Nordic or Tartan ?
Thanks Len for the kind words. I agree with Len about the Tartan 42. These were an extended version of the Tartan 40. I have spent a fair amount of time on Tartan 40''s. These were nice boats in many ways but they were brutal to sail as things got dicey. They were besty sailed with big crews and in my mind can be adapted to be cruising boats but would always have the difficult handling characteristics of the original IOR-1 design.
The Nordic 40 has always struck me as a wholesome cruising boat.