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
Current Megabyte Inventory
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Length: 14 ft. 3 in.
Beam: 5 ft. 2 in.
Weight, car top: 130 lbs.
Depth: 3 ft 6 in.(approx.)
Sail area: 100 sq. ft. main