Since you have a specific boat in mind, that changes things a bit... and yes, getting one from the east coast or the great lakes would probably make more sense. Be aware that there have been some build problems with the recent Tartans that you may or may not know about. I don't know whether this will affect the boats you're looking at, but you should at least be aware of it. Read about the issue here
Also, the keels on the recent Tartans are modular, and from what I understand can be exchanged from a shoal draft to a deeper fin or fin/centerboard, and back as needed, which may be something to consider as well.
What is your timeframe and budget roughly???
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