The spec classes still have the best dollar to giggles ratio of all of our classes in my opinion. They were never intended to be a beginner class. The intent was for it to be a place for everyone that wasn't necessarily dominated by someone's wallet. A class for the new guy and the veteran to coexist in pieceful harmony. (picture me typing with butterflies flitting about)
If you look at Mike's IMPBA recommendation for 4s spec motors you'll find very little hand wringing over it. With the exception of the weight. It may need to be shaved a tic. 260 grams maybe vs 265 grams? We've raced the crap out of this for a couple seasons now. Ran all kinds of variants too. From the most expensive to the least. Middle of the road cost motors are still the best option we've seen so far. My brat kid killed everyone this season with the relatively inexpensive Proboat motor option in spec sport. My point is, you can't buy wins with the Mike's suggested guide. Not so far at least.
I really think it could be a rule but getting the BOD to agree to it is a tall task. Primarily because some have been such complete jack holes while we prove the concept. The perception is that it's too controversial and no matter what someone will be crying. I think this latest rendition that Mike has outlined is so close to correct that it should/could/would put it to rest for quite some time.
The twins thing you have to see to appreciate. A single cat no matter who set it up is absolutely not in the same league as a well set up twin cat. SAW or oval. Sorry, it isn't. Watched PAGS and Baffer run with Larry at the CanAm. PAGS has won so many national championships in Q cat that he probably has more wins than anyone since LiPo were added to the rule book. Baffers boat is a direct copy. So two of the best cats in the country. Larry's twin boat will leave them for dead. He's got multiple stable mph on them. That's not to say Larry can put it on the pins but put that boat in the hands of someone that can and then what? Hosed.
I don't have a solve for that either but don't kid yerselves, a single and a twin Q cat have no business competing with each other. As it sits today, if you're going to race Q cat in the north you better be building a twin. PAGS is working on one right now. One of our locals is too.
Not sure on the mono twins. They don't work as well. We saw a twin Q mono in Flint for the trial. The problem appeared to be (to me at least) that the props lift the boat up and out of the water quite a bit. So almost no keel in the water. Just the rudder. Especially at 75mph+. If a wisp of wind or a lateral wave tilts the boat even a few degrees you end up with one prop in the water and no keel in the water. Shawn finally killed his boat this way. Came off in the mid 70's