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To qutoe a quote.... from Seattle:
Consider some of the following;
The Hunter has swept spreaders which will prevent you from letting the main out fully and most people agree that wihout a "helping" sail that Hunters aren''t such great downwind sailers.
The Hunter also has a large roached main which is great when going the other way but also can make it tender which means you''ll be reefing early and then there''s that arch thing. Between the arch, the messy lookin BandR rig and those lower mast struts, the 356 just looks cluttered.I''m sorry but sailboats don''t look good with things mounted all over their decks.
You will pay extra on the 356 for a stove/oven, refrigerated icebox and electric windlass as all 3 are standard on the 350 and while they both have separate freezer compartments, only the 350 has a front door to the frig so you''ll be able to use the counter space above.
The 350 has a totally separate shower stall and while the 356 has a stall also, the toilet is also in it.
Any Catalina will have wider weatherdecks than a comparable Hunter, I consider this an important safety feature. Also, the shrouds are inboard on the 350 so you won''t be running into them.
The 350 has bigger batteries and a 4cyl 35HP engine, the 356 has a 3 cyl 27HP engine.
The 350 has a larger HW tank, 11 gals versus 6 on the 356.
Another thing that Hunter does is locate the primary winches on the coach roof which means if you are single handing you will be dancing around the cockpit whereas on the 350, they are right in line with the helm.
While the 356 is a really nice boat and actually has a more upscale interior, the 2010 350 will look exactly the same as the present one which is part of a Catalina''s exceptional value, not to mention the fact that they are solidly built, well backed boats.