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Just open the whole design up for the AC, but keep the parameters - no self respecting billionaire is going to want the same hulls as the opposition for the cup itself.
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but the discerning billionaire will be able to build themselves a small armada of 45's instead  Wink
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They'd be able to build several bespoke 45's for the price of the 72 anyway, I'd have thought.

How much more would a development version of the AC45 cost compared to the One Design, I wonder? Materials wouldn't be a vast amount different - say 1/3 more? Time and manpower on the design and testing side would be the killers, I guess.
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most of the money would go towards the development of the boats and crews and not just on building a one off monster with no tangible trickle down benefits to the more average sailor. 

i reckon because of that and the fact that there would be more competition to develop, the sailing world would benefit faster.

guess you could build and develop 4 or 5 ac45s for the price of 1 big boat.
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