According to Farr Internationals Geoff Stagg, the design brief called for "a strict one-design class that combines superb performance, offshore capability, and excellent transportability with reasonable cost." As with any new design, the boat has gone through several permutations. The first drawings reflected Staggs request for a "flat-out" boat and had both topmast and primary running backstays, but, says Farr, "We decided that wed like to sell the boat to 200 people rather than 50, so we made a small performance compromise and put in a solid backstay, cut some roach off the main, and added 18 inches to the rig. Its more of a challenge for sailmakers, but it makes the boat easier to handle. This is a result of a strong message from the market; people want performance but they also want to be able to sail with a minimum amount of crew." As it stands now, the 36 will have 877 square feet of upwind sail area. The masthead asymmetric spinnaker measures in at 1,319 square feet.