I would have to agree with the logic. Peter Dean used to make a 26ft cat that I seen as far afield as Mauritius. The Woods cats have been seen all over the world as have the Prouts, Catalacs and HT's etc. Lagoon
and FP used to produce smaller models as well.
However, I dont think its the cost of production that has hit these craft - I believe its the profits - simply they are smaller. Manufacturers make bigger profits out of bigger boats so its likely a commercial
decision. Peter Deans little 26ft was succesful but after a few hulls he simply moved over to bigger cats. From memory some have twin 10hp inboard Yanmar
diesels as well (but not all). Not withstanding, there are still a fair number of used cats in the 26-33ft bracket on the market.
We originally commenced full time cruising on an Island Spirit 35ft, possibly not a pocket boat at that size, and that boat had significant carrying capacity - exceeding our requirements comfortably, so that was not a factor - we also had enough volume. We moved up in size as we could afford to do so and also preferred the aesethetics and performance of our subsequent cats.
Originally Posted by hurricanehole
Why little popularity going small is a good question. To me, the skipper
of a 34' Snowgoose the Heavenly Twins looks like a pocket cruiser while I look like a pocket cruiser to almost all cats I've seen in the Bahamas
. But why go small. For the 90% of us without a large retirement
fund that's the only way to go. Small means majorly less upkeep and initial cost. There's a Woods homebuilt cat poster on the forum, yes, why aren't boats like that more popular? The idea that it costs almost as much to build a big one as a small one doesn't make sense to me. The world is full of manufactured items of different sizes, costs and quality. Monohulls and cars being an example.