Re: Downsizing - J22, Capri 21, any thoughts?
I think the average J22 is closely matched in price to a Capri 22. When you start adding new sails, slick underbody treatments, latest greatest race set ups on deck, the price of the J boats goes up. That said, there are plenty of non slick J22s around if racing isn't the primary use of the boat. Then again, if racing isn't the primary objective, the Capri offers a lot of bang for the buck.
As for the new j70 or others to create a weakening demand for the j22, I'm not so sure. In the past 30 or so years that the boat has been around, there have been plenty of new comers. Still, maybe the top end of the sport will gravitate to the newer boats. But not so much at the local club. The beauty of a J22 is it allows top level racing on a beer can budget. You don't need six figure pockets to race a J22 and win.