May 27, 2014, 1:15 AM
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Thanks to everyone who filled in the survey.
Re: [racecharter] chartering short handed race boats
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Without going too deeply into it, the results were as follows:
75% were racers, 95% had offshore experience, 80% want to do more short handed sailing, mostly ocean, 70% of them own a yacht, 40% were from Aus/NZ, 40% from USA, the rest from Aisa, Europe and other.
Dream races were all the usual suspects, with none predominating.
Time and money were why people did not do more, although lack of experience also got a mention.
Twice as many wanted a mono as a multi, but almost al of them were willing to race something different.
Ideal size was 35-45'.
Priorities from most to least important were: Safety, speed compared to the fleet, ease of use/reliability of boat, budget, reliability of charter company, simplicity of equipment and sailing comfort. These are quite similar to the priorities we assigned.
The average expected to pay for a week's racing was $US7,500. The average prepared to pay was $6,600. This is higher than we expected to charge.
Reasons not to charter were mostly time and money, but experience on the boat and worries about the boat being up to par also got a mention.
These results were mostly as expected, although the number of answers was lower, particularly away from the USA and NZ/Aus. There were enough to justify moving to the next step, which will happen at the end of June. There should be an announcement, including the boat, costs and availability by the end of July. Subject to finance and a whole lot of other stuff, building could commence shortly after.
The survey is still open.