Tartan 37 Glassed over CB
I live in south Florida and I am currently considering a sailboat for trips to the Bahamas and possibly in the future farther Caribbean islands. One boat I came across that I am considering is a 1976 Tartan 37. I was very high on this boat until I was told that the centerboard no longer drops and has been glassed over. It is now in a constant 4' 2" draft.
How much does this affect the performance, comfort, safety, and construction of the boat? Also, Does it make it significantly less seaworthy? Would the boat be likely to capsize in heavy weather?
I am also considering a late 80's Tartan 31 with Schoal draft 4.5'. Would this be a better choice?