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Frankly, at least in the NA market, the under 30' segment has been gone for probably 20 some odd years, ie since the 80's. Other than sport boats or equal. 35-40 seems to be the 25-30 boat from the 60's and 70s as I recall growing up. I know a number of folks now looking at 40-50+ boats...
The time period you reference corresponds exactly with the housing bubble. When things recover a bit more, you may find that 35-40' segment moving back to the 25-30' range. Now that the bubble has burst in the housing market, those who really want to get into sailing are going to look at less expensive boats because they can't finance as much as they used to.
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1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1994 Mason 44 Firefly on loan from my BFF (West River, Galesville, MD)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)