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post #4 of Old 12-22-2012
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Re: Cape Dory or Tartan

I happen to like the look of most Cape Dory boats. Perhaps that is because I own a Tartan 27' which is pretty similar.
The T27 may be the more versatile boat and I would not be at all reluctant about the Atomic 4 engine, since I have owned one for 10 years and it is 45 years old and still cranking.
They are both older boats that could need considerable backlogged maintenance waiting to be done.
Neither will be fast boats but since we got a new main sail we placed 1st in our Weds night PHRF division! Sometimes NOT using the centerboard on the T27 helps a lot.

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