I owned a Tartan 44 for several years and sailed it all over the South Pacific
as well as the North Pacific
. Put over 20,000 miles on it. The 44 was the 41 with 3 ft. added to the stern. It had a taller rig and was a double spreader. There were only 7 of these made. The hulls were cored to keep the weight down but it was still a heavy weight compared to current
boats. The boat sailed wonderfully on all points of sail. The stories about difficulties downwind were true but that was race
mode with spinnaker
and blooper set and a strong breeze. When cruised with white sails or within normal limits under spinnaker
it was a walk in the park. I only ever ran into one boat that could go upwind with her. A sister-ship we ran into in the South Pacific
raced his in Tonga race
week and kicked butt over the Bendi toys and look a likes.
I sailed that boat in some pretty tough weather
a couple of times and it was a delight. I had way too much money in mine as it was completely rebuilt and outfitted well but the ongoing maintenance
was no different than any boat.
I expect 30 years from now when some of the newer boats are ready for the trash bin some of those old Tartan 41's will still be sailing the oceans.