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Re: Cape Dory or Tartan

Dude, boats that old have already fully depreciated. Their "value" is strongly linked to how they're maintained and to a slightly lesser extent, how they are equipped.

The 1980 CD could be worth far less than the Tartan if it was poorly maintained, but the Tartan was well loved.

Both are solid, well-built boats known for their quality.
Neither are speed-demons.

Here are some differences you may care about:

The T-27 has a centerboard. This is an extra maintenance item.
The T-27 has a ballast to displacement ratio of 32%
The CD-27 has a ballast to displacement ratio of 40%
This means that the Tartan will be a little more tender (tippy)

The T-27 is also available in a yawl configuration which gives you more sails to play with, and more sails to buy.

The CD 27 only draws 4'.
The T 27 draws 3' with the centerboard up.
Where are you sailing? Looking to gunkhole, or will you be in deeper water?

You're really looking at two very similar apples here, I think. Hope this helps.
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