I like the Tahiti ketch
and her progeny. Very shippy and salty, and comfortable as can be. I also do not thing they roll too badly, but I suspect they pitch
badly, like any double-ender. So this may be of interest -
For what it's worth, I just looked closely at a steel
Tahitana advertised for sail in the current
issue (Oct 2011, web presentation of '48 North' magazine 48° North - The Sailing Magazine
) . The asking price
is $15,000, and here is my assessment.
The boat suffers from the following major issues:
Some serious rust areas on the deck
around the cockpit
A complete lack of an interior
An installed 2 cyl Sabb with hand start capability, but with no cooling
no batteries, nor electrics of any kind.
A huge I-beam (not to original plans) welded to the bottom of the keel
that would generate enormous drag; and which may indicate stability issues; it would have to be removed.
Junk and grime everywhere below and on deck
is a light pole, not a yacht spar (she is cutter
The boat has not been sailed since around the early 90's.
The boat needs a sandblast and epoxy
tar treatment inside and out, although the hull
looks OK and is not rusting.
is homebuilt and has no hydro dynamic properties.
It is lying in the South Park Marina, surrounded very closely by other project boats, and really ought to be moved to a location suitable for serious renovation
On the positive side, it comes with tools, and a ton of (probably obsolete) gear
. The owner is a nice fellow, a retired deck engineer
from the merchant marine
, but is getting too old to continue the project.
I gave it an immediate pass. This boat is in "seriously deep project" mode. If I were young, skilled, broke, and eager with several years of free time - OK - I might ask for the boat for $100 and take it on. Fortunately, I am not in that position.