Grin, then brush up on your negotiating skills dude!
IMHO these boats are a big gamble for builders and owners. If they do not do well in mixed fleets or become a viable OD class they end up being as easy to sell as used kleenex.
I think the builder did ok. As an owner, it is always considered sunk cost. Anyone who goes into a new boat thinking about resale is going to be disappointed.
In our case, we got tipped off to the boat as we were basically going to do a custom boat that was essentially the same. This just saved us time and money. We have had fine results in mixed fleets as well, no real complaints.
But it's not yellow!
You don't know how much I argued to paint it yellow dude.
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It was fun racing against you all also...I was hoping for a 1D start but oh well...lol now i know what you mean about the smallest boat on the line..grin...ps did the Farr 280 ever get the window put in the mainsail <wink>