We have owned, sailed and lived aboard our Nan Tai 37 for 30 years. We are about 2/3 of the way through a total refit
and will be leaving for the Baja
You need to watch out for the condition of the wiring
, hoses, black iron diesel tanks
etc. In addition you need to pull up the thin layer of fiberglass
overlaying the ballast and reef out the gravel they have added to take up the excess space, then add filler and fiberglass
to provide a better solution. The ply backing for the teak
is suspect and often needs to be replaced. Further they are subject to leaks
in the main hatch
as well as both the forward deck hatch
and butterfly hatch. Further the cheap
formica overhead and cabin
sides goes bad quickly and the fix is long hours to remove it and replace with a better solution (we used a naugasoft from Sailright).
panel should be replaced as it contains about 100amp commercial
breakers and #8 wiring
They are great sailing boats unlike other Taiwan
boats that are real slugs in light air. Ours has done very well in a variety of conditoins.
is well built, no problems with blisters
, but we started out by coating the hull
with three coats of epoxy
. This time we ground the bottom and used 2 coats of west, then 4 coats of 2000E. The gel will craze in strong UV in 30 years but the hull laminate is excellent.
Replace the cheap bronze
thru hulls, poor quality taiwan hose and look over the old MD17C. Ours still runs strong, but parts
are getting a bit harder to find.
We lived aboard with two small kids
and two cats and survived quite well. Our oldest so lived aboard for two years.
Love the large and shallow cockpit
, great for entertaining in port and doesn't pose too much of a problem if a following sea flops aboard, the main hatch is at highest point thus not much of a flooding chance.
Lots and lots of teak
, if you don't like teak don't buy this boat!
We put about 6 months of hard work
into ours and it is now better than new and far more enjoyable. Better reefer, insulated hull interior
and refinished, new plywood
backing, new bulkheads aft. Overhead, refininshed teak, new plumbing
(pex), new hose to heads and waste tank, new A1 diesel
Need more info we'd be more than happy to help.