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Re: 1981 43' Ta Tong Cape Horn Cutter
There is a Ta Tong Marine in Taiwan. I wonder if a guy bought a hull and then jobbed out the finish work to the locals and then sold it as a Ta Tong. Maybe he had dreams of becoming major boat builder?
Pretty good guess. From reading Perry's book and other things over the years, it seems apparent that the boatbuilding industry in Taiwan back then was full of splashing, yards sharing moulds, name changes, pirating of designs etc. etc.
They all seemed to have at least two things in common - lots of low tech glass in the mouldings and lots of well crafted teak. Everything else seemed pretty variable.
If the OP's boat IS a knockoff of some kind of the Polaris then, as I mentioned earlier, at a minimum it has good Perry genes.
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