I do know and understand that in Europe the smaller builders do a bit better than here in NA. Not to say there are not some smaller builders, BUT, the ones that do build here, seem to build "Old Shoes" shall we say or call them. Getting a reasonable high tech style boat like the Pogo, SF3200 or equal is hard. There is someone I recall is starting to build a Transat 6.5 in Texas that is reasonable in price per say. BUT< that is WAY WAY to small for spouse and keeping her happy. There are a few smaller builders, but they do not generally speaking, other than Morris yachts in Maine, seem to have smaller runs of boats. I would not call the Morris boat yard a high tech yard like a pogo. They do build excellent yachts mind you, but not what I would call a style "Marty" wants!
I believe that the reason why you have less "modern" small boat hi-tech builders in the NA is because unfortunately there are fewer sailors interested in these kinds of boats there.
I know Morris yard. I have talked with some of the guys on the 2008 Dusseldorf boat show. They have boats with incredible quality and finish at some incredible prices too
. I like particularly the M series (traditional old style day sailors). Yes I like all kinds of beautiful boats
. But Morris yard has nothing of a high tech shipyard. In what concerns hull design, not even the fastest and more ambitious design (the 51) can be considered modern.
Anyway I have to say, that modern or not, I find the Morris 46 (very classical) and the Morris 51 (more modern) very beautiful boats and if I could own one (specially the 51) I would be a happy man
. Considering basic prices, no taxes and 2008 prices, the 46 was priced at around 800000USD and the 51 at 1140000USD. Considering taxes, actual prices and equipment, you can add at least 50% to that price. Why am I talking of such big boats? Because, by design (Hull), the interior of the Morris yachts is very small. The interior of the 46 has about the same interior space of, for instance, a Najad 410, or a RM 1200 and that's in the size I am interested in.
Daysailer | Morris Yachts
Morris 46 | Morris Yachts
Blue water sailboat | Morris Yachts
When talking about small American Hi-tech shipyard, the name that comes to my mind is Aerodyne. But looking better I found out that it is not really an American shipyard
...Well, we can say half American, because they use an American architect and I believe that a substantial part of their boats is sold in America (they have a dealer in America).
The Architect I am talking about is Roger Martin and he is responsible for some very interesting, fast and modern boats, American boats.
Rodger Martin Yacht Design
But probably the Aerodyne boat that is more interesting to this thread is a Finot design. The A-35. The A35 is a kind of precursor of the Pogo 10.50...designed and built 10 years earlier. It is still a very interesting boat.
But even with water ballast and a bulb keel, to have the kind of performance he wanted, Finot could not reduce the draft to less than 2.5M and that is unpractical for cruising. That's why he has directed his work and thoughts to a practical lifting keel, to obtain the same performance without losing the cruising practicability.
Read this boat test and see how the guys of a relatively conservative American magazine were impressed by the boat:
Aerodyne Yachts Ltd.