I live outside of boston and would be sailing around boston and buzzards bay/newport & Islands. I''m not that experienced... only a couple of years sailing with a club. i''ve looked at a used tartan 35 or used sabre 34. A well known surveyor I know says Catalina is a decent boat for your money. Well meaning friends tell me not to buy a new boat... this is my biggest hang-up. I just really liked the layout & features of the catalina 35.