I agree Per, i found out the price of a phantom last years model and was dumbstruck, then even more so for the current design.
I try to keep the sailing funds allocated equally across the my equipment, so 3000 CDN on one board...not going to happen.
Last summer, I sailed against the older phantom last year and a few mistral one designs and equipes and the phantom did not fare so well.
but the owner had some bad luck with gear breakage in the up to 35 knot winds we had.
A mistral OD won the event.
My lightning race showed no speed deficit versus the OD and equipes but that is no suprise as they are close in shape , rocker and all over design.