hander. Ultra-light weight means the hull form and rigs need not be extreme, so the RS Aero is remarkably easy to handle and light weight makes the RS Aero exceptionally user-friendly on shore: Virtually anyone can lift the boat onto a car roof-rack – pulling it up the beach makes you smile – and simplicity means the boat can be rigged in moments.
High tech materials are used in the composite epoxy foam sandwich hull, with carbon fibre in high load areas and in the spars.
Astonishingly, the RS Aero hull weighs less than an Optimist at just 30kg.Our philosophy has always been to prioritise ultra-light weight, performance and practicality in order to produce a simple, yet refined and durable single-hander that will suit any sailor between 35 and 95kg.
There are three rig options which will typically suit: Youths - RS Aero 5Women & light men - RS Aero 7Men - RS Aero 9
Flatter panels on the chined hull allow construction from normal flat sheets of PU foam, reducing the weight of the core bond
“Chine” angles on the deck add form stiffness without additional weight
Epoxy resin is used for its high strength and low water absorption properties. Woven glass matt is used throughout the hull.
Carbon fibre is used in all high load areas such as both hull and deck around the mast step, the hiking region of the deck, all around the gunwales and the transom.
Due to its ultra-light weight and the high elongation at break (shatter resistance) of the epoxy resin system, the RS Aero has proved to be remarkably durable.
Yet the boat is so astonishingly light it is possible when landing to deliberately capsize the boat and to carry it up the beach single handed, by holding the top of the daggerboard and the boom! Pulling the boat up the beach on a trolley makes you smile.
RS Aero–Dynamic Three Rig System
We have developed rigs with sufficient control to totally flatten and twist the head of the sail upwind reducing the healing moment. This allows a greater sail area to be carried – a big benefit downwind and in lighter conditions.
The three rigs use a common top-mast and boom, yet radically differing stiffness bottom sections that are still compatible with the top-mast. The differing bend at deck level and stiffness of the three rigs ensure the boat remains well balanced, without resorting to a permanently pre-bent lower section for the smallest sail.
It is worth noting that even with the smallest RS Aero rig the sail-area : hull-weight ratio is significantly higher than most existing hiking single-handers, due to the incredibly light weight of the RS Aero hull. So even the RS Aero 5 enjoys the amazingly responsive feel that makes the boat so exciting.
The largest rig is 5.5kg lighter than the equivalent in aluminium alloy and the cutting-edge production method provides for very tight control on mast stiffness and weight.
The RS Aero rig is positioned well forward in the boat to provide for a good distance between the mast and the centre-mainsheet to reduce sheet loads and for ease of gybing, without the risk of snagging associated with a transom led mainsheet.
Full package Includes
* Delivery and Boat Assembly in Kuwait
* Beach trolley and boat cover
* CrewSaver Buoyancy Aid and gloves.
Length: 4m - 13'2"
Beam: 1.4m - 4'7"
Hull weight: 30kg - 66lb
Sail area: 5.2m2 - 54 sq ft
Sail area: 7.4m2 - 77 sq ft
Sail area: 8.9m2 - 93sq ft
Mast: 2-part carbon fibre with track & halyard