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Old 09-12-2014, 11:39   #1
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Opinions on 1973 Tartan 46/48

I am considering purchasing a 1973 Tartan 46. This model boat was designed by Sparkman and Stephens and built by Tartan marine from 1972 to 1974. Apparently there was at least one boat of this type that has circumnavigated. It is my understanding that the there was a also Tartan 48 model that was very similar to the 46 (the 48 had a slightly different stern configuration).

Does anybody have any experience with this model Tartan? I am especially interested in build quality and sailing characteristics.



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Re: Opinions on 1973 Tartan 46/48

Look like a great design anyway. Protected rudder. Nice layout.

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Kate...Isn't that you over there on Sailing Anarchy as well????
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Re: Opinions on 1973 Tartan 46/48

Kate- I have a Tartan 43 (1974) which is the little sister of the 46/48. The 43 is the traditional transom version of the more popular Tartan 41 (84 of the 41/43/44) series were built. Several are still racing in the Newport /Bermuda and Marion to Bermuda races. One was in the '79 Fasnet race The build quality is generally very good & strong. I have been to Bermuda (from Ct) and to carib and back. I do my own work (including new engine). I replaced one small bulkhead where a babystay chainplate had leaked. Some water in deck problems have been fixed.
I have seen several of the 41's that were raced hard and put away wet. I wouldn't take those examples offshore without some serious work that would not be the best investment of time or money. What are your plans for the boat? By the way the boat should sail like a witch upwind (a 7'7") draft. The #1 genoa will be huge. The S & S boats from the 70's were great upwind boats and conservative in design compared to newer race boats from the 80's & 90's. I would want a serious survey. Engine replacement & water in cored deck would be potential repairs/improvements. Is this the 46 that's up in Ontario? There was on in Washington for sale a year or 2 ago. Feel free to contact me. Tim
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Re: Opinions on 1973 Tartan 46/48

If you are looking for a Tartan designed by Sparkman and Stephens, the Tartan 37 is an excellent boat. They built 486 of them, easy to single hand. Most of them had the centerboard keel with draft of 4ft 2in then 7 ft 11 with the board down. They have a good owner support network also at Tartan 37 association. The size of the sails on the 37 are about 60% less than on the 46. No big deal if you have lots of crew. Sleeps the same number of people and the same number of heads. Just tossing it out there. Barry
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It is a very nice boat! i think you made the right choice. Go for it!

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