My client has a Tartan 37. I have sailed it. I think you can do better in terms of performance with an Express.
That is,,,,,,,unless you want a ride in the WAY BACK machine.
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The express rates a minute a mile faster, it's going to be a quicker ride then a tartan 37. The express rates the same as the j35, shock 35, c&c 41, Thomas 35. Of the group mentioned it was a more finicky boat to race well. The J or the shock were the easiest to sail well consistently.
Not sure of prices in the USA, but I would consider the first 310 by Beneteau. It is the same hull as the first figaro I but boat was tamed down for cruising. Hence it is very seaworthy and fast for a cruising boat.
How well does this set up do upwind. Criteria is split between speed/comfort/ease...? Also, on a cruiser...continually hammering on leeward rudder in a twin rudder set up...I dunno...I'd rather have one big rudder.
Not that well, we raced against one two weeks ago on a tartan 33r with Chinese cruising sails. It was quickly left behind.
some recently that i've been considering are the yankee 30 and the ericson 32-3. I think my preferred size is in the ballpark of 30-34 ft, approx 10-12,000 displacement.
As the current caretaker of an Ericson 32-III, I'm a big fan. I think it's a great choice. 32.5 LOA, 6' draft, 9800 pounds empty, sails well, comfortable, and I've found it quite easy to single-hand when set up appropriately.
Prior owner sailed her to Kauai and back, has moved up to an Ericson 38 but still refers to the 32-III as "the best all-around boat I ever owned".
Ha! I was going to post that video and here you went and beat me to it. But since you bought the boat it should be you who posts the video!