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post #4 of Old 06-07-2019
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Re: Buying a small cruiser!

Was really tempted to upgrade from my 93 Hunter 33.5 to a 2005 Beneteau 343 which would have been well within the price range that you are looking at.
But then I came to my senses. Either that or I just couldn't bring myself to get rid of the old girl.... a trait that my wife seems to admire.
I would suggest that you check out the 343 as well as the 323. It's a nice boat. The 323 and 343 both have a base of 147 which means either would be slightly better performers than either the Catalina or the Hunter but as far as I'm concerned the difference is pretty insignificant. I once raced against a guy who rated 8 points slower than me and I never could beat him across the line much less on corrected time. I think you just have to go on how the boat feels to you. Sorta like when you're buying a house.
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