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Originally Posted by seawitch1906 View Post
in your bias dreams maybe .. slap some marine plywood around and build a boat in the swamp in Florida don't make this dinosaurs a Best production boat is it? Catalina is past and lived out his life expectancy by large ..
"period" did you looked your hull to deck joint lately ?
your 36 MK-II was decent boat and you stop build them ...how stupid is that ? but look at that "gorgeous" 44 Morgan look like a RV and sail like that to .. best boats? you are funny !

(I know you know better .) ..of course , but I could not let that go by..Period..
Agreed - to a point. I loved the 36. I cannot understand why they would kill it. And then came out with the 350???

As for the Morgan 440 - you can see I own one, don't you?

I have a real affinity for the older Catalinas. Some of the models still have not changed. I said this in another thread not long back. But the 400 and the 42 are still really built well (and the same). They have taken some of the others and really scimped down on the cabinetry and tried to save too many bucks to stay competitive with the other production builders. I would rather they just made themselves a bit more expensive and focused on their products. A good case in point is the 387 versus sthe 380. The 380 was a MUCH better boat (in my opinion, of course). I lived on and cruised on one with the fam. Very solid and a good liveabaord.

But Bene and Hunter have done EXACTLY the same thing - and worse in my opinion. THe hardware and cabinety of the new benes is poor. As for the Hunters? TOo new to tell for sure.

THe only models that I am aware of that Catalina has not really changed are the 400s, 42, 32, and 470. I am not blown away by ANY of the others.

- CD

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