F-18 cost why so hi?


Super Anarchist
Beside Myself
Have you considered partnering with someone? Figure about $12K to $13K each should do it.
No I'm a little OCD when it comes to my boat. Plus then you have to deal with the who gets the boat this weekend problem.
I was thinking that your partner would also be your crew (or driver). If your crew has a vested interest in the program, that's a real attitude changer. Of course, you both need to get along exceedingly well for something like that to work without it ending in something akin to a very messy divorce.
My crew is my wife. We sail together so...
Gulp! You're a brave, brave man. Tell her to pony up some cash or she's off the team damn it! Just kidding.



New member
austin, tx
Comes down to not much more than do you want to sail as a manufactuerer One Design or sail F18,

Option 1

A Mainsail from a main manufacturer retailing as One Design class and F18, will in Australia costs around $4750 AUD, including Battens and Taxes

Option 2

A Mainsail from Landy (shipped from Germany), Norths or Brewin with costs $2200 AUD including Battens and Taxes

Unfortunately option 2 will mean you can only race in F18 events, as being non factory you will be unable to compete in One Design fleet racing :(

With such a variance in retail pricing for a well restricted class on materials, its easy to see why the price is being held up so high and its not the cost of production
Who sells a main for $4750!??! and who buys one???

Nacra was selling MK2 Infusions for 20K flat for the North Americans last year, a great deal IMHO.

I just picked up a mint 2008 Infusion (14K), doing the MK2 upgrade (3k+...) and Ill probably need new sails for the Worlds (3.5K...) so thats about....20K...Grrrrrrr

Sailing aint cheap, I learned at the NAs last year don't show up to a gunfight with a knife, its a real waste of time!

I sailed on a brand new Mk2 with one of the best F18 sailors in the US, sailing at 400lbs, still pulled a 3rd out of 14 overall in a competitive North East F18 regatta.

In contrast, I sailed my 2002 Tiger with another of the top US F18 sailors in medium air, could only eek out a 5th out of 7. Sometimes it is the sailor, sometimes it IS the boat!!!

Wanna play, gotta pay!! Unfortunate truth. Try scratch tickets!!!!



Super Anarchist
Cincinnati, OH
it must be said though that the price inflation is quite high after all a few years ago you could get a Nacra infusion for below USD$15000 IIRC so what changed about the boats that a new boat costs over $USD20K. I suppose some of it is what the market will bear because after all when Infusions were selling for under 14K that was considered a steal for a 2 person dingh considering Lightnings, Thistles and Buccaneers were going for, in some case far, more.

OTOH if you bought a new design F18 a few years ago the resale os probably pretty good...



Super Anarchist
Great now I'm cheap and illiterate. The only thing I'm worse at than writing is sailing.




The F18 is too damn high!


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