If the price
is right---Buy it!
I own a Tartan 33. The 33 is perfect for me to single
hand. I looked at and almost purchased a 37- they are great boats.
Keep in mind you are buying
an older boat
. The good thing, is the S&S designs are well built, head
turners, but you are buying
an older boat. This means you inherit all the good (and bad) things every PO has done to her.
As part of the survey
be sure to get an engine
and transmission oil
analysis. It will give you a hint about the condition of both.
Things to look for on that era of Tartans- where the port and starboard chain plates go through the deck
is prone to water
damage. Assuming it is not too extensive, the water
damage is a fairly easy fix. Likewise the genoa
tracks tend to have water issues. Unfortunately, rebidding them is a PITA. On the 33, re-bedding the starboard track required removing the overhead in some of the cabinets.
The good news--there is very active and well informed yahoo tartan group and T-37 website. You can join the yahoo group now and get some good insights from guys who have owned some of these old girls since they were new.