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I hope my following opinion will be relevant and useful, but adequately diplomatic.
I haven''t perceieved any bias against boats from the large volume manufacturers here. Their ubiquitousness means most folks with some miles passed under their keels have at least a general appreciation of the essential character of the brands, while recognizing every builder has some gems and some dogs within their space, as does a builder like Mercedes-Benz. So you get plenty of opinions on them!
I think the real excitment tends to surround Hunter in particular. Perhaps marketers would characterize Hunter as a price boat builder, making a boat with the most "features" for the least cost, targeted at newer buyers. The rub is that when tries to mix "least cost" into a boat, you get a volitile mix - errors can mean more than that the car doesn''t start. Do it just right, it can work ok, err just a little and one can be over their head. Beneteau and Catalina are not in this same space.
Enuff (or too much) said.
PS - check out the following to understand what getting it wrong might look like: