Designed for mid-weight sailors
Super self de-powering rig
Mylar fully battened sail
Controls lines side mounted
Self draining cockpit.
2 part hybrid mast, Stiff Carbon lower/ flexi Glass upper
Easy to right.
Ball bearing blocks.
GRP Foam sandwich construction
One design ISAF International class
Active national race circuit
The sleek new Byte CII is beautifully built in GRP using a foam sandwich construction and weighs just 45.5KG. The high boom position enables the dagger board to be raised almost fully for easier launching and recovery. The mainsheet is sheeted from the centre of the cockpit directly to the mid-boom position so it doesn't catch on the transom which is a particular advantage especially when gybing downwind. The cockpit is large and self drains quickly, the high boom is a distinct advantage for taller sailors.
The superb fully battened 2mm laminated Mylar sail is coupled with a specially designed 2 part Hybred mast, made from Carbon at the bottom for stiffness and from Glass fibre in the upper section to allow flexibility. The flexibility in the upper section allows the rig to automatically de-power by spilling wind from the top of the sail when the rig becomes overpowered. This specially designed rig makes the Byte CII much more managable for lighter helms in heavy winds. The Byte CII is suitable for mid-weight sailors when racing, and can be enjoyed by one or two people for leisurely cruising. The new light weight Byte CII takes the back ache out of launching and recovery, manoeuvering the boat on the trolley or around the dinghy park is very easy.
The BYTE class association is well established at both national and International level and welcomes new members young and older, a full calander of open meetings make up the Travellers series organiseed by the Byte Class association www.byteclass.org.uk with regional and International championships taking place around the world. The Byte CII is an ISAF recognised class and has been selected for several major championships such as the Youth Olympic Games.
Described in sailing world magazine as; " The next amazing singlehanded class. The Byte CII fulfills all of the growing needs for future Olympic hopefuls and then some. Compared to similar boats, the Byte CII was designed to fit in a weight range, not a gender or an age group, while presenting a higher learning curve for maturing and advanced sailors. The boat features a fully battened Mylar sail that delivers maximum performance while increasing durability significantly over traditional Dacron sails found on most small boats. This is sure to save competitors considerable amounts of money on purchasing sails each year for the biggest regattas.
The sail’s power is sustained much higher through the sail plan than boats like the Sunfish® or Laser Radial®, while rigged on a two piece carbon fiber spar. Combining this flexible and advanced mast with a powerful Cunningham system and tunable traveler allows smaller sailors coming out of Optis to stay under control in heavy breeze, while maintaining a great deal of physicality for sailors as large as 160 lbs.
Additionally, combining the boat’s light, 100 lb. frame with a sail that maintains its power so far up the mast, makes sailing downwind in big breeze more technical and challenging for even the most advanced sailors.
The Byte CII’s growth has exploded internationally and nationally with promises of a higher learning curve and sailors growing weary of the ‘strap the vang and hike hard’ mantra in similar classes. On the international front, the boat was selected for competition in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010 and was selected again for the 2014 Games in Nanjing, China. " read full article here http://www.sail-world.com/USA/The-next-amazing-singlehanded-class,-the-Byte-CII/107033
Length - 3.60m
Beam - 1.3m
Hull weight - 45.5kg
Max. Capacity - 2 People
Main sail Area - 6.8m2
The Byte CI & CII come ready to sail at just