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11-30-2011 01:49 PM
Originally Posted by capnbiff View Post
The search for my next boat (blue water performance cruiser) is narrowing. I''m looking for a Nordic 44 or Tartan 42 early to mid 80''s vintage. If you have an experience based opinion about either one, if you have or know of one that is or might be for sale on the West Coast, I would like to hear from you !
Hi blt2ski,

I'm a broker in Anacortes and have recently listed a clean, very well equipped Nordic 44. Seller is motivated to move into a trawler. Contact me for info and if you'd like to take a look.


11-27-2011 02:06 PM
night0wl Ten year old thread/post...just FYI.
11-27-2011 02:04 PM
Nordic 44 capnbiff. Are you still looking for a Nordic 44? I have a complete ready to go fully equipped 44 in Portland Oregon for sale. Phone 503 285 8778
09-22-2009 10:04 AM
Tartan 42 Is Sea Kindly

I live in Rhode Island and have owned a 1981 Tartan 42 since 2005. Over the past summers my wife and I have cruised twice in Maine and just this past July the two of us sailed her short-handed from Newport to Bermuda and return (we have a Monitor wind vane). I am 68 years old and my wife 66 years old.

Frankly, I find it difficult to understand why the boat is dismissed as difficult to sail. We have had her out in conditions up to 40 knots and she takes it a lot better than her crew. As with most big boats, you just need to reef down before it gets too dicey.

The Tartan 42 was extremely well built. From what I have seen on the internet they can be purchased as low as $80,000 to $90,000. There is a boat in South Carolina that has been on the market for almost two years which might even go for less than this. Assuming these boats are in reasonable shape that is a real bargain.

If I have a complaint, it would be the pinched stern and small cockpit. However, the bridge deck and small cockpit are a real bonus if you are going offshore.
08-20-2009 10:57 PM
bobmcgov Okay as long as we have a Nordic thread going.... Has anyone ridden on a Nordic 34 (aka Islander 34-2)? Another Perry design, beamy but quick. Can't say it flips my aesthetic switches, tho the idea of bright, low-upkeep interiors is growing on me. And Perry's layouts are sensible, esp. engine access and galley.

How would you expect this boat to suit shorthanded passagemaking?
08-17-2009 04:18 PM
blt2ski The Nordic 40 is back in production. They have been advertised in some of our local puget sound rags, like and pacific yachting had an article, as did yachting from what I remember of the august issues. The first one is about to splash from what I recall too.

Not a boat for my tastes, but it appears to be a nice boat. The newest version has a walkthru stern as most newer boats have, but overall, the original shape etc is being kept.

08-17-2009 12:49 PM
arjand Jon, thanks very much for your reply. Will follow your advice. Thanks! Arjan
08-17-2009 12:46 PM
arjand Hi BVega,
Just coming back from a two day cruise in Hawaii on a Nordic 44... Really liked the boat and curious why the Nordic 40 is perceived to be the better choise. (Looking for a true Blue water boat to sail and live on for two-three years). Hope you find time to get back to me!
Regards, Arjan
06-16-2009 05:18 PM
svsirius both the Nordic 40 and 44 make great cruising boats given the normal comments about tankage etc. If you really want to know all there is to know about the boats contact Bob Perry. He designed them and for a modest fee will tell you more than any of us can. FWIW I read that they are actually putting them back into production so that should tell you something.
06-16-2009 03:55 PM
arjand lol.... another 2 yrs down the line.... There are currently 2 nordic 40's for sale for 125k. I kinda compare them with a hood 38, malo 116, and maybe (but at a discount because of age) the tartan 41. It is very diffuclt to find info on the nordic 40. Does anybody have tips on where to find more about the boat? (reveiws/experiences etc)? Thnx!
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