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Not to be confused with Taser.
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Designer Frank Bethwaite, Ian Bruce
Location Sydney, Australia
Year 1975
Design One-Design
Crew 2
Type Monohull
Construction Fiberglass (sandwich foam)
Hull weight 149 lb (68 kg) (fully rigged, minus sails)
LOA 14 ft 10 in (4.52 m)
LWL 14 ft (4.3 m)
Beam 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Mainsail area 89.44 sq ft (8.309 m2) (PET)
90 sq ft (8.4 m2) (Polyester fiber)
Jib / Genoa area 38.42 sq ft (3.569 m2) (PET)
33 sq ft (3.1 m2) (Polyester fiber)
D-PN 88.2
RYA PN 1018

The Tasar is a 14-foot (4.3 m) fiberglass 2 person sailing dinghy with a mainsail and jib. Designed by Frank Bethwaite of Sydney in 1975, the boat is technologically advanced. Aimed at a husband and wife/parent and child crew, it is designed for a combined crew weight of 140 kg. The hull weighs 68 kg, and is of sandwich foam construction. The hull has a fine angle at the bow to reduce wave impact drag with unusually clean and sharp chines aft to ensure very free planing and outstanding stability. The foam cored hull is stiff and light and the advanced hull shape, together with an innovative rig which combines a rotating mast with a fully battened main sail, allows the Tasar to plane upwind with the crew normally hiked. The wide beam and a cockpit designed for comfortable hiking make the Tasar easy, fun and very exciting to sail in winds up to 25 knots (46 km/h).

The Tasar is an international class, with strong fleets in Australia, USA, Britain, and Japan. The 2013 world titles are to be held at Cascade Locks, Oregon.

2006 saw the introduction of new PET film sails. In addition, the hull moulds have recently been updated and over 50 new hulls have been sold worldwide in the past five months.

The Tasar is constructed to the same specifications by licensed builders in Singapore and Canada. This keeps all boats as similar as possible and ensures a true one design class.


The 2011 World Champions are Australian husband and wife team, Paul and Bronwyn Ridgway. They were victorious over a 60 boat fleet in Torbay, United Kingdom. The 2013 World Championships were in Cascade Locks, USA. The 2015 World Championships will be in Busselton, Western Australia. The 2017 World Championships are planned for South East Asia.


Length overall: 14 feet 10 inches (4.52 m)

Waterline length: 14 feet 0 inches (4.27 m)

Beam: 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m)

Weight: Hull, fully rigged without spars, sails or foils: 149 pounds (68 kilograms)

Crew: Two, design crew weight 300 pounds (133 kilograms), minimum crew weight for racing 287 pounds (130 kilograms) (When boats are sailed by crews weighing less than this, ballast is carried to equalize performance.)

Sails: Sails were originally polyester fiber. PET film sails were adopted in 2006.

Mainsail: PET film - 89.44 sq ft (8.309 m2)., 8.31 m². (Polyester fiber - 90 square feet (8.4 m2) - 8.36 square metres)

Jib: PET film - 38.42 sq ft (3.569 m2)., 3.57 m². (Polyester fiber - 33 square feet (3.1 m2) - 3.07 square metres)

Portsmouth Yardstick Handicap: 1018[1]

D-PN: 88.2[2]

Construction: GRP foam sandwich for the hull, hollow aluminium section for the spars

Designers: Frank Bethwaite, Ian Bruce


  1. ^ "Portsmouth Number List 2012". Royal Yachting Association. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Centerboard Classes". US Sailing. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 

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