We have a Transworld 41. Built in 1979 in Taiwan
, same hull
as the CT 41
41 etc but with a center cockpit
. She's still in her original condition with no major flaws. A few leaks
around the skylights in heavy weather
(wind pressing water
throught the seals). As the teak deck
is 30 years old but restored in 2005 I imagine there was some leaks before. Then again, any teak deck
with 30 years behind it is prone to leaks. Stainless seems fine but she's been sailed in the Baltic
since she was new and the water
here is not very salty. We'll sail her down to the caribbean
next year though and we'll see if everything starts rusting away.
have been changed to stainless and I had to repair a rotten mast
after we bought her in April. I looked especially for rot
when I surveyed her prior to buying
but found none. All laminated glass seems to be in excellent condition. Hull
is heavily built and there's 1" och solid GRP in the freeboards! The layout of the rig is kind of old fashioned, everything is done from the mast
and having the main sheet running through the cockpit
and interfering with the winches for the fore sail is a pain in the bu**.
The quality seems to vary a lot depending on when and where they were built, at least 3 different yards built them.
we love her though and wouldn't trade
her for anything. Pictures here: Gone sailin'
Link to William Garden ketch
forum: Formosa41 : Formosa41
Opinions on these boats vary greatly depending on who you ask. Some hate them (they are nicknamed Leaky Teaky and Taiwan Turkey), some love them. They are not fast, but comfortable and IMHO, oh so beautiful.
As for sailing characteristics I can only speak for the 41' model. She's a joy to sail, not fast but nowhere near as slow as some claim. some say they won't go to wind
at all, this isn't true, they will. Not like a modern design, but they will. They are a wee bit tender
at first and the low freeboards make it quite easy to take water on deck on the leeward side. They are very easily balanced with the ketch
rig. I still havn't sailed her in more wind
than around 30 knots of wind and 10 ft waves (on the north sea), but that ride was smooth and comfy. Despite the full keel
(I've only owned full keel
boats and have a lot to compare with) she is surprisingly easy to maneuver.
My conclusion is that william Garden really nkew what he was doing. Build quality varies and each boat must be considered unique. PO maintenance
is the key to present quality. You get a LOT of boat for the money