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Dave, I just returned home from delivering a late 80's Tayana V-42, aft cockpit, and I really came to love that boat. This was my first time trying on an "old shoe", canoe stern vintage vessel, and it fit perfectly.
I've sailed on a lot of boats and for the money, that boat was sweet. I think they can be had for around 150k.
Before sailing this boat I was convinced that a boat that would perform in light air, a newer production boat, was the ticket. However, after sailing the "old shoe" in light air I think ventilation is underrated. That boat had what, 8-10 ports that opened, and maybe 6 good sized hatches and I almost forgot the 3 dorades. It always had air moving through it.
I delivered a newer Jeanneau 46 a few months back and I was joking on this trip that I could disassemble the Jeanneau and store the entire boat in the cabinets on that Tayana, including the dinghy! It had a huge amount of storage room, 2-6'2 settees and one that folded out to make a huge double.
I never thought I'd like the wheel arrangement in a canoe stern but you get used to stepping around the wheel.
It had a separate stand up shower and a the galley that functioned well in a seaway.
I sailed this boat around Florida, up the stream and up the Chesapeake Bay and I can say few bad thing about the boat. I didn't like having the tack the gyb around the inner forestay.
Given how much the "old shoes" get trashed on this site I was convinced they were good for ocean sailing only. However, on newer boats like the Jeanneau the only way to move air around inside is to start the AC and generator if sailing. I kept thinking that one of the trade offs is speed vs. ventilation when taking your time and coastal cruising.
I do like a boat with a sugar-scoop but as always, there are trade offs......
I just have to affirm what others have said, and that is that a big old boat over 40' in length is a lot of boat to dock without a few extra hands around to help.
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