Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: New England USA
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Which boats are phrf "friendly"
While I agree that the Tartan 10 is a great boat for doing phrf racing in protected waters (yeah, I know, Lake Mich. is not exactly "Protected Waters") it would not be allowed to race off shore by any of the recognized race committees, especially the Newport-Halifax race. The feature you site, it''s enormous cockpit, is it''s major downfall. You see, it is subject to down-flooding when hit with large waves, and it does not have sufficient draining capacity to qualify for off shore racing. Don''t get me wrong, it is a great boat for the money, it just would not be allowed to compete in the traditional off shore races on the east coast: Newport-Bermuda, Annapolis-Newport, Newport-Halifax, The Vinyard Race, to mention a few. I won''t get into a discussion of "The weather for the Chicago-Mac can be pretty nasty too" The T-10 is just not concidered seaworthy by off shore standards.
Take a look at a Peterson 34. They rate well and perform nicely in most conditions. Also, the Farr 33 and the Frers F3 are good possibilities as well. On the more extreme fringe would be the Evelyn 32-2. Keeping the size and weight down would help you handle the boat singlehanded. I single hand my Heritage One Ton, it''s just a handfull in a breeze. (One reef and the blade #2 keeps everything happy)
Good luck, and good hunting!