Gordon Harris, MD of Pegasus Yachts, designed the Express to avoid a 25% luxury goods tax placed by the government. The new class was to be sponsored by Express Newspapers. Boats obviously were seen as a bit of a luxury, but the raw materials not so. So the Express was designed to be built at home; having hired the moulds, owners layed up the glassfibre themselves. The mast was a tube, the fittings came in sets, and the wooden bits as wood, not decks or transoms. Lots of schools built them as projects too. They reached about 8-900 in number, eventually being built by Anglo Marine.