We used to have a catalina 30 and we like it a lot. On the mooring, dock or anchor it is very comfortable and spacious for a 30 footer. I used to take it out in some really rough seas (~10 feet tall and stacked one after the other) and she did ok. She will be on the slower side when compared to the others. We had a tall rig, but that's only advantageous in light air. The yahoo Catalina 30 group is a very active and knowledgable set of owners. I think that any of the mainstream 30' production boats are great boats for coastal cruising. If you are looking to go way offshore, some of these boats should be crossed off the list.