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BOATOWNER’S BOAT REVIEW

The Tayana 47/48 By Sonny Furman The Tayana 47 at the dock, showing the large deck.

Tayana 47 layout

Production: 1990 – 2003 LOA: 47’ 0” LWL: 42’ 5” Draft: 5’3” (shoal) 6’5” (standard) Beam: 14’ 3” Displacement: 35,000 lbs. Fuel: 210 gallons Water: 220 gallons Engine: Yanmar, various

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aving sailed for more than 35 years, and owning and refurbishing four other boats, I felt as though I had a good idea of exactly what my wife and I wanted in a cruising sailboat. The search took nearly a year and covered both coasts. Our major criteria included moderate draft, good sea-keeping ability, comfort, storage, overall strength, quality of construction, reasonable speed, and— of course—price. After actually examining more than 15 boats, I admit that I was quite impressed with the Robert Perry-designed Tayana 47/48. All that remained was finding the right one. A center cockpit design, the Tayana 47/48 was built by the Tashing Yard in Taiwan, which is known for exceptionally high quality control and attention to detail. One look at its interior woodwork gives the impression that it really understands joinery, fit and finish. The Tayana and Taswell series are a testament to this, and the solid fiberglass hull layup showed core thickness of nearly 1 1/2” in places. Both the 47 and 48 share the same hull, the only major variation being the sugar scoop transom with boarding steps on the 48. Deck and superstructure are essentially the same, while no two interiors are exactly the same, as they were often built on a semi- custom basis. With a beam of 14’ 3”, they have a voluminous interior, which lends itself to superb storage and living space, the normal configuration having a large forward cabin with separate shower and head, the rear master cabin having a centerline queen berth and large head with shower. During its production, several variations on the nav station and shape of salon settees and dining table can be found. One of the major features that drew me to our current boat, Neshuma, was that it was one of the very few Tayana

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