Did you know that the Moxie 37 (now 39) started just as you described? It was even called the Gunboat 30something and marketed on the Gunboat web site for a while. I've sailed it. The performance is stunning. The front helm
is a truly great innovation, and the bulkhead behind it blocks the wind
. Spray could bea problem in a blow. With the autopilot remote
you can sail from anywhere, just as most French cats are. You can buy the Moxie, or two totally loaded Geminis for the same price
. I've sailed the Edel and wasn't wowed; there's just no substitute for daggerboards.
Production catamarans cover the spectrum, and still don't deliver everyone's exact dream. What are you looking for?