Re: Another "opinions requested" thread about boat choices...
I think just about anything that came with a centerboard around the 70's and 80's in the mid to upper 30 foot range will be a reasonably well built boat. The cost of the mechanism kind of kept away the more poorly built boats. Tartan, Bristol, Pearson and Erickson all have good reps. You might also look at a Freedom, they made some centerboard models but have unusual rigs(not a bad thing just another option). Personally I really like the older Tartans, have a good reputation for sailing ability, and quite high quality construction for a production boat. They also look really nice both the 34 and 37.
Center boards seem to have 2 big advantages, that is skinny water ability, and down wind performance. They of course do loose some up wind pointing ability to a fin keel as you can't get something from nothing.