David M. Coleman
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Detroit, MI
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I've owned Peace & Joy, a 1985 Tartan 28 for 2 years now, but I've known this particular vessel for almost 15 years. She is beautifully appointed and exceedingly well constructed. The former owner took many racing trophies over the years. I bought the vessel his widow; he was a good friend and we raced against each other many times (at that point I had a vintage lean-mean-Alden-designed 1929 racing classic); we usually split the wins and together usurped most of the rest of the fleet.
I would not under any circumstances call her a 'floating condo' ... she is nimble, points very well, and can nicely hold her own if a PHRF-rated fleet. Construction and design-wise I've always placed the Tartans on a distinctly higher plane than say the Ericksons, Hunters, Pearsons, etc.
My wife isn't crazy about sailing, but is comfortable aboard the Tartan; it's not too bad to single-hand either.
Nothing negative about the Erickson (especially since I've never sailed one), but I can echo great accolades about the T28.