I've sailed a 33 and 36 Hunter quite a bit. Sailed a Catalina 309 a little bit. All lake sailing. The 33 is a lot of fun up to 20 knots. After that, it's still fun, but if the waves are in short periods, it does pound a bit. This is a quick vid of 7.9 knots in about 15 knots wind.
. In those conditions, with minimal wave action, it pretty much sails itself, leaving me to attend to the stereo.
I found the 36 to be a little less 'sporty', and a little less fun as a result. You get more woohoo's out of the 33.
Neither goes dead downwind very well due to the rig. But neither are the as horrendous as some will have you think.
Both are easy to single hand.
The 309 feels like a bigger boat than it is. The hull shape is a bit more rounded, so it didn't pound much in the waves.