I have sitting in my drive a one owner Tanzer 8.5 meter. Bought it new in 1979. The hull
are very strong. It would need a few things ( spare rudder
and such ) for offshore
use. This is the boat that I planned to use, but a Viking 33 called out to me with an offer I could not refuse.
" Gently " is a fresh water
boat and that makes a huge difference. All the thru hull
fittings are new. The 2QM15 Yanmar
runs sweet. There are plenty of sails
and winches and ropes and things. Has a Slipstream folding prop. The hull
has always had a barrier coat on it and is beautiful.
This boat will sail circles around a Catalina
27 when it gets rough. It will sail to windward better than a BCC 28.
The Tanzer keel
is cast iron, it can slug a rock and not be damaged.
It has two part cold cure epoxy
on it. The original standing rigging
and the gooseneck were not strong enough. All has been changed to heavier gear
I think there is some photos of the boat on this site somewhere.
When I say it has sails
: 170% headsail, 150, 130 110 plus a small stay sail. 3/4 ounce and 1 1/2 ounce spinnakers. The heavy one can be used single
handedly, I can show you how. The main is near new and there are two spares.
The halyards are lead aft and have clutches, but I usually haul the main up at the mast.
There is an old Tiller Master on board but I would suggest a windvane
and newer auto pilot.
I can show you how to make a wind vane
I would suggest a new industrial strength rudder
and keep the current
one as a spare.
I can show you how to make a new rudder.
The strut for the shaft is stainless and strong. I had it built. The bronze cast ones are suspect.
You can find boats this size and vintage for under $10,000- , then spend a ton of money
on it and still have a $10,000- boat.
I have mine offered at $19,900- which is the appraised price
I got on it.
The Tanzer is drier than my Viking when it is blowing over fourty, in six to 8 foot waves, and the BCC 28s are going sideways.