Originally Posted by gio06226
... but it gives a good indication on how much the top sailors are willing to invest in order to win, and those sailors are the one that will drive the cost of a boat....
That is the problem. As long as people are willing to spend money there are people willing to supply them. But it definitely takes a lot of time and effort to develop and manufacture a top performer, and I do not think that anyone is getting rich off of these boats.
As long as some people are willing to spend the money, top boat kit will be expensive. It is possible to make your own competitive boat, but it involves some skill and a serious investment in time. I think that fact killed the Marblehead and is stifling the IOM in the US.