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The 2000 was commissioned by Performance Sailcraft and designed by Phil Morrison in 1997 and launched in 1998. The design was informed by Morrison's earlier experimental Gemini design he had designed and built with Bill Twine and Nick Lightbody at Berwick in Sussex UK in 1979. Only 3 Geminis were constructed. The 2000 external hull shape is very similar to the Gemini but the construction and rig is much improved.

The 2000 hosts a number of convenience and family-oriented features:

  • Single-line hoist system for the gennaker
  • Furling jib allows easy storage of jib for downwind sailing and single-handed operation
  • Configurable for single- or double-handed sailing
  • Foam sandwich hull construction uses glass-reinforced plastics to save weight and increase buoyancy over plywood & fiberglass construction
  • Large cockpit allows for up to four passengers, suitable for competitive or pleasure sailing
  • A single trapeze system, with lower shrouds, is available, though this must be removed for events run under the class rules.
  • On pre-2013 boats, a red Laser 2000 logo is printed on the jib.

    Sail numbers are situated on the main and numbering started at 2000. Issued numbers range 2000-2999 and 21000 onwards.