Keeping cost to a reasonable level was a design goal and by cutting some corners in production, like making the hull a little lighter and decreasing the amount of armor plating, including limiting the amount of stowing capacity, the retail price is very affordable to the average sentient. To cut down further on production costs, it was decided that instead of developing and producing a new engine line for the Desert Sail-20, the same engine found in the Bantha II cargo skiff would be reused, which gave it a faster speed and better handling.
With its light weight, the skiff is fairly quick and maneuverable in the hands of an experienced pilot. However, lack of a safety harness means that only the most brazen pilots would try racing or fighting with the Desert Sail-20. The only concession to the pilot is an overhead canopy to keep them relativity cool in the arid environment these vehicles are designed to function in.
A twin set of light blasters mounted on either side of the cockpit provide some protection and even make the Sail-20 an optional choice for patrol. Though not fit for military use, the skiffs appeal to many desert nobles and even the infamous Hutt Cartel who feel the skiff is perfect for idling along next to the pleasure barges of the rich, keeping away the riff-raff and adding just the right touch of intimidation to any entourage.