The Tayana 48 OS gives a new look to a familiar Robert Perry hull

IN MANDARIN, TA YANG MEANS "big ocean:' After 30 years and a thousand boats, Taiwan's Ta Yang yard enjoys a reputation as one of the best Far East builders of oceangoing boats. The Tayana 37 isn't only a classic of mid-l 970s cruisingboa t design- Robert Perry drew her early in his solo career- but with over 600 built, she also stands out as an uncommon production success as well. Although the first generations of 37s suffered the telltale shortcomings of having been built by craftsmen who weren't sailors, over the years a dedicated owners association (www.tognews.org) has suggested solid improvements that the yard has wisely put into practice.

Following from the 3 7, Ta Yang has added to its cruising boat fleet in a line that ranges up to 65 feet. The newest of these is the Tayana 48 Deck Saloon. Her hull is another Perry design with a proven track record (the 48 DS we sailed last fall was actually hull number 64 of the T48 line); what's new is a deck structure and cabin layout designed by Annapolis-based naval architect Robb Ladd.

As one of seven deck-saloon models out of a total of 26 boats we inspected during last year's CW Boat of the Year contest, she's part of a wide-ranging trend toward spacious main saloons with raised cabin tops and windows around three sides.

Like all Tayanas, the 48 DS is a semi-custom boat; there's room for an owner to move things around.

The boat we sailed featured two large staterooms: one aft, with a queen-size berth amidships; another forward, with an island double. Each has its own head. The galley, featuring Corian countertops and some of the thickest fridge insulation we've seen, runs lengthwise underneath the port cockpit settee. The nav station to starboard feels like a full-blown office. Tempered-glass windows in the cabin top open for ventilation; dorade vents over the staterooms will keep the air flowing, even at sea.

Tayana 48 DS SpecificationsThe deck is defined by 5- inch bulwarks, conferring the safe feeling of being inside the deck's perimeter. Thirty-inch high lifelines solidly mounted to the deck and caprail, plus aggressive nonskid, enhance that feeling.

The 48 DS's hull is a sandwich construction of fiberglass in vinylester and orthophthalic resin over closed-cell PVC foam. The decks are balsa cored. The hull/deck joint is through-bolted with stainless-steel bolts and bonded with 3M 5200. "Massive chainplates," said BOTY judge Skip Moyer.

The boat we sailed is cutter. rigged, with a Selden in-mast roller-furling main. Her displacement/length ratio of 239 puts her slightly above the 211 average of other boats in her BOTY category: the Northwind 43, Hunter Helsen 470, and Hans Christian Offshore Explorer 4750. The Tayana's sail area/displacement ratio is 15.6, compared with a fleet average of 17.8, so she wants a bit more breeze to get her going at the outset.

Her split underbody (fin keel, skeg-hung rudder) makes for deft manuevering, as does her 88-horsepower Yanmar diesel. "It's a great engine room," said Skip. "You could get in it."

Her sailaway price includes an 8-kilowatt Panda generator and dual refrigeration, among other goodies.

At the end of the day, this boat is defined by her interior. "She's like a ballroom," said one judge. Some sailors like that; others don't. It comes down to a question of living comfort versus seagoing comfort and of how you like to cruise.

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This review/article originally appeared in Cruising World Magazine, August 2001 and is written by Tim Murphy. For more great sailboat reviews, visit their website at: www.cruisingworld.com

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