Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: New England USA
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The Tarten 10 is a great boat, as long as you are ready for it''s limitations.
First, the good stuff... They are a very active one design race boat, most NOOD regattas have a division for them. They have a huge main and a small jib, perfect for short handed sailing. The cockpit is absolutley HUGE and is great for taking the entire neighborhood along for a day sail. They are inexpensive, and built to stay that way.
Now the bad stuff... ever been below on a T-10? Head room would make a hobbit crouch! The older boats may have been neglected, I have seen some pretty ratty examples. But if you are buying a regularly campaigned racer, it will most probably have been up-dated regularly. That HUGE cockpit makes them totally un-usable for any sort of offshore work, they will not even be allowed in many offshore races.
They are a GREAT day sailer, wonderful picnic boat, and a hotly contested one design.