I have a 1991 Catalina 36 MKI and my slipmate has a 2007 C350. I've sailed on his boat and it is very nice, but honestly I don't like it (or any of the newer designs) as much as the models it replaced. I'd rather have a C34 or C36 over the C350. The v berth and aft cabin of the 350 are super, but my wife and I didn't like the saloon layout much. The cockpit of the 350 is great. Tradtionally, Catalina has tried to accomodate do it yourselfers and the systems on my C36 are for the most part fairly accessable compared to other boats I've been on. I would expect that to carry through though I haven't WORKED on my neighbors boat.Have been recently looking at Catalina 350's. They seem to be a well designed boat. I also like the Hunter 36 but am thinking the Cat is better built for offshore cruising.
Any opinions appreciated. Thanks in advance,
That is one of the most aggravating things about a lot of production boats. It wouldn't add much at all to the cost to properly insulate the icebox while the boat is being built, but they don't and its nearly impossible to access the areas you need to insulate after the boat is finished so the fridge is a huge battery drain on most production boats.snip....
They biggest defect with the 350 is in the refrigeration system---they didn't put enough insulation in it, so it tends to be inefficient. However, this has been rectified in the Mark II model. If an inefficient refrigerator is the biggest shortcoming in a boat, it's a pretty good boat.
I went on the 375 at the Annapolis boat show and I thought the differences between it and the 350 were pretty significant and it seemed to me the differences between the 350 and 375 were a lot wider than between the 34 and 36. Different perspectives I guess. The way the boats were crowded in for the show I couldn't get a good look at the lines but I liked what I could see.The 375 is an interesting boat as well. Actually, the differences between it and the 350 are so subtle that I wonder why they actually make both boats. It has one extra shelf in it, and a slightly better chart table. The main difference is that the extra shelf is a good place to a put a TV. Beyond that, it's tough to tell it's a different boat than the 350.
I owned Hull number 3 ( Cat 350) . we have since sold it but I must say, all we did with the boat is ocean cruising and .. a couple of races (Placing 3rd). At the time, we between us, had 4 young kids and the living space below was amazing. The boat sailed surprisingly well in some rough weather too. It was and perhaps still is, a great dependable and fun sailboat. Again, all I did and do is ocean sailing. I have sailed and owned C&C, Dufour, Tartan, all much "finer" boats in just about every respect but for the market Catalina caters too, the quality and ease of sailing is pretty darn terrific.
I am even more impressed with the Catalina 355, having a narrower beam and the head relocated aft, but have not sailed one.
All the best!