Originally Posted by brncman
I am looking at several Tartans, a 30C and a 34C. This would be my first cruising boat. Looking to cruise
SE coast. Chesaeake, Pamplico Sound, etc.
I would want to change out the Atomics for a diesel. Anyone have a ballpark for a new diesel for a boat this size?
My wife wants air conditioning. Can these boats handle a generator and AC ? I assume this would require some kind of ductwork. Anyone tried adding air conditioning to these boats? What is involved, including $.
I'm a Tartan 34c owner. (Full disclosure. Boat is under agreement, but that's a long way from sold.) I agree with Pblais that, if you want a diesel, you are better off buying
a boat with one in place. The cost of swapping is likely much greater than the price
I also agree that these are very small boats to put a generator in. I haven't heard of anyone doing it. Physically, there may be space under the cockpit
, but the shift in trim, the effort to vent properly and to build in all the associated cabling would be a bear of an upgrade. I have heard of people using AC units that were plugged to shore power
and were put over the forward hatch
at the dock
. I don't know whether you could find a place for a compressor
and associated conduit inside a boat this size (especially if you used the largest available space for a generator).
There are a lot of Tartans on the Chesapeake. You might be able to hear more direct experiences from the Chesapeake Bay
Tartan Sailing Club (Home - Chesapeake Bay Tartan Sailing Club
). You may also find useful information from owners on the tartansailing listserv at email@example.com
or on the Tartan 34c owners' site: Welcome to the Tartan 34 Classic Association