I have an older (88) Catalina 34. Love it. I think the decision about what you buy should have a lot to do with what kind of sailing you are planning to do. The 34 is great for our use as a couple sailing the waters of Puget Sound and Vancouver Island. I would not necessarily be comfortable taking the boat down the coast. I know that "new" has a lot of allure, but a used,VERY well maintained boat gives you much more value and the owner probably added some nice features along the way.