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Great Post...Thanks. Hunter factory is impressive, and in general it looks like they do a good job. I have and prefer (for my sailing use and style) my Catalina 320 due to styling and size, but that's a personal choice. Maybe production boats are not that bad after all. Oops, forgot that they are basically weekend condos, why would anyone really want all that space anyway? Besides, they don't have hand holds (adding a handhold in cabin, if you want it costs how much after you own the boat?). Why everyone knows, that the cockpit should be small cramped, and closed with just two little drains to take away green water when it comes over the deck...otherwise, you won't get your sea boots filled. And, they're not heavy enough to really go in deep/blue water, and because they are lightly built, then they probably sail too fast. After all, everyone knows the ultimate bluewater boat is a snail sail...I mean West Sail 32 (actually I like them). And now they go to iron keels, which I really don't like. At the bottom of this tread, there is a link to a review of the Caliber plant. I found out they weren't any good either...too many corners cut. What to do...where can I find a good boat without buying a has been from the seventies, or spending a fortune for a Hylas 46, or may be a Island Packet 45 or a ?. This week end I was in West Marine and struck up a coversation with someone who was also looking at a inflatable dinghy. He owns an Pacific Seacraft 40 and when he found that I had a Catalina 320, he moved away to another part of the store....it's that bad owning a production boat.
Last edited by NCC320; 03-10-2009 at 03:54 PM.