Taken as part of total annual campaign costs including travel, accommodation, logistics and coaching, equipment costs add up to 15-25 per cent of the total spend each year. The budgets of a range of sailors were surveyed, from those on tight budget to those on an almost unlimited budget.
In general the best funded sailors will spend a higher proportion of their budget on equipment, up to around 20-25 per cent, while those on a lower budget will limit equipment purchase and focus on key events with less travel and logistics costs. They will spend about 15-20 per cent of their budget on equipment. All figures were worked out taking into account resale value of equipment rather than purchase price. Budgets varied from just under EUR50,000 to over EUR100,000, with the corresponding equipment costs varying from EUR7,500 to EUR25,000.
The highest cost for any sailor though was coaching, generally 40-60 per cent of the total budget, followed by travel and logistics at 20-25 per cent.
The Finn is a non-monopolised class. Anyone is entitled to build a Finn and the refined and unambiguous rules means that they will all be alike within some very tight and carefully controlled tolerances. Yards building Finns exist in many countries, and across four continents. The major builders are Devoti Sailing (CZE), Petticrows (GBR), Pata (HUN), Hi-Tech (ITA), BlueBlue (POL), Wilke (SUI), JybeTech (USA), Mader (GER), Pata Brazil (BRA), Pata Finns Africa (RSA).
There is an open invitation for a World Sailing technical delegate visit one of the factories to confirm the uniform production techniques that meet ISO 9001 quality management processes for both quality of construction and repeatability of the process to produce equal boats.
For further information and accurate pricing information here are some links to the major builders:
Devoti Sailing • Wilke • Pata • Petticrows • High Tech Sailing • Sports Sail Centre