The only cats coming down in price are older models built to older designs. The rate of evolution is, in some ways, slowing, as cats come of age.
They keep getting bigger, just as houses get bigger beyond all sense. That is because the high-end market wants comforts and headroom
and big numbers. There only so much market for 30-34' value cats, and Gemini
has a good handle on the market it seems. I don't see many other cats coming on the market under 38', so few cats under $350,000 or so. I like my smaller cat fine, but I also feel no compulsion to move from my PAID FOR house into a larger house with a funny-money loan.
Yes, a regular Joe can afford one now, if he doesn't mind selling his immortal soul.... Or forgoing many things for a few years. The thing to remeber is that good cats, particularly used ones, do not depreiciate. I have owned 3, and I sold the first 2 after over 10 years of hard use (and good maintanance) for ~ 2% per year more than I paid for them. They were not fixer-uppers.
Cats will always be far more expensive per length: 2 rudders, 2 hulls, stiffer and stronger sails
and rig, often 2 engines, more expensive construction methods and more complex molds. The buyer needs to compare a 32 foot cat with a 36-40' mono; The accommodations are in between, and the cat is (should be) as fast or faster than as the larger boat, except close hauled, where it should be very close. There are trade
offs, but comparing my 32' cat with a 32' mono is not fair; it has 2 queen mattress staterooms with closets, a convertible king dinnet, stand-up shower
, and can sustain 12 knots easily without surfing, with greater speed possible. On the other hand, the motion can be quick and some don't like the layout.
As for storage
, I pay $100/month next door to a $500/month marina, because the water is shallow. Marinas
need to learn that cats have different needs. We need short, shallow, wider slips and not deep end ties. Hauling and maintenance
for smaller cats is not much more unless very large. Less bottom paint!