Is Tartan 27 good for intermediate sailor?
Moving to Maine, huh? What part? If you want to find a boat, troll the yards from Rockland to SW Harbor. I saw a Bristol 32 sitting at Devereaux''s in Penobscot (on the road to Castine) last summer. My Bristol 35 sits on hard in SW Harbor right now. Probably will have to sell, but resisting. I''m 2500 miles south enjoying the Caribbean. Racing the Puerto Rico Heineken Regatta this coming weekend. St. Maarten was great. Wish I had my boat. There MAY be a Tartan 27 in the yard at Winterport, Maine. When you get on board any boat, ask yourself how you''d sheet the main, genoa sheets and doink around with other paraphernalia while steering. The Bristol''s mainsheet is aft of the helm. The Jeanneau and Beneteau I''ve been racing are on the bridge deck and cabin top, respectively. The cabin top setup is impossible to singlehand well. The Pearson Vanguard, Coaster and so forth might work well for you. Gas engine should probably be avoided. Find out how old the rigging, look everything over. There''s also a yard out back of Belfast that often has boats sitting around with For Sale by Owner signs. The demand is higher in Portland area, so if you can find an out-of-the way yard in the Penobscot Bay region you might find your deal. Should be a good summer up there. The winter has clearly sucked. See you in Rockland at the NABF (north atlantic blues festival) or maybe Lobsterfest. Keep your options open on boats. Sometimes it''s take what you can get for the price. I saw a nice 31'' Contest, older but great boat, for about $15,000 in Belfast a few years ago. Right place, right time.