I've done enough deck refit projects to know that the deck hardware comes off easy, I can do a 45 foot boat with one other person in a day. It's getting things back on that is time consuming, if you do it right anyway.Don't forget to factor in all the work needed to remove everything and prep it for sale, and the cost of disposing what you cannot sell. Both of those non trivial I suspect.
What happened to the rest of the hulls? Few went to NZ but there must still be quite a few hiding somewhere in the sheds?
I could consider picking up one if the price is right. Maybe. I need a project.
How many hulls were build?
AFAIK only 5 hulls were built and I think 4 have gone to NZ and one (the ex RUS Synergy/Dynamic team) went to somewhere in eastern Med/Europe area and was getting a fucking thrashing trying to race under handicap (canting keel and a canard). Not sure if it's still sailing or parked in a shed.
There was a lot of drama behind the scenes (sometimes not behind) with this class but the TLDR version, as I understand it, was; cool design, good to sail, questionable build quality, terrible class management and some owners got properly screwed.
It's good to see the boats re-launch in NZ as a small class but not sure how one would play out as a club racer - the keel and canard system likley adds a lot of extra complexity and maintenance compared to other Melges and sportsboats...