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Catalina 36 vs Hunter Vision 36

So I looked at two boats today from the same broker, Catalina MKII 36 and a Hunter Vision 36. The Hunter has a free standing mass, and the broker was telling me that the Catalina sails better and is more structurally sound because of the extra support built into the boat. I like the Hunter more for the cabin and other items, is the Catalina really built much better than the Hunter?
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I think most people will say that Catalina is a notch above Hunter in quality.
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I vote for Hunter-my favorite one!!!
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I think most people will say that Catalina is a notch above Hunter in quality.
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The Hunter will be better as a second home and the Catalina better as a sail boat.

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So I looked at two boats today from the same broker, Catalina MKII 36 and a Hunter Vision 36. The Hunter has a free standing mass, and the broker was telling me that the Catalina sails better and is more structurally sound because of the extra support built into the boat. I like the Hunter more for the cabin and other items, is the Catalina really built much better than the Hunter?
I'm not familiar with the Hunter Vision. However, I did own a Catalina 36 named Vision.

I think the Catalina 36 is an excellent boat. It is a real pleasure to sail. The C36 was one of the most successful production keel boats ever produced. I don't recall for certain, but I think they built about 3600 of them before the design was discontinued. The C36 Association is hugely active with very knowledgeable and helpful owners. I'm very biased as I really love that design but if the boat has been maintain properly, it would be a great boat to own.

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Are the Hunter Visions the ones with the phone pole for a mast and no (as is zero) stays?

If so, they're not a boat I would suggest. I've heard they sail well but I think your market when it comes to resale will be much narrower since stays are a feature of 99.9% of boats in that size range. You'll have to find someone with a "Vision" to sell it.

There are other Hunters that would compare more favorably with a C36 like the Legends.
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Yes, no stays.

I'm just curious why the Hunter isn't a good "sail boat"? I really love the cabin layout over the Catalina.
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I'm just curious why the Hunter isn't a good "sail boat"? I really love the cabin layout over the Catalina.
I think that most people feel that the Catalina has more of a sailboat feel and that Hunter targets the accommodations, interior and exterior. They both sell a LOT of boats, it comes down to what the buyer wants. The only pause for concern that I would have is the stay-less mast. It's certainly not a new concept but I like metal holding up my mast. One problem with any stay-less mast will be a performance loss due to flexing of the rig. It can be done with small boats, but with the exponentially (or nearly so) higher loads on a larger boat, the flex will change sail shape. Maybe a sailmaker can accommodate that, I'm not sure. Flexing is not inherently bad - many structures from bridges to buildings are designed to do so, but when attempting to maintain an airfoil, the situation is complicated.

I used to work boat shows for a Catalina dealer. It constantly amazed me that people would board a boat and immediately dive below to look around, forgetting that they spend most of their time on deck when underway. That may explain why Hunter seems to target the interior. Sell them on the interior when they first board and you sell the boat?
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Take into consideration: if you're going to cruise 98% you liveaboard and 2% sail. Cabin layout and comfort also most important things your spouse need. You deside what your priorities. For that reason I'm all Hunter, currenly looking for 376.
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