Older Full Keel boats
Dennis, there are a lot of other talking fish in the sea. A lot of different experiences on different boats in every condition known to man. Keep reading. Even on the internet there''s unlimited resources of info on different boats. If you want info on a Tartan, join the Tartan sailnet E-mail list. these people are tits when it comes to knowledge about the boat. Or email me about basic questions. I''m still rebuilding mine.
If you''re interested in 60''s boats. The Pearsons and Albergs are proven cruising boats.
I could have afforded a newer boat than a 25 year old Tartan, but I would end up upgrading the thing anyhow. It''s easier on the pocketbook to upgrade a $10k boat than a $25k boat. For a fraction of the cost, I''ll have a nice boat with new equipment than a newer boat with older equipment. Does it matter if the electrical system is 20 years or 25-30 years old? I don''t think so. It''s all going to get replaced anyhow.
John Vigor wrote several good books.