I'll take your interesting and raise it by the fact that around half the A Class entries have straight boards. Not sure of the breakdown between C-boarders & full foilers.
At the risk of inciting a riot, could this not make the Taipan a more attractive proposition for the aforementioned "weekend warrior"? Granted, its not as 'nice' as an A Class, but its closer than anything else available. Cheaper too.
Could the trickle of A Class defectors become a tide?
Rumour has it that no less a figure than Dougy the Gun has kicked a few Taipan tyres since the tragic sinking of his trusty NS14 (no loss of life, but apparently Dougy's SA password went down with the ship).