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Tartan 28
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4 5270 Tue November 20, 2007
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Description: Tartan 28
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Review Date: Thu September 25, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Aft cockpit, masthead rig, fin keel, keel-stepped mast, aluminum toe rail and deck-to-hull joint thru-bolted to aluminum plate glassed into hull flange. Very solid construction common to larger Tartans. Port - galley aft, settee, hanging locker. Starboard-quarter berth aft, settee (converts to double), dining table stores on bulkhead. Head forward to starboard. V-berth forward. Very roomy layout for a 28-foot boat. All five berths quite comfortable. Boat was only recently purchased. Only apparent weakness so far is high level of vibration from 3/4-inch prop shaft that extends too far out of supporting strut. I am very satisfied so far and would like to read opinions/suggestions of other Tartan 28 owners.
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Review Date: Sat September 9, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Just purchased may 2000.First boat and am very happy so far.
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David M. Coleman

Registered: October 2006
Location: Detroit, MI
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Review Date: Tue October 24, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Good looking, well-constructed, and a joy to sail.
Cons: few

Purchased my Tartan 28 last spring after selling a vintage 50' (wooden) thoroughbred racer, so this is quite a change. In short I like the 'baby Tartan' as I call her. She was owned and kept in near Bristol condition by a friend and former racing sparing partner for a number of years. His widow was hoping I would purchase her, and I'm glad that I did. Compared to most of the other vessels in this size/vintage range, the Tartan is a clear winner. She is very well-constructed; very soldid to say the least. There are alomst no signs of fatigue or crazing that you might expect of a small yacht of this vintage. As noted above she is amazingly roomy, and well-appointed for a 28-footer. All of the rigging runs back to the cockpit so in principal it will be easy to signle-handle her. She is very attractive and everyone is suprised that she is of mid-80's vintage. I don't have serious problems w/ engine vibrations, but have heard others say that this is a generic problem.

She is a blast to sail and to race. She points high and does well in both light and moderately heavy air.

I think the split back-stay is abit goofy, and want to reconfigure that. Also, I wish there was a separate navigation station but there have to be compromises because of her overall size (and the table will probably work out fine).
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Review Date: Tue November 20, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $25.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Durable construction, excellent design, sails beautifully.
Cons: No longer in production.

I authored my original review just shortly after I purchased my Tartan 28 in September 1997. I have now owned the boat for 10 years and can certainly attest to its durability. Regarding earlier comments on prop vibration, I replaced the shaft and cutlass bearing the following season and that took care of the vibration issue. Also added a packless shaft seal at that time. Other improvements over the years have included upgrading to Andersen self-tailing winches, Garhauer blocks, desk organizers, and rope clutches, Garhauer rigid boom vang, Wichard lazy jacks, new North mainsail, new 30-gal fresh water tank, new head, new engine exhaust elbow. I don't sail the boat as much as I would like, and have often decribed it as a "great boat to neglect," as it has held up well with less than diligent maintenance on my part, and she still draws many compliments. In my view, it is still the most well-designed 28 foot pocket cruiser around.
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