Option: Catalina 36 and 38
We rely on our sailboats and they become like friends to us. I talk to mine all the time. I guess some of us just get a little protective of our boats, and defensive of our choice.
One thing I''ve noticed - to the credit of the Catalina owners here - is that we''re not taking shots at other boat manufacturers. I like Bavarias, Benetaeus (except for the rope bridle traveller on some), and I only dislike Hunter for the way their styling direction has gone in the last dozen years - but that is entirely subjective opinion. I''m not wealthy enough to have a Nautor Swan and, for me, the Catalina seemed a sensible choice. Based on my experiences, I recommend them.
Good luck with whatever you decide on.
Charlie P. (I sail, therefore I am)