I own a Catalina 34mkII and I have been right thru the boat and have been impressed with the way it is built. The cushions are ok. Maybe if I had the white leather cushion version it would be better? Most of the people criticizing Catalina's have not had a close look at the newer boats and are basing their views on other people's opinion. ALL boat's have their limitations and Catalina is no exception. Any production boat that you intend to take offshore
will need some type of upgrading and that comes with allot of additional costs.
Here is the short list for my C34.
Replace standing rigging
upgrade to 5/16 chain
Beef up/replace anchor
Inner forestay with hank on headsail
Self steering gear
Hard top dodger
with integral AIS
, Lap top
Espar hydronic heater.
There's about 50 grand's worth of stuff and that's with installing everything myself. This is a boat that two people can easily handle and wont cost a fortune to maintain. It also mean's that we can start cruising sooner.