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post #2 of Old 03-22-2004
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Tartan 42

I would suggest that you would be better off trying to find a Tartan 41 which had the same hull but with a better ballast ratio and better sail handling gear. The Tartan 42 began life as a Tartan 41 that was ''yachted up''. The Tartan 41 was an early IOR era race boat that was offered in full race and in cruising versions. I raced on both and they were nice boats but a bit hairy down wind. After the 41 became obsolete as a race boat, Tartan tried to stretch the life of the molds and so produced the 42. The 42 took many of the better aspects of the 41 and compromized them for a bit more ''curb appeal''. While these might be boats that could so what you want, it would not be a boat that I would chose, especially when the 41 was a better boat for a lot less money.

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