Catalina 320 vs Hunter 336 - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Boat Review and Purchase Forum > Boat Reviews
 Not a Member? 

Boat Reviews This forum has all types of boat reviews. Take a look, Dream, Agree, Dissagree.... but enjoy.


Like Tree3Likes
  • 1 Post By Faster
  • 1 Post By christyleigh
  • 1 Post By PalmettoSailor
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 05-24-2012
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
kwilson1033 is on a distinguished road
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
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 05-24-2012
JimsCAL's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Glen Cove, NY
Posts: 2,392
Thanks: 2
Thanked 34 Times in 33 Posts
Rep Power: 8
JimsCAL is on a distinguished road
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.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 05-24-2012
Faster's Avatar
Just another Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
Posts: 14,627
Thanks: 68
Thanked 187 Times in 179 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Faster has a spectacular aura about Faster has a spectacular aura about Faster has a spectacular aura about
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.
dsullyec1 likes this.
__________________
Ron

1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"

".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 05-25-2012
christyleigh's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: North Brookfield, Mass.
Posts: 935
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 13
christyleigh is on a distinguished road
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
lautzy likes this.
__________________
Stan
'Christy Leigh'
NC 331
Wickford/Narragansett Bay RI
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 05-25-2012
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 316
Thanks: 2
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
Sanduskysailor is on a distinguished road
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.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 05-29-2012
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: VA
Posts: 2,024
Thanks: 1
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 9
PalmettoSailor will become famous soon enough
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.
lautzy likes this.
__________________
PalmettoSailor
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 05-29-2012
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Virginia
Posts: 1,036
Thanks: 3
Thanked 14 Times in 14 Posts
Rep Power: 5
chuck53 is on a distinguished road
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.
__________________
Catalina 34
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 09-28-2012
dsullyec1's Avatar
GennyWinch
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: baton rouge, LA
Posts: 80
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 2
dsullyec1 is on a distinguished road
Send a message via Skype™ to dsullyec1
Re: Catalina 320 vs Hunter 336

Quote:
Originally Posted by PalmettoSailor View Post
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?
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hunter 31' vs. Catalina 30' Bowedtoothdoc Boat Review and Purchase Forum 7 03-15-2010 10:50 AM
Hunter 25 vs. Catalina 250 cpsailing Boat Review and Purchase Forum 6 06-13-2009 09:34 AM
Hunter 27 vs Catalina 27 rossir Boat Review and Purchase Forum 3 09-04-2007 01:12 PM
Catalina vs. Hunter Drylander Boat Review and Purchase Forum 53 07-31-2007 08:28 PM
Cal vs Catalina vs Hunter, etc... pluscard Boat Review and Purchase Forum 3 06-29-2006 07:28 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:26 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.