Catalina vs Hunter
Wow, this is like the C&C list. I also looked at the Catalinas and the Hunters. Looked at a lot of Cat 30''s as there are so many out there. Did not like the Hunters as much, although the interiors were nice and big, did not find the construction and performance to be what I likes. Looked at a Hunter 33 early and it convinced my wife that she could live with a sailboat.
We also ended up with a C&C, liked the reputation of performance and quality. Have not been disappointed. Nice interior space, if traditional, nice performance and very good quality of construction. I also looked at the Tartans but could not find one that was in my price range and with the interior my wife would accept but would not hesitate to buy one all other things considered.