These are a couple boats I see on the market from time to time at attractive prices, and though I am not ready to buy right now, both seem reasonable candidates for a smallish first cruiser.
Obviously condition counts, and these are old boats, survey, survey, survey, but which actually sails better? Or perhaps said: what is the difference between the way they sail? They look more than a little similar... long keels but not full, 21 1/2' LWL, 8'+ beam...
Pearson Triton: slightly deeper keel (3'11"), higher ballast/displacement (~43%), slightly lighter, shallower forefoot
Tartan 27: shallower keel (3'2") with less ballast, but has a 6'+ centerboard, slightly finer bow, maybe larger foresail
A bunch of numbers, but out on the water...
- Which points higher?
- Which stands up to its sails better?
- Which handles better downwind?
And finally, are their sailing characteristics so dated they would get passed on the water by a neophyte sailor on a Catalina 27 with badly trimmed sails?