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Old 28-06-2015, 14:09   #1
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Question Opinions on Tartan 3500 and late 90's Moody?

On our recent trip to Florida, we saw a couple of nice coastal cruisers. Two different designs- a 2001 Tartan 3500 and a 1998 Moody 362. We're looking for a nice coastal cruiser to take us to the Keys and into the Caribbean.

The Tartan is aft cockpit, and with a fully battened main. The Moody was a center cockpit boat, with a furling main. The aft cabin was very nice and it had new electronics.

I believe the Moody has a solid FRP glass hull, while the Tartan is cored to save weight. I'd give the nod to the Tartan for more spirited sailing, and the Moody for comfort.

Does anyone know if either of these models use a pan liner? Do you have experience or knowledge of their build quality, sailing characteristic or any particular quirks?
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Old 28-06-2015, 20:32   #2
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Re: Opinions on Tartan 3500 and late 90's Moody?

Both sound like good choices for what you want to do. Live a board might tip the scales towards the Moody but I agree that the Tartan would be the faster boat, its 117 PHRF rating suggests its probably quicker by 10-15 seconds.
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Old 28-06-2015, 20:57   #3
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Re: Opinions on Tartan 3500 and late 90's Moody?

JulieMac - I have a 2000 Tartan 3500. I'd say the 3500 is capable of more than coastal cruising, is fast and fun to sail. The boat is solid, well built, look great.....After 15 years, out Tartan looks almost as good as new. PM me if you specific questions,
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Both sound like good choices for what you want to do. Live a board might tip the scales towards the Moody but I agree that the Tartan would be the faster boat, its 117 PHRF rating suggests its probably quicker by 10-15 seconds.
Is that 10-15 seconds per mile?? I've heard of PHRF, but don't know what it means around the buoys.
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Is that 10-15 seconds per mile?? I've heard of PHRF, but don't know what it means around the buoys.
Thats about right
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Re: Opinions on Tartan 3500 and late 90's Moody?

Moody is a British builder, one of the oldest in the world, but little known in the USA.
I sailed a Moody 38 for 14 years, including 11,000 miles in 2 1/2 years, from UK to the Med, then the Caribbean, USA, up to northern Main.
Solid glass hulls, built like a brick built ............, also faster than they look.
Won many classes in ocean races like the UK-Azores and back.
Genoa is the driving sail, in mast main is a balancer.
Hold their price very well, but make more money this side of the pond than in USA.
Will be romping along when most are furling or running for shelter, wonderful heavy weather sea boat.
Visit the Moody Owners web site for huge amounts of information.
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Re: Opinions on Tartan 3500 and late 90's Moody?

What production year/era was the Moody 38 on which you sailed, Malcolm?
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Re: Opinions on Tartan 3500 and late 90's Moody?

At about 5 knots 15 seconds per mile is a lot less less than o.1 kts.
Negligeable in cruising.
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Re: Opinions on Tartan 3500 and late 90's Moody?

Amber Sea was a 1994 Moody 38 with centre cockpit and in-mast furling main.
Worst conditions I sailed her in was in the UK western approaches, constant 50+ knots of wind gusting to 62 knots. We hove to for 12 hours, making about one and a half knots to leeward, and when the wind dropped to 35 knots sailed on.
Moody's are bomb proof sea boats, and will cope well with the tough conditions the Great Lakes produce at times.

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Re: Opinions on Tartan 3500 and late 90's Moody?

We owned a tartan 3500, built in 2001. Excellent excellent boat. Sailed the boat on Ches. Bay for 3 years and sold it for very close to what I paid for it.
The boat had furling Genoa (worked great) and the fishing line flaking system for the main. Dutchman ! Dutchman didn't work as nicely as the demo, but still worked fine. We had AC and it was a dream to take on overnights.
Very very stable boat. We didn't race, but we would, frequently overtake J boats.and larger boats because it sailed so well. The 135 Genoa was a power house. We upgraded the factory Refrig got more cooling and less power draw.

Loved tartan wood work. It is soooo much better than the laminated stuff you see on beneteus. They are in a race to the bottom, and they have won.

We upgraded to a used tartan 3700. And we are happy. Tartans hold their value. tartans can go offshore without breaking something.

Moody is a great boAt also, but never sailed one . Ally's a quality well built boat.
Make sure which ever boat your buy that your survey guy checks everything, every thing that is supposed to work, all electronics, and I would suggest an amp hour meter of you are going off shore
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