Having priced up all of this recently for a similarly-sized boat, it's realistically a £10-15k additional cost on a £200k finished boat cost. Alu is not cheap enough to make it a worthwhile area of savings. You'd make greater lifetime cost savings by mandating Dacron mains...As a sailor I'd like to see a carbon rig, as a boat owner I'd like to see an alu rig :lol: :lol:
Original comment was firmly tongue in cheek, but thats still 5-7.5% of the cost, and is a jib and a main at least in terms of sail away price. Plus as much as I love carbon sticks they do need finishing / painting and that does need maintaining over the life of the boat, plus any metal fittings carry a corrosion risk which in my mind is higher than that of an alu rig.Having priced up all of this recently for a similarly-sized boat, it's realistically a £10-15k additional cost on a £200k finished boat cost. Alu is not cheap enough to make it a worthwhile area of savings. You'd make greater lifetime cost savings by mandating Dacron mains...
There's no sign, in the post-IOR era, that there are enough owners interested in a box rule in this size range to make it work. There have been several attempts, all failed.Do you guys think that OD 30-32ft class is the way to go or its better to have BOX rule for same sizes?
Not sure about better, but as Solo mentioned, aluminum masts have plenty of problems with dissimilar metals. Titanium is not super expensive right now and better than stainless for corrosion, and there are many ways to isolate stainless steel. The biggest difference between the two is mainsail luff attachment. Carbon luff tracks definitely have a history of being more problematic. Also, don't clear coat them. Prime and paint makes a happier owner. Fine, there are some issues.Someone recently argued in another thread that a carbon mast should have better longevity than alu.
My sense is that this is really a French project with RORC tagging along. They must be confident that there is sufficient interest from French clubs to have got to this stage. It would be pretty cool if RORC (or RTYC / RSrn / RYS of course) bought one or two though, as there is no shortage of people in the UK wanting to race DH but unable to get on a boat. Clubs have managed it with J/70s / J/80s / Grand Surprises in the past.I'm lost how this has a remote chance of succeeding, particularly in the UK. You've got a successful Cape 31 and SunFast 3300 situation already well established and growing in the UK. What could a Class 30 possibly offer that one of those two aren't already providing? Both with carbon rigs, FWIW.