This design was conceived following several requests for a good all-round safe, economical, fast cruising yacht of 30 ft overall length. There were requests for a fixed keel boat and also a lift keel boat that could be trailed, and for this reason beam was kept below 9 ft 6 in to allow semi-permanent over width trailing permits. This produced a yacht with a moderate beam/length ratio which guarantees very fast speed and easy handling reaching and downwind.
Upwind performance and initial stability at rest is provided by the ballast being set very low in the lift keel version and firm bilges which gives the boat a great deal more stability than its ballast and displacement figures would suggest.
The fixed keel version carries a higher ballast ratio with the lead still located low down in the shallower keel, and has similar stability to the lift keel version.
This design will fill a great number of individual needs as well as being an excellent all purpose yacht, and is one that will develop well into a class or club racing yacht, providing exceptional interior accommodation per dollar spent, a stable, safe family yacht, as well as a very high performance potential for those people who see no reason for a cruising yacht not to be very fast and/or wish to race their yacht in one-design or club races.
Interest in this boat has resulted in two production designs of similar size and concept - Designs 99 and 112.