Those yrs Tartan are typical plastic fiberglass, NOT the epoxy based hulls, that from what I can gather, there are only 2 maybe three boats with issues. Tow of them, the owners are asking for a new bigger version of what they have, so why are they spreading sooo much BS about novus marine?
As far as a puget sound NW US/SW canada cruiser. A tartan or a boat like it is what one wants IMHO. Fin keel for best pointing, as it seems like you are either beating into the wind, or running with it around here. A light enough disp with enough SA to handle the light flukey summer winds......
A dock mate just bought an 02'ish model, and is liking it a lot. I do like the Tartans, but not quite enough SA/DISP, so will among other brand, look at C&C's or equal racer cruisers vs in the tartans coastal cruiser relm of boats. If one was affordible, I would probably look at a 3400 over the 3500, only because it is a few % points faster/ lighter etc. Again, we are into personal opinions doing the talking.
For some of you doubters, there is now at least last I looked 3 of a 4 part interview with the designer, wit some info on Novus's part on the epoxy issue being brought up. Not saying to believe all of it, but it does shed some light from their stand point.
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