May be I should have present things differently, I admit it was bit caricatural
AFAIK, people working in composite , are quite pleased with infusion & pre-peg compare to what they used to do some years ago.
Composite dealers/makers also prompt composite boutiques to move high tech with more affordable pre-peg, which can be store at room temp...
and overall they said that of course it's more expensive, it requires higher skills, but it's much safer working environment, and tigher regulation creates a competitive disadvantage for wet hand composites, which decreases the cost gap
It seems to me that there is some "institutional" pressure to move in this direction.
Just because, like for any industry, when product are lower tech & labor-intensive vs Higher-tech & higher skills labor, the production is removed into cheaper labor countries, usually with less regulations. For sure mentioning the "exploited kids" is a bit demagogic and I apologize.
Coming back to A-Cat, I don't know if there is a big difference in structural requirement for half-foiling boats like Paradox (within current rule-box), and an A-Cat designed for full flying , in both cases you need stiff platform so appropriate technology.
Also I d like to know the difference in cost between these S shape centerboards which fit the rule box and an appropriate centerboard designed to foil.
In other words, precluding the boat to foil makes sense if it leads to boats that are actually cheaper, but it's far from sure.