A friend of mine asked me to go look at the 309 with him. My impression is that it had very little storage capacity (shallow small lockers) cramped cockpit not that it wasn't big but just poorly laid out, can't sit on the coaming and reach the wheel, don't know if Catalina thinks eveyone sits behind the wheel while under sail, how can you see the telltales? Constuction not better than average, lots of unfinished fibreglass areas in places around the boat. I think it would make a very poor choice, there are a bunch of used boats out there that would be better choices, Pearsons, O'day, Tartans etc. Did I mention the butt ugly sugarscoop transoms, only a mother could love it.