I pretty much agree with the idea that Bene's, Hunters and Catalina's are about equal in terms of durablity, and that all three make different choices to build their boats to a similar price point. I know owners of all three brands that love their boats.
I'm glad there is competition in the segment of the market folks without mega bucks can afford. It keeps all the builders focused on delivering the best product they can at a competitive price. We can't all sail Swan's.
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36