Hunter 3556 vs Catalina 350 - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  

Quick Menu
Boat Reviews  
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Marine Electronics
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here

Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Boat Review and Purchase Forum
 Not a Member? 

LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 12-29-2001
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 51
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 13
LarryLevine is on a distinguished road
Hunter 3556 vs Catalina 350

I would be interested in any feedback you may have regarding a comparisson of the new Humter 356 vs Catlinas new 350 being introduced at the Miami boat show vs new Jenneau 34 or 37. I want a new boat so I am not interested in opinions from the benahuntalina crew. I spend most of my time at the dock anyway and my wife needs a comfortable dock queen with a real mattress and pivate front and rear cabin. About the furthest trip I will make will be to Catalina once a year. My budget is about 120,000
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 12-29-2001
Jeff_H's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Annapolis, Md
Posts: 6,579
Thanks: 5
Thanked 95 Times in 71 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about
Hunter 3556 vs Catalina 350

I would suggest that you look at the Beneteau 36.7 and the Dehler 36. Both have impressed me as having a better build quality than the Hunter 356 or the Catalina 350 and both should sail better as well. I am not familiar with the new Jenneau 34 or 37. There is another issue with buying a new Catalina.

Apparently the factory at Catalina has not been standing behind their warrantees as well as they should. As a result I have been running into Catalina owners who bought new and serious complaints with the way that their warranttees were ignored. This includes a fellow who was told to have the repairs done and the factory would pick up the bill and then the Factory absolutely refused to reimburse him for the repairs.

In talking to Hunter owners I just have not heard that kind of thing, and I have direct dealing with Beneteau warrantee service on behalf of a friend and I was absolutely impressed with the way that they stood behind their product.

The new Hunter 356 has gotten good reviews in the press. Obviously I have not seen one out sailing. Glenn Henderson apparently was one of the design team and I have been quite impressed with his work over the years. I also think that the Hunter has a more useable interior layout than the Catalina and I especially like the aft location of the head where it convenient to the cockpit and is less like to disturb others aboard.

These kind of discussions can be quite subjective but the above is how I see it. And now for the million dollar question (or should I say, $120,000 question). Why buy new? These are pretty much commodity boats meaning that previous models exist in large numbers and the newer models just have not made such huge advances that they compellingly better. When I look at the Beneteau 36.7 or the Dehler 36 I see quite a departure from the model they replace but not with the Hunter and less so with the Catalina.

Good luck
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
MacGregor 22 vs. Catalina 22 lastmate Boat Review and Purchase Forum 22 11-13-2012 04:12 PM
Beneteau vs Hunter SEC Boat Review and Purchase Forum 45 08-04-2011 05:44 PM
Catlina 40 flysurfer Boat Review and Purchase Forum 13 05-04-2006 08:35 PM
Option: Catalina 36 and 38 gknopp Boat Review and Purchase Forum 78 05-19-2003 12:08 PM
A new catalina 36? paul-e Boat Review and Purchase Forum 32 09-21-2001 05:26 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:09 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) LLC 2000-2012

The store is owned and operated by a company independent of the forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.