Torrid, there are two separate issues you are raising. The quality of the cloth, stitching etc is an issue with the class technical committee, it has nothing to do with the sail makers as they merely build the sails to the requirements the class specifies. Change here is required and it's been an on going project, as they are looking at more than just the sail cloth, but also the cut. The issue of cost is associated with the sail makers, boat builders (PSA, PSE etc), the dealer network and to a very small extent royalties paid to the class, probably ISAF and those who own the licenses (Bruce Kirby? etc). The cost of the sails it seems has almost nothing to do with the ILCA. Potentially a level of the supply chain could be eliminated by permitting the dealers to purchase the sails direct from the sail makers, or by each part of the supply chain taking a smaller profit, or increased competition amongst sail makers. However, none of these will be able to achieve the type of price reductions which people want so that the replica prices are matched. Eliminating the builders from the process will mean that order sizes are smaller, so bulk discounts are eliminated, freight fees are increased etc, so the prices won't change much. Smaller profit margins would probably be the most significant help. Increasing competition amongst the sail makers might provide a small change in price, but most of the costs are associated with the length of the supply chain. Intensity Sails have a short supply chain, your dealing directly with the manufacturer and they probably make the same profit margin per sail as Hyde and North. Further, Intensity doesn't pay any royalties to the class, ISAF, license owners.