The EC 12 is a great boat, I have three of them. most of the building is the rigging. If you want to race it make sure that your club is racing EC 12's. As I found out when I moved to Florida EC 12's are not as popular as they used to be. I'm sailing a Soling now because they seem to be the popular boat in most clubs. One of my Ec 12"s is now a shelf display.