Back in 2014 Dan Holman and Devoti Sailing came together with a seemingly impossible proposition: to create a “basic” single-hander sailboat that had to be light and simple enough to be carried on a car’s roof and rigged in 10 minutes, yet delivering a high-quality sailing experience and performance. The boat also had to target a board range of sailors in terms of weight and skill: manageable enough for the average club sailor to sail safely but technical enough to engage the professionals.
The result of this challenge is the D-zero: a compact 4.2m dinghy with an elegant and “sexy” hull, a two part carbon-fiber mast, a carbon boom, and two rigging options (6.9 or 8.1 m2 of laminated sail). The hull weight is only 43 kg, 15 kg less than the Laser. The fit-out is simple yet efficient, with its top quality hardware all fitting within the hull.
Designer: Daniel Holman (2014)
Hull length: 4.20 m
Beam: 1.42 m
Hull Weight: 43 kg
Portsmouth Yardstick: 1029
Sail Design: North Sails One Design
Mast and Boom: Carbon fiber (CompoTech)
– Grey rig: 8.1 m2 semi soft laminate sail on halyard
– Blue rig: 6.9 m2 semi soft laminate sail on halyard
Rake: Simple and effective adjustment via chocks