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IC37 by Melges, a new era of One Design racing in North America?


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13 hours ago, sunseeker said:

[T]he Great Lakes, which means Chicago and Detroit.

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2 hours ago, Parma said:

I would rather pay cash than have the monthly loan payments. Loan payments make having the boat less fun

Never purchase toys (boats, airplanes, sports cars, etc.) on credit. Pay cash, or do without.

On 10/5/2021 at 11:36 AM, Sisu3360 said:

They're great as loaner boats for a top-level amateur inshore event, which is what they were designed to be.

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2 hours ago, Svanen said:

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Never purchase toys (boats, airplanes, sports cars, etc.) on credit. Pay cash, or do without.

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As a married owner who grew up in a rural area, I've finally figured out that with boats, women and horses, it makes more sense for most people to ride other people's.  And if you have to whip out your wallet to make it happen, it's better to charter than to own.  

And that IC 37 is a rich guy boat. Nothing against rich guys - they make it so my sailmaker doesn't have to rely on my cheap ass to pay for his kids' college, and places like NYYC have done amazing things for sailing.  

But a $340k entry price with a $50k annual sail budget ain't going to "maximize participation" unless you intend to end the sentence with, "of owners and sailors who would otherwise be on something like a TP 52."  Cool boat.  Why's it better than a J/111?  

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16 hours ago, sunseeker said:

Yes, the notion was there would be more challengers. Covid no doubt played a role, but initially the idea/hope was that IC 37 fleets would form on the Great Lakes, which means Chicago and Detroit.

 

IC37 fleets would form to support a niche match racing event? Seems like putting the cart before the horse.

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16 hours ago, Lex Teredo said:

Why's it better than a J/111?  

50 seconds/mile in phrf is a huge difference when boats are 1 ft different LOA.  Buying a new boat to race phrf is just inviting the phrf committee to be mean to you.  So the real answer is that it's only better if you are racing one design.

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On 10/6/2021 at 11:09 AM, Svanen said:

Never purchase toys (boats, airplanes, sports cars, etc.) on credit. Pay cash, or do without.

I was told (mostly from boat and plane owners) that if it floats, flies or fuck, ya rent it!

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7 hours ago, Rpm17 said:

Like suddenly there’s going to be an influx of orders because the sales guys changed?

You see how many Swan 50’s just sailed at the Worlds? Euro money has spoken, and there’s plenty of good fleets for people to pick from, with boats that are either more technical or more civilized than the IC 37.

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