I am leaning towards purchasing
a 1968 Tartan 27. I am completely new to owning a boat
. I have a 3 years experience helping out a friend work
on his boat
in exchange for sailing. I've done some engine work
but, it was a diesel- the boat was a Morgan
I still consider myself a "new" sailor. I have at least 30 sails
out of the Beaufort
Inlet each lasting 3-5 days in many small craft advisories with another person who had 30 years experience. Very little calm water
experience.... I don't plan on doing this with the Tartan.
Is this boat a good single
hander? For someone who never has?
I took this boat out with the owner the other day and have spent the past 40 hours in front of my computer trying to read everything about this boat.
My biggest concern about this boat is the A4 engine
damage. The boat was left for 10 months in rain which caused the cabin
to fill with 6 inches of water over the floorboards- the engine was partially submerged. A waterline I saw looked more like 10 inches. I was told it was all freshwater. I don't know how long it was in water. The floors are not flat anymore.
The owner filled the engine with oil
and emptied it a couple times per his own research
We took the boat out and the engine ran but, there was a fair amount of smoke which he assured me as normal. The gauges, although new in 2013, don't work so it was hard to tell what was happening. I pushed the engine to full throttle and backed off a bit- there was more smoke. The fumes in the cabin
were almost intolerable with the hatches open.
squealed a lot when switching from battery
1 to 2- he adjusted some belts and it went away.
The engine seemed to work fine. I did notice that the blower is insanely loud. Is this normal for Tartan 27's?
Do you think I will have to replace all the wiring
He owned this boat for a year- sailed it from MA to NC. It has been sitting for 10 months unattended in a marina that I used to sail a boat out of- it has very high tides and often water rises over the pier. I have some concern for how tight his lines were.... and the lack of a spring line. I think there is a small stress fracture in the hull
which could be from tight lines? BUT I am no expert.
He also was a new sailor, seems talented but 1000 miles as a learning
experience could do some damage?...He did run aground twice. He seemed to not do a lot of basic maintenance
such as checking zincs....
The stuffing box also may not be dripping enough... I only have experience with a stuffing box on land....
We didn't raise the mainsail
because of the weather
.... he did note that it sticks a fair amount. I assumed that is easy to fix?
I was thinking of getting a survey- does that make sense? They are very expensive!
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I want to buy it but, I feel over my head
because of the water........
I am being thorough about this purchase
because I have limitations about how much I can realistically spend on a boat. I don't want to get a boat and kill it because it is too much money
. I see boats as family
*** with the smoke- I know that it is coming out where the oil
goes in. It has the Indigo PVC
kit and has been converted to fresh water cooled.