As stated above, it does depend on where you are. Here on the east coast
of Oz I have seen cats go from rare to dominant (in cruising fleets) over 35 years.
I took my cat to Tasmania but didn't like sailing down there with it. My cat is light and the winds down there are gusty, with lows sometimes washing
across every two days, and at anchor
it gets quite boisterous, whereas on the mainland the weather
is more moderate. Also our cats ability to glide over coral reefs
or do long days at a 9 knot
average was not so necessary with short distances. And swimming off the back and playing around the boat was not a thing with the cold water
. Our cat can do great things but not many of these are required in Tassie.But the trip across the strait was fast and fab and we got to slip into St Helens, which most monos can't do because of the shallow bar.
If I had a boat in Tassie I would consider something much more bulletproof than my cat. I might even just go for a motorsailor because sailing can be such a pain and just go dinghy racing
for my sailing. Even in summer, we could see people using their heaters in the morning and heating
the large volume of the cat with all its hatches and doors was an impossibility. So we got cold - in late autumn it was truly bitter, whereas the monos could get the diesel heater
chuffing away to heat the whole interior
You may have some similar constraints determining boat choice where you live. If the sailing is reasonable, with typical sailing conditions, a cat can be a wonderful choice, but in some situations, high latitude sailing I would think, even this multi owner of 40 years would consider something else. I may stay with the cat but one of Australia's most experienced multi sailors has an old fishing
lugger (with only stabilising sails) as his own boat and he waxes about his Lister engine
the same way he used to talk about rigs. Tassie is different.
is usually far easier in monos. There are more classes
one design with, so if you are near a serious racing scene then the monos will dominate. Monos are great race
boats because you can get very close with great manouvrability and not huge speeds. Getting things wrong in multi racing can get very expensive very quickly.