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Old 03-08-2015, 14:21   #1
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37' Tartan 37

Looking for honest opinions on this boat?
1st time Sailing Couple looking to retire in 5 years and blue water sail Bahamas, Keys, Caribbean for rest of days.



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Old 03-08-2015, 14:51   #2
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Re: 37' Tartan 37

If the price is right---Buy it!


I own a Tartan 33. The 33 is perfect for me to single hand. I looked at and almost purchased a 37- they are great boats.


Keep in mind you are buying an older boat. The good thing, is the S&S designs are well built, head turners, but you are buying an older boat. This means you inherit all the good (and bad) things every PO has done to her.


As part of the survey be sure to get an engine and transmission oil analysis. It will give you a hint about the condition of both.


Things to look for on that era of Tartans- where the port and starboard chain plates go through the deck is prone to water damage. Assuming it is not too extensive, the water damage is a fairly easy fix. Likewise the genoa tracks tend to have water issues. Unfortunately, rebidding them is a PITA. On the 33, re-bedding the starboard track required removing the overhead in some of the cabinets.


The good news--there is very active and well informed yahoo tartan group and T-37 website. You can join the yahoo group now and get some good insights from guys who have owned some of these old girls since they were new.
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Old 04-08-2015, 12:05   #3
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Re: 37' Tartan 37

Sweet boats! Beautiful, well proportioned and well built, but I am biased, clearly. +1 to the chainplates though.

Here's one for cheap, though you'd be working on it until you retire. That may work out perfectly since you'll have to learn all the systems anyway. (The ad's from last year but who knows, may be available so price may be even better) It's got most everything, just needs some love. The big reason for the price is likely the engine though.

The only other recommendation, with regards to blue water cruising, may be to look for a boat with an encapsulated keel, not bolt-on such as my T30. The T37 looks to have shallower draft than the 30 with centerboard up, so good for your Bahamas, etc. cruising.

Thing about boats of that era, in general, is that amenities may seem a bit spartan compared to today's standards.

Happy hunting!
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Old 04-08-2015, 12:12   #4
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Second the motion on the Tartan 37, subject to a survey. Tartan was doing a great job with these boats.
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Old 05-08-2015, 04:15   #5
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Re: 37' Tartan 37

Thanks so much for the messages and your honest opinions. We are very excited about this adventure and right now with so many options of boat types it just feels over whelming. We have alot of sailboats in the area but most are freshwater boats so its not as easy to compare.
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Old 08-08-2015, 13:18   #6
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The Tartan 37 is a S&S design and is pretty and solid..it was on my short list along with the Bristol 38 and the Sabre 38. A nice boat.
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Old 08-08-2015, 18:31   #7
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Thanks Mystic
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Old 10-08-2015, 21:18   #8
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I own a Tartan 37 and couldn't be happier. I sail and race her and have just started to single hand. One of my crew refers to her as a '57 Chevy, a classic! Good luck.

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Old 10-08-2015, 22:06   #9
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Thanks for the push. Really sounds like you can't go wrong with Tartan
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Old 10-08-2015, 22:10   #10
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Re: 37' Tartan 37

They're a favorite among cruisers for a reason. Check out the one which just sold here in the classifieds.
Also, a good resource, aside from standard online searches for boat reviews, is Cruising World. You can do searches for reviews there for free, & their "Classic Plastic" column is great. It covers older favs that are worth looking into/purchasing.
And of course there are always; Practical Sailor & Good Old Boat.
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