9 reasons why Life’s Better with a Wētā
• Incredible stability
• High performance – speed up to 20 knots
• Simple rig – no boom
• Versatility – sail solo or together with the family
• Racing – One design solo or two-up
• Lightweight yet robust
• Compact storage
• No abs of steel required
• Rig and launch by yourself in 20 minutes
• NEW Self-tacking jib kit available
• Proven New Zealand design
Come for a free demo sail in Sydney or at sailing venues around NSW (e.g. Pittwater, Botany Bay, Lake Illawarra, Lake Macquarie, Nelson Bay) – bring your family or your mates so everyone can have a go.
A boat for all reasons
The Wētā is a very social boat. So while we are serious about design, craftsmanship, and the materials we use, the objective is fun. Even if you’re racing your Wētā in serious competitions, we want to make sure you’re enjoying yourself. And if you want to introduce kids – or any novice – to the joys of sailing, a Wētā is the perfect boat. Deliberately crafted for stability and versatility, the Wētā is easy to sail with the family. The kids feel safe, and they learn the most important thing about sailing: that it’s loads of fun!
One of the greatest feelings when you’re out on the water in a Wētā is exhilaration. Everyone loves to go fast! But unlike tippy dinghies, the Wētā provides stable speed because of the floats.
And it’s built from lightweight, high tech materials, meaning a Wētā is sturdy, stable, but light, ensuring even in gentle winds this beautifully balanced and responsive boat can provide sensational speeds, while still giving you complete control.
With a bit of a breeze on you can reach stable speeds of 20 knots but without the knife-edge drama or gut wrenching efforts of other performance dinghies. Now that’s some serious fun.
One of the driving aims when designing the Wētā was to build it from materials that were robust, but lightweight, so that a Wētā could be assembled, sailed and rigged easily by one person. The simple but clever custom beach trolley and 6kg, two-piece mast make moving, launching, rigging and storing a Wētā a breeze!
The fun bit – getting out and fast on the water – is easy, too, with the boat designed for ease of handling whether you’re a seasoned skipper or an enthusiastic novice. The three-sail design, boomless rig and minimum control lines mean you can make the most of the wind single-handed, and even with the family on board, you can tack like a monohull but speed like a multihull, with absolute ease.
And if you sail solo, there’s a self-tacking jib kit available which allows anyone to tack and gybe like a pro – even those with limited mobility.
When you’ve had all the fun you can take, everything packs down quickly and easily and stores on a surprisingly small footprint (only 2x4m).