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Old 08-09-2004
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Catalina, Beneteau, or What ?

My wife and I are new to sailing and looking for a new boat that we can grow into.
We just looked at a new 2005 Catalina 350, as well as a new 2005 Beneteau 393. We liked pieces of both boats and wished we could put all the pieces together for the perfect fit for us. We liked the cockpit room and the 13'' beam on the Catalina 350 which made this boat seem larger than a 35'' boat. On the Beneteau 393 we liked the two heads, richer looking interior down below, and there seemed to be alot more standard features on this boat.
Is there anyone that could give us some insight on which of these two boat manufacturers has a better track record for overall better construction? Or any other recommendations? Any other information on purchasing a new boat would greatly be appreciated. (FYI - our budget is around $185,000)
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