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Old 23-01-2009, 08:38   #31
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tartan makes good boats ... especially the older 37 is a great design but maybe too big for you.
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Old 23-01-2009, 09:21   #32
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Please realize...

...that my attention here was not to cast aspersions on Swans. The point was that I couldn't get my wife interested in one.

When I evaluate a boat's design I begin with the mainsheet traveler; this is most likely a holdover from the decades I spent as a mainsheet trimmer during my racing days. When my cruising companion evaluates a boat she begins with the galley. To each his/her own. But when you're planning to spend the amount of time in a galley that most liveaboards spend, the Hunter suddenly becomes a very impressive boat.

When I began to look in the 46' range, I discovered that I could get a new Hunter, fully fitted out, in the $300k range. Would I have rather had a Tartan? Absolutely! But the Tartan would have cost more than double what a Hunter of the same displacement cost. Had I taken the career path of a doctor or a lawyer, I'd have probably purchased the Tartan. For better or worse, I'd opted to become an educator. So I bought the Hunter.

No regrets, because me and my Hunter get our summers off. And, as an added bonus, my wife loves to spend time on the boat. We'll be taking the boat out this weekend, as we did last weekend, and the weekend before, and....
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Old 23-01-2009, 10:42   #33
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tartan makes good boats ... especially the older 37 is a great design but maybe too big for you.
Ditto...The Tartan 37 is a magnificent boat. All round great sailer with good draft, points well, not bad down wind and ...oh ya...not dark and closed up inside..

Please Lord...let this thread be over
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. But when you're planning to spend the amount of time in a galley that most liveaboards spend, the Hunter suddenly becomes a very impressive boat. ..
Actually, measure the cockpit! If its for the Caribbean and tropics then that cockpit is pretty important! We eat there, drink, have morning and afternoon teas, sundowners, midnight nibbles, we use it the vegitate from morning to night and also sleep there when the weathers right. At sea one of us is in it all the time.
So measure the cockpit because a Hunter, Catalina, Bene's cockpit will be much larger than any center cockpit boat. Miss Madame turns her nose up at an Oyster because the cockpit is small (fortunately she has only seen plans not the boat for real or she would be looking for someone to buy her one!)

The cockpit on a boat thats cruisng is a very important place.
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