One thing I will say about Catalina vs Beneteau...(and I love my Beneteau).
The designs tend to be more tried/true for Catalina. Not fancy opening ports/hatches...not a lot of "skylights" that may leak in the future...etc. Their hardware also tends to be a bit sturdier (larger winches for the same LOA..etc). Also, they use Lead keels over Iron which have their plusses and minuses.
Foot for foot, you'll pay about 15% *SNIP*(25%)*SNIP more for a Catalina though.
*I edited to accurately reflect that Catalinas tend to be 10-15% more than a comparable Beneteau.
Last edited by night0wl; 11-22-2009 at 01:11 AM.