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RS 500 Sailboat RS Sailing
RS 500
RS 500
RS 500
RS 500
RS 500
RS 500
RS 500
RS 500
RS 500
RS 500
RS 500
RS 500
RS 500
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The RS 500 offers the performance of a skiff - in a more accessible, manageable and low maintenance package. A less exotic tapered aluminum mast, durable sails, and overbuilt fiberglass hull provide years of durability and fun for individuals and clubs. The 500 is also one of the only boats in this class with sail sail size options. The XL and the S sails offer different amounts of power depending on local conditions and the combined weight of the sailors. What the 500 does well, is combine fast with comfortable to allow new sailors to get into skiff style sailing. It’s just such a nice mix of performance, handling and not being too intense for ‘experts only’. It still has a learning curve to it, but it’s a big hull, not Everest.

Speed and Handling

  • Light, stiff and easily driven - the RS500 delivers performance with remarkably easy handling.
  • An uncluttered and surprisingly spacious cockpit allow room to work - without bumping into your crew constantly.
  • Low transom design makes climbing aboard after capsize easy.
  • Pivoting centerboard and rudder for easy launching and recovery.

Built to Perform

  • Light - stiff - strong

  • GRP composite is essential to provide the stiffness to weight ratio on a boat like this

  • Mylar XL spec mainsail and jib for light weight, low stretch and top performance.

  • Dacron S spec (smaller) mainsail and jib for low stretch, ease of use and durability - perfect for clubs that can’t justify skiff boat prices.

  • Additional trapeze lines for double trapeze excitement


  • Length: 14'3"

  • Beam: 5'2"

  • Mainsail (XL): 100sq ft

  • Mainsail (): 80sq ft

  • Jib (XL): 37sq ft

  • Jib (S): 31sq ft

  • Spinnaker: 145sq ft

  • Weight: 169lbs



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