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While the C30 can lay claim to being one of the roomier '30 footers' around, the lack of clearance in the aft berth under the cockpit is a real problem... I can also see the limitations in terms of berth length for the taller set. It's hard to beat the Catalina support, though, and the widespread re-sale rep.
I think from a design/styling standpoint the late 80s to early 90s Hunters (legend series) have a lot going for them. Whether the build qualitiy is a universal problem during that era I can't say for sure. I like the fractional rigs and the layouts - we have friends with an earlier 40 (huge!) and others with an early 90s 37.5.. lovely boat that feels solid and sails well.
There is one other issue with the late 80s Hunters that you may want to watch for. I've seen several models that had a almost-impossible-to-get-rid-of strong urea-like odor. The '85 40 and an '89 31 were two cases in poiint. This is an obnoxious smell that can be somewhat 'cured' by regular ozonation, but it's never gone and can be smelt on the clothes of those that liveaboard such models. It seems by the 90s it was gone.. don't know the cause for sure, but perhaps it was from some of the glues used during construction. Others have speculated that it was from trapped pockets of bilge water within the liner systems, I suppose that's possible too. I'm also not sure its a problem across the board, but I seen/smelt it often enough to think it might be.
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