We also have a St Francis 44 and would concur with schoonerdog on most of his comments, so I'm just going to add a point.
Think about what you want in a helm
station. The Catanas (like almost every Catana built) have twin helms on the aft quarters. Great for docking
. Very sporting. But, they don't call them "shake and bakes" for nothing. When (not if) something happens with your autopilot
. or the conditions are such that the AP just can't handle it (and that means storm conditions) and you're faced with hand-steering for hours (or days), where would you prefer to be?
The first one is the Catana, the second is the St. Francis.
Don't get wrong, I'm not dissing the Catana, they're great boats and have lots of wonderful qualities and the helm
station might not be a big one for you.