We were very excited, not only would we have a small single-handed race boat with an established Byte Class Association with a full training and racing calendar but, a boat that was raced throughout the world.
A boat that would fit our requirements with a helm weight range of between 55kgs and 75kgs. Even better, with a simple change of bottom section of the mast and a change to the small sail, you now have the ideal boat for helms with a weight between 35kgs to 65kgs.
We were convinced that with our intended list of improvements and benefits, we could make this single hander a world leader. The list of improvements to be made to the existing boat were, to fair the hull, improve the foils for better performance, fit an adjustable sailing track which would help the helm control the sail and help to de-power in heavy winds. Fit easy to use cleats with keepers, continuous control lines and a larger metal bailer to help drain the boat quicker. Build the boat to last the rigours of time and give real value for money. Offer sailors a choice of colour for the hull, deck and non-slip floor, we will even be happy to put a logo/boat name on your hull.
The boat is comfortable to sail, with its high boom, centre sheeting, no catching on the transom when gybing and with user friendly controls, the boat just handles like a dream in all conditions. Fitted with a carbon mast this makes the boat outstanding to sail, in big winds the boat then becomes very special to sail, the carbon mast not only bends and allows the rig to de-power in order that you don’t fight the boat, but it is comfortable and a joy to sail.