Greed Plain and simple.Supply and demand. All the reasons JDub gave increased the price but not to the point of where we are now and the melges crap is just lip service(he likes to call it a straw man).
I wouldn't say it is all greed but more so making the money while they can... I'll bet if we spun the clock back when the manufactures were pushing 20 or 30 boats a week out the door like they were in the hey day of catamaran sailing the prices would be a little lower.
2004 - built in Santa Ana, CA and the money went to Nacra US Catalina Yachts
2012 - built overseas, money to Nacra Europe.
From what I remember back then they had looked at manufacturing elsewhere due to all the EPA, other regulations, and fees they had to pay to manufacture in Santa Ana..
As for the price being high, if you're willing to pay the price for what I am selling the product for; then so be it, and don't complain.