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The 30 is my idea of a minimum small family boat. You might expand your interest in the Tartan 30 to the comparable boats of that era: Pearson 30, Pearson 31, Pearson 303, Catalina 30, O'Day 30 or C&C 30, or a little more money to a Sabre 30. The Tartan and C&C offer the best performance, but the others aren't bad, however being old now, condition and updates would be king. You may have to spend a bit more if you want a diesel instead of an A4, and frankly you'll save money if you buy a premium example versus a fix-it-upper.. Here are some examples:


 

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Tartan 30' for $10,000? What are you smoking!?
Start with this one...?

The Tartan 30 is a very desireable boat, but they are old and most will be overdue for upgrades. I would say $5-8,000 is a typical price, there was one recently on CL for free, it did go in a few days. A good one, well maintained with an upgrade diesel, and good sails, electronics and canvas, can run $15,000...
 
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