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Dinghy sail prices have always been outrageous imv. It shouldn't be possible for a custom loft to manufacture cheaper locally than Sri Lanka/Chinese Lofts and probably they don't, it's just that the margin the SMODs operate is obscene.

Then again the volumes are low, but is that the chicken or the egg? If the sails were cheaper would we buy more?

When I first started this lark I could have landed duty paid a Laser sail from a far east loft that also made Enterprise and a few other boat sails I wasn't interested in, for 25 USD, when at the time cable was still @ 1 = $1.8.

I think some one of your friendly industry cartel put pressure on them because the offer was later withdrawn, but it illustrated just how badly this business was ripping y'all off and I've always resented it.

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Originally posted by H2

Not sure how it works but you could register for the Nats, pay the small deposit...get a new sail on discount and then not show up due to needing to wash your hair, got a headache, not in the mood etc??

The thought hadn't escaped me but was immediately dismissed. If, OTOH, I entered and then discovered I would still have to pay full price (or a significantly lesser discount) on my new sail I would be seriously dischuffed which would certainly spoil my enjoyment somewhat, certainly of the event and possibly of the boat which would be a real tragedy. Even if I was to consider that option (which I'm not, if I enter I'll go and race as many races as I can) the cost of the entry is sufficiently less than the discount offered that it wouldn't matter*

Either way I would like to do the Nationals at least once** and I am totally invested in the boat so would not risk anything that dulled my enthusiasm for the Blaze.

Some 'official' confirmation would certainly have me putting the dates in my diary and feeling up the T5 camper.

* AFAIK there is no deposit option. 

** My fitness levels are what hold me back these days, two day events are a little more than I'm comfortable with. I'm trying to improve and then my knees seize up and I'm back to square one  Angry


Edited by Sam.Spoons - 23 Feb 21 at 10:41pm
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