Lots of good Tartan info. Thanks, Skywalker, for the info about camp cruising with the family. That's the stuff I'm looking for. Also, the icebox issue with the T27 is interesting. Probably won't be an issue with me, since most of my sailing will likely be just my daughter and me for a couple of days, or her and her friends with me for day sailing. Maybe a couple of my other kids once in a while. Once I started looking at the T27, I found I really like her lines. Most of the other 26-28 footers I have researched seem a little stocky or stubby. So far, the Tartans are leading the pack.
Still, I would like to hear from someone with a Pearson. I understand the 28 and 30s are nice boats and good sailers. I particularly like the Coaster 30.
Mike and Jim, thanks for your advice. I know it's sound advice, but to tell the truth, it defeats what I want to do. I'm actually looking for a boat that doesn't work. I've been doing this kind of thing too long to expect to "conserve my investment". I like taking things that don't work and that folks have thrown by the wayside and making them work again. Like I said, it's an illness. I've already told my kids not to expect much of an inheritance
. Besides, I can rebuild an engine myself for a few hundred bucks, and sails are not terribly hard to make, if you just study up a bit. You see, I'm on a whole different paradigm. It's sort of like books. Some people like to read 'em. Some people like to write 'em.
Tom, nice Cal. She turned out very well, judging from the outside. Thanks for the pics.
kd3, The Sabre 28 was a Craigslist listing that has expired. I got their email, so I can contact them when I'm ready and see if the boat is still available. I expect it will be. There are way more boats for sale around here than there are buyers, particularly for those boats that need work.
Barq, isn't the Pearson Coaster 30 an Alberg? I like the lines of the Albergs, but they aren't as common as the Tartans and Pearson around here.
Anybody know much about Helms boats? There are quite a few Helms 27s popping up. I know one offered for $100obo, and it floats!
Thanks for all the feedback folks.
Caleb, look for me on the Yahoo group site. Same username. Thanks