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Re: New Catalina Yachts
We bought our Catalina five years ago. At the time we looked at 90's vintage production boats from several brands including Beneteau/Jeanneau. I found the Catalinas had held up better on average both in systems and cosmetically.
We've been very happy with our boat and with Catalina as a company. Their customer support for a 1995 boat owner has been nothing short of stellar.
That said I'd bet there are a lot of happy Beneteau/Jeanneau owners out there too.
My guess is by the time you figure out the true sailaway prices fully equipped they won't be as far apart as you think.
95 Catalina 30 Island Time
“The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective." - Henry David Thoreau