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post #2 of Old 09-06-2004
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I need a faster, more comfortable boat

The Tartan 31 is a very nice boat. I have a friend with one on Long Island Sound who bought his for his first boat and has cruised fairly long distances including taking the boat up to Maine. (After 5 or so years he is thinking of selling his very well maintained and equipped boat, so please feel free to email me for contact info if you are interested.) The boats seem to be very well built and sail well. That said, I personally prefer the big main/small jib rig proportions of the Folkboat for shorthanded sailing. (I owned and lived aboard a 1949 lapstrake wooden Folkboat back in the 1970''s. I loved that boat. I thought she did pretty well in light air with the 150% genoa that came with the boat but sailed well with the working jib in any breeze over 6 or so knots.)

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