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Old 18-07-2011, 04:53   #1
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Tayana Question

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I will be doing a pre-survey inspection on a 1980 Tayana 37.
Any body have any experience or knowledge of these vessels?
Any input or advice would be greatly appreciated particularly regarding
a Tayana 37.

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Old 18-07-2011, 05:14   #2
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Re: Tayana question

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Ed.
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Old 18-07-2011, 05:45   #3
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Re: Tayana question

Yes, I own one. Depends on the year, but the earlier ones had black iron tankage that tended to corrode. Many have had those replaced with stainless or plastic.

Again, depends on the age, but the chainplates in the earlier models were made of 304 stainless, which is somewhat more prone to corrosion than 316 stainless. Look carefully at the plates (and the wooden knees behind them -- for rot from water ingress through the hull).

If you've got a teak deck, you very likely will have water in the deck core. Eventually, that could need replacing -- a huge job. Lastly, the bowsprit. Some were made of teak, some of mahogany -- the later subject to rot.

A small amount of blistering is possible - but these boats have THICK hulls. I would say that's the least of the concerns.
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Re: Tayana question

Ed, Good advice from sneuman. Our Mariner 40 was built by Tayana. Also look for water stains in the wood around the ports and hatches. Look at the deck closely where the staysail attaches. The deck is prone to rot here and the staysail fittings can pull out in heavy conditions. Also check the exhaust system, if original. There was a lot of stainless used that will be corroding from the inside by now. The teak decks are going to be the biggest issue. Chuck
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Old 18-07-2011, 19:58   #5
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Re: Tayana Question

It is a 1980 Tayana.
Mast is aluminum
No teak decks.
New water, fuel, and holding tanks in last year or so.
New exhaust.

Appears that some of the issues have already been resolved.

Any other thoughts?

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Old 20-07-2011, 05:23   #6
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Re: Tayana Question

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It is a 1980 Tayana.
Mast is aluminum
No teak decks.
New water, fuel, and holding tanks in last year or so.
New exhaust.

Appears that some of the issues have already been resolved.

Any other thoughts?

Ed
Definite positives. Look at the chainplates.
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Re: Tayana Question

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It is a 1980 Tayana.
Mast is aluminum
No teak decks.
New water, fuel, and holding tanks in last year or so.
New exhaust.

Appears that some of the issues have already been resolved.

Any other thoughts?

Ed
Look for rot in the bow pulpit. I have a 1985 Tayana 37 and over the years have used Git rot epoxy to lessen the rot issue.
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Re: Tayana Question

So far, nobody has mentioned the sailing qualities of the Tayana 37.

This is one of Bob Perry's early and most popular designs. Many have crossed oceans safely and, I believe, have circumnavigated.

Very strong boat, built for real long-distance cruising.

Not particularly fast, but not slow either. A decent sailor for a full-keel, double-ended design.

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There is a very active owners group on Google and more info
on their old web site.

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I wanted a 37 but I bought a 42 instead. Both are great boats.
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I bought a Tayana 12 years ago, it was a 1983 model.
If I had known then what I know now, I would have bought something else.
There are many positive things to be said about this model (see the posts above, solid boat, proven design, etc) but at the same time there are things that are need to be considered.
-older systems through out, wiring / plumbing is difficult to access, the double ended design makes for awkward storage in the cockpit, deep and not easily accessed. The forward cabin / v berth is small for 2, and the head is a wet shower at the same time. I lived aboard for 18 months, had a great time, but if I were to buy a monohull right now, I would buy a Beneteau Oceanis 37 or 39. Resale is just as easy / hard, but you don't spend anytime on bright work, and your cockpit is double the size. Access to the water is easy, storage is good.
And when it comes to the 'blue water capabilities' myth: I know just as many Beneteau owners who have sailed around the world as I know Tayana owners.
Don't get me wrong, the Tayana is a great boat, but when I took of on my sabbatical I thought I needed a model like the Tayana. Now, many more years of experience have taught me to keep it much more simple.
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