Catalina, Beneteau, or What ?
I must respectfully disagree with the 2 prior posts. I know Jeff H is a big fan of the Beneteau First series, but his knock on the numbered series is wrong.
1.--The number seies has for many years been a mainstay of the charter trade. The charter companies may not want to overpay, but they need boats which are built well and they often choose these boats.
2 The first series are built for racing first, cruising second. Just compare the tankage, amenities, and basic hull dimensions. Sure you can cruise in a First series boat, but you''ll have a lot more comfort in a numbered boat of same size, and you''ll go faster in the lighter, narrower ,deeper keel First boat.
3 Practical sailor, probably the only unbiased boat reviewer around, has reviewed many Beneteaus and oncee even did an article comparing Beneteau, catalina and Hunter. Bottom line was that they rated the beneteau
4 Fianlly, all products are built to a price. It is not a knock on benteau to say that for a $100,000 more you can buy a tartan 3500 which is better than a B361. But to say that Beneteaus are poorly made is just plain wrong.