Pearson vs. Catalina
As someone else already said, you do get a lot of boat for the money in a Catalina!!! Where do you sail? There are people sailing Catalinas from coast to coast, in all kinds of conditions. We have a 1990 Catalina 34 and have loved it! It is a very comfortable boat. As far as construction, we have had no problems whatsoever. No it is not a race machine, but does sail well for a boat that size and weight. We moved up from a Cal 25, which was a race machine, and it took time for us to make the transition. All in all I believe the C34 is a great value for the money. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the C34. Check out the Catalina 34 web page at www.c34.org. It is a great source of information on this boat. The owners of C34''s are a very loyal bunch and a wealth of knowledge. You could post a question on their message board as to why people have chosen a Catalina over other brands.