What flavor of T-37 are you looking at. I had a T-37C for seven years. If that's what you're looking at make sure you check the rudder
, after a number of years the T-37 rudders began to delaminate. Our surveyor
picked that up and told us it was a common problem. Tis about a $2k job to have it replaced by a yard (may be a biy more now since this was a few years ago).
On the plus side you get a roomy boat with a nice air interior
. The walkways between the cockpit
and the foredeck are relatively wide for that size boat, a good safety
factor. She sails
quite nicely and can be easily single-handed. With the board up she draws 4ft 2 in, very good for shallow areas, with the board down she draws 7+ ft and you get good control. She's a very pretty boat with comfortable accommodations for a couple. Our interior
with its light cushions
was very airy and inviting. All in all the older Tartan 37s were among the better-built production boats and if well looked after ware good solid vessels.
On the minus side, the cockpit
is a little small for more than four people. My wife had a very hard time reaching many of the galley
lockers (but she is 5 ft even) The boat is relatively light and tens to by thrown around in a seaway. In the chop of the Chesapeake she tended to bounce around a lot. Our boat had teak
strips on the cockpit lockers which looked ratty no matter what I did -- finally took them off and refinished the locker tops.
Why did we get rid of her? My wife did not really like her after living with her for a bit. It was mainly the way she bounced around even when heeled to the wind
. And mainly we dcided that we were going to sell everything, move aboard and cruise
, first the Caribbean
and then .. well, wherever. We wanted something a bit more comfortable. When we took Enchantress out for a test sail and had her on the wind
driving through the water
at 11 kts steady as a rock my wife said that this was the boat.
But I have nothing bad to say about the Tartan 37 a well made and pretty boat.
If you have any specific questions I'd nbe happy to answer them either on line or thru pm