Design #91 - Laser 28
In 1978 Performance Sailcraft, builders of the Laser, started to consider the development of a performance cruiser for the thousands and thousands of Laser owners who would not sail Lasers forever. As a first step, a design competition was held and four international caliber yacht designers asked for study concepts based on the following guidelines:
1. The boat should be absolutely One-Design in the Laser concept, that is, every boat would be identical and class rules would deter any changes or alterations to the boat, her equipment or sails. This would ensure that an owner of modest means would have equal chances of success to those of a more wealthy owner. In addition, the cost of maintaining a competitive boat would be kept within reach of all.
2. The boat should have outstanding performance characteristics. This would be