One reason for the Dart 18 catamarans continued success has been its production one design status. Whilst that protects the class sailors from those with deep pockets and ability to buy increased performance it does not mean the class is not open to updated class rules that improve durability, benefit from re design or makes manufacture more affordable as long as those changes provide no measureable benefit in the Dart18’s performance.
At the 2017 Dart18 AGM a number of suggested modifications and updates for the class were put forward, discussed and considered by the various regional representatives.
These were further considered by the Dart 18 Rules committee and after detail discussion the Dart Rule committee incorporated a number as updates into the class rules.
And these are the updated rules !
1) The Dart 18 trampoline has to date had facility for a detachable trampoline satchel which needs to be in place for class racing. The update is the 2018 class trampoline has a similar size satchel sewn onto the trampoline removing the need for clips etc. Pre 2018 trampolines with the clips will still be available as special order. The Dart Satchels will continue be available as a manufactures stock item.
2) The Dart 18 jib strop to date has required a large carbine clip of shackle. On occasion this can cause injury when flapping and can impact the mast. The updated rope shackle system removes the need for the clip or a shackle and is simple to operate. See Catparts item 20026. The original system continues to be class legal and the standard replacement jib strop will continue to be available from the manufacture
3) The Dart 18 trapeze adjuster to date has been a Vee cleat version. It was proposed that the alternative clam cleat version should be available as an option. The current clam cleat option now available along with a 4mm shackle to connect it to the trapeze wire falls within the class measurement box and is suitable alternative. See Catparts item 02266 or Clam cleat with 2:1 roller also known as DW284, D40017