The Tayana 37 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Tayana 37, a long-keeled cutter, was designed by Bob Perry and built in Taiwan by Ta Yang Yacht Building.

A Tayana 37 sailboat on a mooring ball in Prickly Bay, Grenada, West Indies.A Tayana 37 - a heavy displacement, long-keeled, canoe-sterned cruising boat.

Published Specification for the Tayana 37

Underwater Profile: Long Keel

Hull Material: GRP

Length Overall: 36'8" / 11.2m

Waterline Length: 31'0" /9.5m

Beam: 11'6" / 3.5m

Draft: 5'8" / 1.7m

Rig Type: Cutter

Displacement: 22,500lb / 10,206kg

Designer: Bob Perry

Builder: Ta Yang Yacht Building (Taiwan)

Year First Built: 1976

Number Built: 558

Owners Association: Tayana Owners Group

Published Design Ratios for the Tayana 37

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 17.4

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 35.6

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 337

4. Comfort Ratio: 41.1

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.6

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Tayana 37

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 17.4 suggests that the Tayana 37 will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 35.6 means that unless the bulk of the ballast is concentrated in a bulb at the foot of her keel, the Tayana 37 will have a tendency to heel excessively in a gust, and she'll need to be reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze. 

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 337, tells us the Tayana 37 is clearly a heavy displacement cruising boat. You can load her down with all your cruising gear and equipment and it will hardly affect her waterline. Not an ideal choice for coastal sailing, but she'll come into her own on an offshore passage in testing conditions.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 41.1 suggests that crew comfort of a Tayana 37 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a heavy bluewater cruising boat. Pitching and rolling will be well damped - your cup of coffee on the salon table stands a reasonable chance of staying there in most conditions.

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.6 tells us that a Tayana 37 would be a considerably safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 

The Tayana 37 below decks...

Tayana 37 Accommodation LayoutTayana 37 Accommodation Layout

The interior could be customized to suit the owner's preferences, but a typical configuration has sleeping accommodation for six people, with a V-berth in the forecabin, a U-shaped settee with a drop-down dinette table and a straight settee opposite, and a quarter berth on the starboard side extending under the cockpit. The head was located on the port side between the forecabin and the main cabin. The galley was U-shaped and located at the foot of the companionway steps on the port side. The navigation station was located opposite the galley, on the starboard side.

Cruisers' Questions about this Sailboat...

How many versions of the Tayana 37 were produced and how do they differ?

There were two main versions of the Tayana 37: the cutter-rigged sloop and the ketch rig. The cutter rig was more popular and had a sail area of 846ft2 (78.6m2), while the ketch rig had a sail area of 1,000ft2 (92.9m2). There was also a pilothouse version for those that prefer more protection from the elements.

How does the Tayana 37 perform under sail?

The Tayana 37 is known for its excellent performance under sail, especially in heavy weather and long passages. It is stable, balanced, and responsive, with good windward ability and speed potential. In light winds however, its heavy displacement and large wetted are work against it.

How much does a Tayana 37 cost?

The price of a new Tayana 37 depends on the options and customizations chosen by the owner, but it is estimated to be around $250,000 USD as of 2020. The price of a used Tayana 37 varies depending on the year, condition, and equipment of the boat, but it can range from $40,000 to $100,000 USD or more.

What is the history of Ta Yang Yacht Building?

Ta Yang Yacht Building is a Taiwanese company that specializes in building semi-custom sailing vessels ranging in size from 32 to 72 feet. The company was founded in 1973 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, by C.T. Chen, who also co-founded Ta Chiao Yacht Building. The company's name means "big ocean" in Mandarin, and its brand name Tayana means "belongs to big ocean".

The company's first model was the Sea Wolf 41, also known as the Yankee Clipper, followed by the Tanton cat ketch. In 1979 the company introduced the Tayana 37.

The company has since produced many other models, such as the Tayana Vancouver 42, the Tayana 48, the Tayana 55, and the Tayana 72. The company also offers deck saloon and pilothouse versions of some of its yachts. The company's yachts are known for their quality, performance, and seaworthiness. As of 2012, the company had built over 1,400 yachts.

Unfortunately, Ta Yang Yacht Building has been closed of business since September 2020.

Who is Robert Perry and what other boats has he designed?

Robert Perry is a U.S. yacht designer based in Seattle, Washington. He is one of the most influential and prolific designers of modern cruising yachts, with over 200 designs to his credit.

He started his career in 1970, working for Jay Benford and then Dick Carter. His first design was the CT 54, a clipper-bowed ketch built by Ta Yang Yacht Building in Taiwan. His breakthrough design was the Valiant 40, a performance cruiser that introduced the concept of a fin keel and skeg hung rudder on a double-ended hull.

Perry has designed boats for many well-known brands, such as Tayana, Cheoy Lee, Valiant, Baba, Ta Shing, Islander, Passport and Saga. He has also designed many custom yachts for individual clients, ranging from 24 to 97 feet in length. Some of his most famous and iconic designs include the Tayana 37, the Tayana 48, the Saga 43, the Nordic 44, the Passport 40, and the Flying Dutchman 12 meter (FD-12).

Perry has also taught yacht design at Evergreen State College and written several books and articles on yacht design and sailing. He is active on social media and runs his own website where he showcases his designs and shares his insights on yacht design. He is still designing new boats and enjoys sailing on his own boat, a Perry-designed Saga 43 named 'Flashgirl'.

The above answers were drafted by using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; to the best of our knowledge, we believe them to be accurate.

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