Tasar’s often last and remain competitive for 30+ years due to their unique construction and build quality. Here you find some helpful information on what to look for in buying a new or used Tasar. If you have any additional questions please email one of your local Fleet Officers.
Buying a new Tasar in North America
In North America, new Tasar’s can be ordered from West Coast Sailing.
Buying a used Tasar
Used Tasars are advertised on the Tasar Forum. Boats often range in price from $2k-9k depending on what is included.
Visit the NATA Facebook page for up-to-date information on used boats or to post a question.
An archive of used boats for sale can be found here.
Decoding the hull number
Hull numbers are molded into the transom. On boats built in North America, hull numbers have the format: AAAnnnnnMMYY
- “AAA” indicates where the boat was built, e.g.:
ZYH = built by Alvis Marine in Vancouver, BC
ZFS = built by Performance Sailcraft in Quebec.
- “nnnnn” is the hull/sail number, eg: 02250 is hull number 2250
- “MMYY” are the month and year of manufacture, eg: 0578 indicates a boat built in May 1978
- For boats built by Performance Sailcraft after number 900, the year and month are shown as “Myym”, where “yy” are 2 digits for the year, and “m” is a letter for the month, where A = January. e.g:
ZFS01402M78F = hull number 1402, built in Quebec in June, 1978.
Significance of Sail/Hull Numbers
Sail and hull numbers are generally the same. However, it is the hull number that will tell you what you want to know about a Tasar.
Performance Sailcraft in Quebec were the original Tasar builder in North America. Any Tasar in the US or Canada with hull number below 1700 was probably built by Performance Sailcraft. There are a few boats in NA that were built by Performance Sailcraft in the UK.
Boats with hull numbers below about 900 are reputed to have some kevlar in the hull, and are generally lighter than the next generation boats, which had an extra layer of fiberglass on the bottom of the hull. If you are looking for a light boat (i.e. weighing significantly less than the minimum for racing of 68 kg or 149 lbs), and can find one in good condition, a boat in this hull number range can be a good choice. I don’t know the exact number at which the construction changed, so if the number is higher than 700, you should weigh the hull to determine if it is an early, lighter weight, type hull.
Above this hull number, and up to 1699, hulls had no kevlar, had more fiberglass on the bottom, and typically weighed about 155 lbs. However some boats in this range weighed less, so you might find a hull in this number range that weighs less than the minimum for racing.
After Performance Sailcraft stopped manufacturing the Tasar, the molds and a supply of sails, spars and other parts were purchased by Richard Mellon and Scott Sibley in Vancouver. They had a small number of boats built, starting at hull number 1700.
Shortly after this, John Evetts at Alvis Marine took over as the North American builder. Significant hull numbers for boats made by Alvis Marine include a range from about 2255 to 2294, which had defective foam in the decks. Most of these boats have been repaired by Alvis Marine, and the repaired boats have been completely free of problems. However when tapping the hull and decks of a used Tasar in this range to check for possible delamination or voids, you should pay particular attention to the deck where the skipper and crew sit and hike.
Starting at hull number 2388, Alvis began using a new layup developed by Frank Bethwaite for the hulls. All boats with hulll numbers 2388 and above should weigh less than 149 lbs, and the quality of these boats has been uniformly high.
More information on checking over a used Tasar is available here.