The Dart 15 was designed in 1979 by Rodney March, who was also responsible for the design of the Olympic Tornado class catamaran. Originally built by Panthercraft Ltd of Penryn in Cornwall, the Dart 15 is now sold through The Laser Centre in Banbury. In 1999 The Laser Centre moved manufacture of the hulls closer to home from Penryn to renowned catamaran builder Reg White. The hulls are manufactured in GRP and the mast is available either in one piece or as a 2 piece for car topping.
The Dart 15 is car toppable and is very easy to rig. 40 minutes car top to water is claimed to be the norm. It can be sailed single handed with main sail only, or with jib and trapeze for 2 or more.
The Dart 15 has a strong class association with many organised events. Maintenance is a doddle due to its GRP construction with only a jetwash and yearly rigging checks required. Dart 15's are always in demand and hence have a very good resale value.
Sprint 15 formerly Dart 15 and formerly Spark is no longer manufactured or marketed by Laser Centre Banbury. They were unable to obtain masats to the correct spec. The manufacture and marketing is now in the hands of Windsport at Mylor Cornwall.