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catalina 34 Mark II or catalina 350

I moved up from a Catalina 22 to a Catalina 350. First couple of times out on the 350 felt like the boat was very "big" but over time it''s gotten "smaller" in terms of ease and familiarity of handling it.

Prior to my shakedown cruise, my 350 was docked in line with other new Catalinas and was in front of a Catalina 36. The 350 certainly looked much larger than the 36; the 350 does have more freeboard, which contributes to this perception.

I have a number of features on my 350 that greatly facilitate single-handing: autopilot, electric halyard winch, furling genoa, all controls led to cockpit. If you get no other option on a boat, get the autopilot.
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catalina 34 Mark II or catalina 350

There is definitely a higher freeboard on the C350. The C36 is a much "sleeker" look. But I must admit the lower freeboard tends to make the ride a little "wetter" bashing in heavy seas, than some other boats I have been on. I think a much bigger difference between the C36 vs the C350 is the aft. The stern on the C350 is Huge. Its very comparable to the C400 vs The C42. Even though the C42 is a "bigger" boat the C400 looks much bigger out on a mooring.
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