Paul Handley is a consultant naval architect and boat designer.

He studied Naval Architecture at Southampton University and joined the University’s Wolfson Unit in 1982 where he was involved in yacht stability research and tank testing boats. 

He then worked as a Technical Reporter at Motor Boat and Yachting magazine before designing the Mustang 30 sailing boat as a production club racer and taking a full-time position as a Technical Officer with the International Yacht Racing Union (ISAF). 

In 1996 he took a position as the CEN Consultant for the European Commission responsible for assisting development of the ISO standards supporting the EU Recreational Boat Directive. 

This was a part time position which gave him the opportunity to design boats again, including a high performance keelboat for Rondar, the K6, which was marketed by RS and won the Boat of the Year award in 2000. 

This was followed by a series of successful dinghy designs for RS, including the Feva and Tera which both became ISAF International classes as well as RYA Junior classes, and more recently the RS100 performance dinghy and K1 single-handed keelboat.

Paul’s work now consists of developing new designs, such as the recent K2 keel dinghy and recreational rowing sculls, as well as providing technical consultancy services.  He is also a keen owner of vintage wooden boats, two of which are both over 100 years old.