Unlike the $10 to 15 million-dollar Vendée Globe entries, the GGR2018 boats cost a measly $200,000 to 300,000 to purchase and refit. The boats must be full-keeled, production boats between 32 feet and 36 feet overall, and designed before 1980. Kopar, being thrifty, estimates he's spent a bit more than $100,000 of his own money and more than 2,000-man hours preparing Puffin. The refits were extensive: all new rigging, sails, watertight bulkheads, not to mention his self-termed "granny bars" (a mast pulpit) for securing his body while reefing (one of his few concessions to age — he is 65). He also decreased the size of the cockpit, stripped his boat back to glass, and painted Puffin's topsides a bright safety orange.