Re: rule change, builder Many people believe that true one design status can only be preserved with the current status quo system. This philosophy is fear based rather than reality. The International Optimist Dinghy Association operates under very strict one design rules. Optis are every bit as strict a one design class as the laser class, yet there are literally hundreds of suppliers vying in competition to supply hulls, spars, blades, sails rigging etc. It's true competition not a monopoly. Here is how it works, and it is really quite simple. IODA has class measurer's who approve the hull molds every builder uses. Every hull mold has a discreet numerical ID that is used to track boats later to verify conformity and grant a measurement certificate. ISAF issues a measurement plaque, the same as Laser currently does. The class has very strict hull construction specification that must be followed by every builder. Hulls are measured once for weight, and are then stickered. Hulls come from approved molds and have an ISAF plaque to certify it so nothing else needs to be measured. I am not aware of any problems in the 10 years I have been involved in the class. The rest of the stuff? sails, blades and spars are all measured excatly one time only at a major class event and stickered. Once stickered you don't need to be measured EVER again unless you buy new blades, spars or a sail that were not previously stickered. Under our current system there is no way to verify if a competitors boat components are genuine or not because it is never measured or stickered. We "assume" the laser class blades, sails and spars are unadulterated and genuine. It resulted in lower costs for boats and equipment. The Opti class is exploding in size so it works. Personally, I would rather pay a bit more for a professional class measurer which would allow multiple builders, than a class controlled by builders who dictate to the members. Case in point. Our centerboards and rudders are pure garbage. They are made from what looks like bondo with a wire core. WTF is that? I don't know any other boats built that way. Heavy, weak and prone to chips and breakage. But we pay the same as if they had been made with epoxy. Our upper sections are crap and here in SF they are a constant source of failure, taking with it the sail as collaterol damage. And the sails, no question they are overpriced for what you get. But the builders work from a place of fear with laser class members and argue that if they can't have this bit of gravy on replacement parts they can't make it on new boats alone and they might go out of business. They need this subsidy. That's BS. Bad business model. I am not under the mistaken belief that the builders who monoplize laser boat construction are getting rich. But I do believe that we can all have better quality equipment forthe same price. You don't have to look any further than the sucess of IOD 95 in the Opti class to prove it.