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kwilson1033 05-24-2012 04:00 PM

Catalina 320 vs Hunter 336
 
I am looking at two boats in the local area. A 1995 Catalina 320 and a 1995 Hunter 336. Does anyone have thoughts about these two boats. The owner of the Catalina is asking about $10000 more than the Hunter. They both seem to be in good condition and are similarly equipped. I will probably be making an offer in the next two weeks as I am going out of town. I would appreciate any insights.

Ken

JimsCAL 05-24-2012 05:58 PM

Re: Catalina 320 vs Hunter 336
 
I looked at the Catalina 320 when I was shopping a couple of years ago. My reasons for eliminating it from my short lists were: poor storage, small vee berth, and the what-were-they-thinking floating glass and cup storage over the sinks. Boat seemed to reasonably well made but decided I just didn't like the layout.

Faster 05-24-2012 06:01 PM

Re: Catalina 320 vs Hunter 336
 
IMO the Catalina is a much better boat than the H336 on a number of levels, not least the styling and the backstayless rig of the Hunter. You might want to compare the 320 with a slightly older (90-94) Hunter 35.5 which I think is a much better boat than the 336.

A possible 'big deal' difference for you would be the Catalinas' lead keel vs the Hunter's iron keel, and the fact that most all the Hunters are wing keel/shoal draft (which you may not want) I think the 35.5's layout trumps the Catalinas, the 320's cockpit is probably the better of the two; while I prefer the H 35.5's fractional rig.... and on it goes.....


EDIT: Jim's right about the V berth and minimal storage of the 320.. but for a couple the Vberth issue will be your guests' problem, the aft berth is quite spacious.

christyleigh 05-25-2012 09:11 AM

Re: Catalina 320 vs Hunter 336
 
I had a C320 for 6 years before my current boat and loved it. As for storage there isn't much inside except for under the seats and berths, but outside I think there is lots of room. There is room for a couple of people (well, I'm a little guy) to get into the port cockpit lazerette. There is a lot of space under the rear seats that is connected to the whole rear end of the boat. I have stored 2 folded bikes and a deflated dingy and plus lots of other stuff in that lazerette not even using the whole back area. Even with the Queen sized berth below there is a lot of room in that fat azzed boat back there ;)

Sanduskysailor 05-25-2012 09:52 AM

Re: Catalina 320 vs Hunter 336
 
When it comes to sailing ability the Catalina wins. Double spreader rig, narrow shroud base, masthead rig versus B&R rig fractional with swept back spreaders and no backstay. If the 320 has a conventional fin keel there is no comparison sailing upwind with these 2 boats. Reaching is about equal with the Catalina sailing considerably better with deep wind angles especially wing and wing. OTOH- if you are looking for dock queen/cottage the Hunter might be a better fit.

PalmettoSailor 05-29-2012 10:55 AM

Re: Catalina 320 vs Hunter 336
 
I'm with Faster and Christyleigh in prefering the C320 over any Hunter, but especially one with the B&R rig. The Hunter Legend would be a much better choice that a B&R rigged boat IMHO.

I also agree with the storage comments. The interior storage of the 320 is minimal, but the outside storage is pretty impressive for a 32'er.

If you don't often take guests a 320 might be a great boat choice, but you might also consider an older C34 or even C36 which you might be able to find for a similar price.

I know there are active Catalina owners groups for all three boats, and Hunter may well have similar support groups. That said, I bet you can't call Hunter and talk to the guy that designed your boat like a Catalina owner can. Their support, even for orphaned designs, is outstanding.

Good Luck finding the prefect boat for your needs and wants.

chuck53 05-29-2012 03:57 PM

Re: Catalina 320 vs Hunter 336
 
I've got a older C-34 which has a lot more space than a C-32' (V-berth is huge) and I've got a buddy with a C36. Interior space and overall size between the 2 is very close but they have completely different layouts.
Support on the C-34 owners website is incredible.

dsullyec1 09-28-2012 04:36 PM

Re: Catalina 320 vs Hunter 336
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by PalmettoSailor (Post 877134)
I'm with Faster and Christyleigh in prefering the C320 over any Hunter, but especially one with the B&R rig. The Hunter Legend would be a much better choice that a B&R rigged boat IMHO.

I also agree with the storage comments. The interior storage of the 320 is minimal, but the outside storage is pretty impressive for a 32'er.

If you don't often take guests a 320 might be a great boat choice, but you might also consider an older C34 or even C36 which you might be able to find for a similar price.

I know there are active Catalina owners groups for all three boats, and Hunter may well have similar support groups. That said, I bet you can't call Hunter and talk to the guy that designed your boat like a Catalina owner can. Their support, even for orphaned designs, is outstanding.

Good Luck finding the prefect boat for your needs and wants.

Why don't you like the B&R rig? I'm interested to know the downfalls of it. Watching the Hunter Video which explains how much more stable the boat is with the B&R is pretty believable...but the proof is in the sailing, right? What is your experience with this?

ricklocke777 08-22-2015 02:20 AM

Re: Catalina 320 vs Hunter 336
 
Interesting pro's and con's. I've had my 336 for 10 years now and absolutely love it. If you plan on spending much time aboard, the Hunter outshines the Catalina by a large margin. My wife and I will often take 4 or more friends out for a day sail, stopping at a marina about 10 nm south and catching a lunch there and then sailing back home. I wouldn't recommend 6 people in the cockpit of a Catalina under sailing conditions. If you plan on spending much time aboard, the storage on the Hunter is head and shoulders better than the Catalina with 4 hanging lockers and tons of storage everywhere you look. The B & R rig can be a challenge to the novice. It is completely tunable from the deck and the lack of a back stay offers a much cleaner cockpit as well. The headroom in the aft stateroom makes the Hunter much more "livable" and more comfortable for sleeping. I don't know if the Catalina has the walk-through transom with the hot and cold freshwater shower but that is a real plus if you swim or dive off the boat. I've never actually raced against the 320, so I can't attest to the relative speed or sailing abilities of each craft, but if racing is your forte, then I wouldn't recommend either of these boats. For pleasure sailing and spending days and/or weeks aboard - it's the Hunter.

PBzeer 08-22-2015 06:39 AM

Re: Catalina 320 vs Hunter 336
 
My experience with the B&R rig on my H26 vs C25/Capri 26 tall rigs was that I had the advantage except going downwind.


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