Never owned a Tayana, although for a long time it was at the top of my "dream boat" list. I did charter
one for a bit, which only confirmed to me that it would be a great boat
to own. They have their known flaws, but so does every boat
in one way or another.
Tayanas are well-built, well-designed, perform well, and are very easy on the eyes (at least to me). Your biggest issues will probably be related to the boat's age. Obviously the key for you will be to get a good survey
, so you know ahead of time what you're getting into.
I just wanted to address the rig on the particular Tayana you are looking at. A ketch
rig on a Tayana 37
would be deal-killer for me.
For many years I owned a 36' cutter
ketch, similar in size and displacement
to a Tayana 37.
There were many drawbacks to my ketch rig, and I would never again own a boat in that size range with a ketch rig. The mizzen mast
located in the middle of the cockpit
was a huge problem. It interfered with moving around in the cockpit
. The mizzen boom was head-high (I'm not particularly tall at 5'10"). But I was constantly bumping my head
on the mizzen boom. Same for my guests. The mizzen mast
and boom also interfered with installing a proper bimini
. We could have raised the boom and had the sail re-cut, but that would have reduced the sail area of an already-small sail to almost storm-sail size, rendering it practically useless. (It was arguably practically useless at its original size to begin with). We ended up throwing a tarp over the mizzen boom to use as a sort of bimini
90% of the time while sailing. So 90% of the time we never used the mizzen sail.
Add to that, that a ketch rig has an additional sail to raise and lower and trim and tend (and to store and maintain and eventually replace), along with an additional set of spars and rigging
and chainplates to maintain and eventually replace.
I'm not trying to start a "ketch-vs-cutter" debate here. I know that ketch rigs have some advantages. I'm just expressing my personal experiences having owned a ketch rig on a boat that size, and why I would never go down that road again. And I would also point to the fact that, other than a custom or semi-custom build, you don't see ketch rigs on sailboats being designed and built today in the 30' to 40' size range. Probably for many of the same reasons I've pointed out above.
Just something to think about in your boat search.