Since my arms are gettin' a little weaker with age, I thought I might check out the Cat boat scene. They're some real nice looking boats, but I'm getting conflicting "advice" on how well they sail to windward, with some folks saying it's only a small penelty, and others stating flat-out that they would not even consider one.
Com-Pac makes a neat looking plastic Horizon-Cat that I saw at a sailboat show (20 LOA, 17'8" LWL, seats four in the cabin and (Kinda') sleeps two), with the diesel, it's about 44K
Menges (sp?) makes a 23 footer, with all the toys, it comes to 65K
Maybe wood IS the answer