I own a 1984 Beneteau that's a bit smaller and I am very impressed with the quality, design, engineering and finish. But I have read here that the newer Beneteaus are not as well built as those from the 80's. I have also heard that Jeanneaus are great boats. Beneteau now owns Jeanneau, I believe and they have a US headquarters in South Carolina that provides excellent customer support.
I would not get too excited about the 10K price
advantage for the Hunter
, because Hunter generally does not have the same reputation as Beneteau, Jeanneau and Catalina
for that matter. But Hunter builds very good boats for what you have in mind, there is little doubt about that.
But the most important considerations IMO are 1) which boat you like the best and 2) which is in the best condition and is likely to pass a survey
with flying colors. You might be able to find a surveyor
who is willing to actually help you select the boat, as well as survey
the one you decide to buy.
And remember, it's a buyer's market so you should be able to negotiate a good price
Also, here's another Hunter 43 in San Diego
, asking $145k:
1995 Hunter 43 Legend Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
I think it has two staterooms (vs. three) which might not be to your liking.
You have not said anything about your experience and previous boat ownership
... that might make a difference in the advice being offered.