I bought a Tayana 12 years ago, it was a 1983 model.
If I had known then what I know now, I would have bought something else.
There are many positive things to be said about this model (see the posts above, solid boat, proven design, etc) but at the same time there are things that are need to be considered.
-older systems through out, wiring
is difficult to access, the double ended design makes for awkward storage
in the cockpit
, deep and not easily accessed. The forward cabin
/ v berth is small for 2, and the head
is a wet shower
at the same time. I lived aboard for 18 months, had a great time, but if I were to buy a monohull
right now, I would buy a Beneteau Oceanis
37 or 39. Resale is just as easy / hard, but you don't spend anytime on bright work, and your cockpit
is double the size. Access to the water is easy, storage
And when it comes to the 'blue water capabilities' myth: I know just as many Beneteau
owners who have sailed around the world as I know Tayana owners.
Don't get me wrong, the Tayana is a great boat, but when I took of on my sabbatical I thought I needed a model like the Tayana. Now, many more years of experience have taught me to keep it much more simple.