You are right every cat is a compromise , it is just the question how much of a compromise do you want it to be one way or another. I like speed , space good sailing upwind perfrmance etc and for that reason a Lagoon
would not work for me , sailing into the wind
is disaster with the windage of this heavy cat. The sail area compared to the weight of the boat will mean if it is performance oriented or not , Yes a catana
, gunboat are expensive and the reason is that saving weight always costs , more carbon , kevlar , epoxy
in case of the gunboat all cost more and using prepreg like the gunboat or epoxy
resin infusion like the FastCat
makes for much more work and cost.
Coming back to sail areas a cat with 10 squire meters of sail to a ton ( 1000 kilo ) is a slow cat while a cat with 20 squire meters of sail is a fast cat
carries 110 squire meters of sail and the empty weight is 13 tons or 8.5 squire meter of sail area per ton making it the slowest of cats available
A good invitation for a very very very long cruise
What you gain is a safer faster boat with speed differences of up to 100 %
I think a well equipped 440 costs around 500.000 Euro with the bells and wishles while a catana
cost around 700.000 and the 48 ft gunboat 1.600.000 euro
435 costs 600.000 well equipped so it is in between.
If the idea is to just sail from island to island in the carribbean a Lagoon will do just fine . if on the other hand you are a world cruiser than the other cats are a better choice