You can tell the posters are all young. The new designs are more expensive because they are more expensive to build. Name one boat that has become less expensive as a new boat over time.... If the switch happens all the top Olympic team single hand sailors will be funded to buy a new "whatever is chosen". The problem is there will be very few others around to practice/compete against locally, (if the Laser is not picked) which will become a huge budget issue when all the single handers from many teams will have to travel the world much more to get in practice/racing experience in the new design. The good news for the US is we may finally get a decent chance to medal in the single handed events again just due to access of the design, (as long as it's not the Devoti).