before Farr Yacht Design Ltd. established its presence as
one of the preeminent designers of offshore racing yachts, Bruce
Farr and partner Russ Bowler had already established
themselves as world class dinghy designers and helmsmen.
while a dinghy design by the Farr office might be a surprise to
some, it was not to Ian Bruce, himself an international
calibre dinghy sailor and one of the owners of Performance
Sailcraft, who just happened to be looking for a new boat for
was looking for a boat that would fill the demand he was getting
for a boat in which parents could take their children on the water
and teach them how to sail.
Byte, which he designed, was too small having been designed
for the 100 - 150 lb. sailor and, therefore, what he was looking
for was a boat that could carry some "serious weight"
with a proper cockpit laid out for two people, but with the
simplicity of a single sail.
would have no wires holding up the mast which would be a
lightweight, tapered, carbon fiber tube. It would be a pleasure to
sail, i.e. it would be very fast and it would be light enough
(130lbs) to throw up on the car top making it a truly recreational