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Re: Catalina 30 vs. Hunter 30
I have a friend with a Hunter 38 and a cousin with a Catalina 42 and have sailed both boats. They are within 5% to 10% of each other in all significant dimensions so they make a pretty fair comparison.
I find the build quality to be on par. The Hunter has more "ergonomic imagination" in its detailing - it is more contemporary in most design areas. It has an eccentric rig - no backstays, highly swept shrouds that interfere with downwind sailing, very fractional rig, roller furling on both sails, really likes a reach - lousy DDW. Can pound quite badly - have had to tack when under power to control slamming
The Cat is more traditional in design - less innovative. Normal masthead rig with jib furling and full batten main. Mainsheet is more accessible than the Hunters which is on top of the "roll bar". Fewer thoughtful touches generally. Haven't sailed it in high wind and seas so can't compare its ride etc.
I actually prefer the Cat - I like its more old fashioned looks with raked stem better but really its "horses for courses" - choose the one that strikes your fancy because neither is "better" than the other.
I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.