It seems to be an extension of our lifestyle as a whole, bigger houses, bigger cars, bigger boats. I see some really good boats sitting in boatyards
unsold because they're too small at 34, 36, 38 feet. In my experience the smaller boats I've owned have been as rewarding if not more rewarding than the larger boats I am now on. The lower cost, ease of handling and simple systems made them easily handled and made it easier to just hop on and go.
I'm not sure if it's the overwhelming direction of marketing
or the increasing expectations of owners that leads people to own a 40' or larger boat as a first boat.
Too bad, there are plenty of totally competent smaller boats out there. Maybe this will help bring in younger sailors since the market for them is depressed and the prices more than fair?
I know the price
of entry in larger boats does preclude many from the sailing life, it's the cumulative cost of maintenance
, dockage, etc that kills.
I certainly don't have the answer, I do know there are a lot of very competent boats in the 30-38' range.