Originally Posted by Torch
Those are good boats but the drafts might be a bit high for the Caribbean.
I'm curious why you have a $25k + $35k budget rather than a $60k budget. Is it a cash flow issue? Your options would expand if you had more than $25k for the initial purchase.
Excellent question. Every boat I looked at used from 70's to the 90's needed work, and then there was stuff I wanted done. Like new standing & running rigging
, rebedded the stanchions and new lifelines
, new compositing head
, new tanks water
maker, revamped battery
and recharging system.
The Tartan 34C has a nice shoal draft at 3'10 with the centerboard
and you can get a clean one for less than 12k but no swim platform
The CS36T is my fav but not well suited for the carib, I sailed on these in my younger days
The CS 36 merlin by Tony Castro, though its a pan grid glued laminated structure, does have a swim platform and is spacious enough. though i doubt the merlin will sail as well as the CS 36T .
If only I could bolt a usable swim platform on the tartan