2000 Sailing World Boat of the Year
The Bruce Farr designed Megabyte is one of those dinghies that does everything just right. This dinghy has a single, powerful 100 sq. ft. main carried on a marvelously, light, flexible carbon fiber mast. Incorporated in its 14 ft. 7 inch frame, are all the years of dinghy manufacturing experience of Ian Bruce, the builder of the original Laser. The cockpit is wide and deep with perfectly beveled sides allowing the sailor to hike or sit inboard in maximum comfort. The boat plains easily, upwind and down. Originally designed as the “gentleman’s Finn” it was targeted for a single sailer in the 200-225 lbs. weight range. But that attempt to categorize the Megabyte falls short. First, it comes with two sets of hiking straps so it is easy to load a crew on board. The boat sails well even with 400 lbs. on board. The full amidships traveler, powerful vang, Cunningham and outhaul on the flexible mast means that the lighter sailer can easily de-power the boat and handle higher wind conditions. Despite its wider, deeper profile, the hull weight is only 130 lbs.- the same weight as a Laser. The carbon fiber mast separates easily into two pieces making this dinghy easy to car top and transport. The mast has a mainsail track allowing the main to be raised and lowered without the need to lift the mast out of the boat. The outhaul, vang, and Cunningham controls are led to each side of the cockpit for ease of reach. The skipper’s hiking straps are adjustable both vertically and horizontally. The centerboard and rudder are aluminum injected with hard setting foam. This makes them durable and rugged and nicely shaped.
Selected as Boat of the Year by Sailing World in 2000, this dinghy just delivers in sailing performance and quality. The Megabyte class is growing with racing events already in place from its core of enthusiastic owners.