I would appreciate some opinions on the Tartan 41. I'm looking at stepping up from a 36ft sailboat and have been looking at some Tartan 41s (late model, pre-epoxy and pre-carbon).
My wife and I are experienced sailors on the Pacific Northwest and are looking at points South in the next five years. We need a couple of summers to get used to a new boat and to fit it out appropriately. We're looking for a well constructed, fast but comfortable and safe cruiser for coastal cruising and eventually long distance voyaging. We want a boat we'll be comfortable and happy with for a long time.
We're NOT interested in heavy displacement full keelers. We are willing to accept the trade-offs of performance keels and rudders, but not of poorly constructed or thought out superstructure.
The Tartans on yachtworld fall within our max budget. Tartan has interested me for a while but I don't know them personally.