Of course, yes, how could I forget.Hi Mambo Kings, yes I mentioned in another thread that we are building a Balance 526 MkII with the Nexus yard in St. Francis, SA. The only dilemma (like with all custom boats) is where to draw the line. The boat comes standard with a ton of carbon elements, and you can add as much as you like to have a complete carbon boat. We will end up in between somewhere probably about 11.9T fully kitted and ready for cruising.
You saw that the 526 was faster than the O51 on almost all points of sail in the Cape-to-Rio. I think that puts the debate about the aframee mainsheet system to bed, don't you? Both great boats but the 526 is a fast boat.
I dislike spending other people's money....but if I may. You should get the carbon mast for that boat. I think it will be important for the resale value.