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We were very excited, not only would we have a small single-handed race boat with an established Byte Class Association with a full training and racing calendar but, a boat that was raced throughout the world.
A boat that would fit our requirements with a helm weight range of between 55kgs and 75kgs. Even better, with a simple change of bottom section of the mast and a change to the small sail, you now have the ideal boat for helms with a weight between 35kgs to 65kgs.
We were convinced that with our intended list of improvements and benefits, we could make this single hander a world leader. The list of improvements to be made to the existing boat were, to fair the hull, improve the foils for better performance, fit an adjustable sailing track which would help the helm control the sail and help to de-power in heavy winds. Fit easy to use cleats with keepers, continuous control lines and a larger metal bailer to help drain the boat quicker. Build the boat to last the rigours of time and give real value for money. Offer sailors a choice of colour for the hull, deck and non-slip floor, we will even be happy to put a logo/boat name on your hull.
Why buy a Byte CI or CII?
The boat was designed to look stunning and with the colourful, fully battered main the boat just comes to life and is outstanding.
The boat is comfortable to sail, with its high boom, centre sheeting, no catching on the transom when gybing and with user friendly controls, the boat just handles like a dream in all conditions. Fitted with a carbon mast this makes the boat outstanding to sail, in big winds the boat then becomes very special to sail, the carbon mast not only bends and allows the rig to de-power in order that you don’t fight the boat, but it is comfortable and a joy to sail.
The carbon rig in big gusts just bends and flattens and then powers up giving the helm time to react to the gust and control the boat. With a hull weight of only 45kgs, should you get the gybe wrong the boat is easy to right, just get back in and pop down the bailer and carry on with your racing. The hull weight of only 45kgs also makes it easy to tow and launch and recovery is a doddle.
The Byte Class Association offers a full racing calendar and National Championship with training sessions. The class is very friendly, helpful and a great crowd to be with. Above all, they are very welcoming to any new members, a free full year’s membership is given when you buy a new boat.
When we sell a new boat Hartley Boats likes to complete a full boat handover to ensure that you fully understand how to rig your new boat but most importantly that you get the best from your new investment. We also tune your new Byte and go through the boat set up for a beat, reach and run. This helps you achieve the best results when racing.
We at Hartley Boats are very proud of our standards and build quality, to demonstrate that statement we are the only manufacturer to offer a 4-year guarantee. Should it be needed we are able to deliver.