The Transpacs are failry swift for their displacement; sporting a
relatively long waterline/LOA ratio. The rest depends on the rig
Most were built as Ketch Rigs
but as with most Ketches we fould the
Mizzen to be fairly useless except on reaches and downwind.
I think a few TransPacs were built as Yawls which should perform a bit better.
My family had a custom 1978 Transpac built for them in Taiwan, Hull # 12.
It had a 70% all-custom interior; most notably the Galley sink island ran
paralell to the keel, rather than sticking out from the Port side. Many, many other changes too.
It also had two stern windows instead of the usual 3 for reasons I will explain.
scheme was Black. Original name was 'Encore'.
My dad was more than a bit of an engineer and took several trips to Taiwan
to oversee the construction and add countless modifications;
some of which were actually adapted to later Transpac 49s and MK IIs.
First off, these are extremely thick-hulled boats; don't worry about the F/G.
They were built basically by the same builder as the still-Famous Mason 43s
(Famous for good workmanship).
Dad originally commisioned hull # 8, but that boat was distroyed during shipping;
It was on the deck of a huge container ship with several other boats when the
ship ran into what was described as the worst pacific storm in 30 years.
Most of the brand-new boats broke their deck lines
and started a huge
sliding demo derby on the deck of the container ship. Must have been quite a sight
The Transpac 49 was the only boat left in recognizable condition;
although still a total loss. Most of the damage was in the stern as I understand it.
That is why dad changed the drawings for hull #12 to have only 2 stern windows.
He also made reinforcements to the rudder post cage and other structural
improvements added to later Transpac 49s and MK IIs.
As with any used sailboat check the usual items; such as electrolysis of
(improper grounding) which can fuse a rig
together over time
to the point where you need the Jaws of Life to take anything apart.
(That happed to me on a Lancer 40).
If you happen accross Hull # 12 let me know as I have more info and
pictures taken during the construction process that might be helpful for you.
Dad's bio is here; including a link showing our Transpac 49 'Encore'.