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If I had to go cruising to the Caribbean on a tight budget, a properly prepared Tartan 30 would be very high on the top of my list of choices. I personally have always thought that these were one of the nicest boats of this era.
If there is a short-coming to a boat like the Tartan, or any other boat this size, it is in how to handle carrying the dinghy and how to carry enough consumables (water, fuel and food). The later is not all that insurmountable with collapsible tanks and the like, eliminating refrigeration and the use of seawater for initial cleaning. The dinghy is a harder question. To be safe I would want a dinghy that can be safely secured below decks and that of course limits your choices.
I personally would consider a good steering vane a must on a boat like this since you don't have the luxury of carrying enough battery and solar panels to operate an electronic autopilot round the clock.
I would also look very carefully at a specialized sail inventory. I would want a mainsail with two reef points, two line slab reefing, and a storm trisail that was rigged all of the time. I would consider using a hank-on jib of perhaps 120% or so with multiple reefs, that could be doused, or in part reefed from the cockpit with downhauls. I would also consider adding a storm jib. I personally would not add a separate stay for the storm jib.
I would respectfully suggest that taking the dog is a really bad idea. Life at sea on small boat is not a Labrador retriever’s idea of fun, and sharing a small cabin with a large, wet, seasick canine really does not enhance the ambiance of the voyage.
I wish you the best of luck.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay
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