Everything Szyteemflyre said!!
The first couple dozen were made by the non sailor powerboat builders before I got home from school, walked in and screamed, "you haven't got a damned thing under the mast step and nothing to spread the flex at the transition from the unreinforced single skin hull to where it is bonded to the cockpit floor and holy fuck that rigging is going to blow up the first time it is used!!"
They had a thing they called a gennaker fir off the wind that well could have been the first asymmetrical chute
The cretins had used the exact same tiny plastic clear for the tack line snd halyard that the Laser builders used to supply as the chest for the rudder tie down line.
I took a brand new boat up to Erie bay and pushed the mast through the bottom of the boat as we flattened out on the very first tack out of the harbor.
Out went repair kits to every dealer who had bought one
But Gibbs would NOT back off on his fucking stupid cleats.
The prototype wood hull and fig McAlpine Downey sent from England may have been the singular sweetest fastest boat I have ever had the opportunity to sail
All MFG did was fuck it up
Then to add insult to injury...
The guys at Playcraft Charger in Richlsnd Missouri bought all the tooling , never used it, would not sell it to me, and finally bulldozed all the molds a few years ago
I remain convinced I could have built a kick butt very fast day sailor out of those molds.
It isn't worth my effort to build a mold off a hull as that experimental toy would then cost twenty thousand or way more
Just seeing a Whip still totally pisses me off
And if I could lay my hands on the 23 foot Cobra molds???
It was our 1972 should have been the J-70
But they bulldozed them