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Old 13-08-2010, 20:02   #1
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Tartan 30

Opinions on Tartan 30? I've got one in my gunsights with almost new sails and a Universal Diesal, no Atomic 30. Will buy new rig. Will it make it from Chesapeake to USVI? Beyond? 'Preciate any insight.
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Old 13-08-2010, 20:08   #2
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Yes, if it is in good shape. The design will take you anywhere, but she will probably need updating as most 30s are pretty old. Have fun.
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I would find the best surveyor and tell him/her what your plans are. I'd choose the surveyor who sounds like they would be the most stringent and most likely to make all the recommendations to get the boat ready.

I'm pretty sure the hull as built will be fine as long as it has not been abused. It has a skeg hung rudder which is a big plus, correct? Might just need a beefed up rig and maybe new chainplates. I would make sure the bulkheads and tabbing to the hull are rock solid and of course the rudder and it's attachments have to be in good shape.

The engine in the middle of the boat should give you a good motion at sea.
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One of my best sailing friends sailed around the world in a Tartan 30 with his wife. The only problem he ever had with the boat is that one of the amidships bulkheads broke loose from the hull when beating to windward coming down to the Caribbean from Florida. He reinforced all of the bulkhead tabbing, and then proceeded to perform a four year circumnavigation without any structural problems.

When he was rounding South Africa in the Aghulas current, he capsized 180 degrees while he was eating beets, and had red beet juice on the overhead in the salon to prove that his boat was upside down for an instant. The life raft was washed away in the capsize, and he sustained a small bend in the boom that did not require any repair before completing the circumnavigation in Florida.

He loved his Tartan 30, and it took great care of him even when conditions were extreme.

Enjoy your Tartan 30.
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Old 14-08-2010, 09:44   #5
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Thanks. Now I have a mouthful of coffee on my computer screen to prove I read the post about the guy with beet juice on his cabin roof!
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Old 14-08-2010, 16:51   #6
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I'm with Drew, VERY interesting post there, MAXINGOUT, I happen to have two mouthfulls of coffee on my computer screen, one spitful after your input and one after Drew's... I wnat to thank you both.
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