dagger board discussion aside, I would avoid specifically the catana
401. That particular boat had a issue with the main bulkhead not being built stiff enough to take the compression
load from the mast
. Most of the catana
401's had then major issues with delamination
of the main bulkheads and the owners had to sue catana to get warrantee service
. Some setup websites like "catana.org" which showed pictures of the delamination
until catana paid to repair their bulkheads. Some owners threatened showing up at the boat shows with pictures of their boats and handing flyers which had the issues to everyone boarding their boats. Catana went bankrupt shortly thereafter which protected them from further litigation. I've haven't heard anything bad about anything else regarding the boats other than owners having to beg borrow and steal to get them to actually repair the boat.
Someone mentioned dealor reputation. It's good to hear that Manta
has a good rep, PDQ
also has a great reputation. They have a mobile repair team that goes to owners of their boats and repairs
warrentee issues at the owners marinas
. In North America they bring their RV to your marina, distant locations they fly in. In that way they know that the people repairing the boat provide the same quality of service
(which is excellent). Most simply will contract
with local shops, whose service varies and knowledge of the boat also varies.