Join Date: Jun 2000
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I'd go with the one that suits you best. There are a lot of both boats out there. The Tartan, because of it's older design, (1960's?) might be a bit narrower and cramped for cruising compared to the S2. The S2 might be more expensive to buy, since it has the diesel. S2's have a reputation for decent construction quality and reasonable performance (PHRF +/- 180 for the 9.2A). The Tartan 30's rating shows it as slightly faster, (PHRF +/- 174). The easy engine access is a good thing, but on the downside, you may NEED easy access to the engine, often. Diesels are nice because they keep running too, and have less to go wrong with them. If you can find a copy of Practical Sailor's Used Boat Buyer's Guide, it would help steer you in the right direction on these two boats. Smooth seas!