Well Denr, glad you think the boat is ugly, but I really didn''t hear much significant criticism beyond the high freeboard, no handholds and big prop.
Yes, it has high freeboard, but it has enormous room inside. There are handholds throughout the interior, and all boats of this size come with what might seem like a big prop.
What "Cheesy hardware" are you talking about? My 350 came standard with quality, well built gear from Harken
, Garhauer, Lewmar
and Shaeffer - in many cases "overbuilt" - particularly in comparison to the competition.
Since you''ve never sailed one - and only have a "boat show opinion", thanks for not trashing the sailing characteristics of this boat. She is well balanced, will easily sail to her hull speed, and comfortable to sail singlehanded. Full batten main and Dutchman make easy work of a powerful main, and furling
headsail takes care of business up front.
Check out catalinaowners.com for some other, more experienced-based opinions on this very popular boat.