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Old 08-14-2003
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If you''re on the Great Lakes and are considering boats like the J/24, J/29, or J/105, none of which offer realistic headroom for cruising, why not go for a Tartan 10? You get a boat that can get you places relatively quickly with a huge cockpit and deck for daysailing and lounging. Accommodations are definitely a step above the J/24 or J/29, and the class racing on the Lakes is reportedly pretty hot. (You can race PHRF too, if you prefer.) It''s a big enough boat that you won''t feel a need to upsize after a season, but small enough to put on a trailer in your back yard for the winter if you''d like to cut storage costs or work on improvements. (I''ve seen it done!) Because they''ve been popular in your area for a long time, there are likely boats in varying conditions at all different price levels. Later, when your tech stocks take off again, you can upgrade to an LS10 without taking a bath selling an "unknown" boat and still race OD with your T10 friends.
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