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Catalina vs Hunter
IMHO Catalina has historically made a better boat than Humter, sort of like the Toyota of sailboats, not fancy but well constructed for their purpose. Catalina 27s and 30s are cruising classics of their time.
I think there a widespread (not to be confused with universal!!!) recognition, among knowledgeable boaters that early Hunters were poorly made. (A memorable moment - back in 1976 I went with a friend to day-sail his Hunter 30. When we got out to the boat, it had two feet of water over the cabin sole. After hand bailing the boat, we discovered that one of the small screws retaining the electric bilge pump in the keel sump had come lose, and water entered from the screw hole. This boat had a fixed keel so go figure. If we had stayed home that day, his boat would have sunk...).
The new Hunters may be better made (no personal experience), but to me they look like floating RVs.