In the U.S., to avoid confusion with NALSA Class V, Class 5s are called "FISLY 5," "5 square," and occasionally (and often incorrectly) "Fed 5," a few were imported by Nord Design then Kent Hatch teamed up with S&R marine and manufactured around 30 identical yachts called FED 5s, which raced for years as both one design and Class 5. Frank Marsh imported a handful of New Zealand Rockets and a couple of Airtrack Classe 5 Sport models. A few others have "snuck" into the country or have been built here including a couple of Australian Pacific Magics and a Texas copy called a Hondo Rat Racer as well as at least 1 IMAC Fed 5.
Class 5 was in decline for many years, both in Europe and the U.S. but is experiencing a resurgence. Many dissembled/cannibalized boats are being restored to class 5 specs There are rumors of used class 5s being imported from Europe. They are just too much fun to sail to go extinct.
There should soon be a class 5 club/association replacing the defunct A5A, which will be linked here.
For info on organizing FISLY 5 Class in the U.S. contact :
(702) 492 - 0137 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In a attempt to control the escalating
Prices of Class 5 yachts FISLY came up with a set of rules added
to the Class 5 rules that produce a less expensive boat. the
biggest changes were all steel frames under the boat only, Dacron
sails and Wheelbarrow-size wheels. Consult FISLY rules for details.