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Tartan 33
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Description: Tartan 33
Keywords: Tartan 33
 


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Fri March 6, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Only our 3rd year with the boat but overall we are pleased with her. Handles well under both power and sail. Is a fast boat, somewhat tender. Has a very large main that provides most of the power, as is fractional rig, the genoa is smaller and more managable. Belowdecks is finished nicely in teak, a decent sizes nav station to port, galley is to starboard, settees both sides with dining table that folds and stores against the bulkhead. Eight opening portlights allow for good ventilation. Head is forward of main cabin and has hanging lockers port and starboard. The v-birth is accessed via the head.

The tankage is about 60 gallons water and 27 for fuel(diesel). We had a problem with one of the two water tanks leaking at the hosebarb fitting and the tanks are such that they don't drain into the bilge, thus causing our sole to rot in areas. I've heard other Tartans have had similar problems so I don't think it's just the 33.

Do to the large main, we installed a Dutchman flaking system to help tame the large sail when dropping it. I suggest some type of lazyjacks or Dutchman to help with this unless you have several crew available all the time.

In summary, a nice boat with very good performance and with the modifications I just spoke of, easily handled by two people such as a husband and wife.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Wed October 20, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

The design of the Tartan33 is one that suits our family needs for 4 adults with occassional guests. As a couple in our early 50's we particularlly enjoy the ease of handling the jib which is equipped with a Harken furling. The main is very large and difficult to tame on windy days. Lazy jacks are a priority for the next sailing season.

The overall layout of the boat above and below deck is perfectly suited to our needs. There is plenty of room on the deck for day sailing and lounging out. The Tartan33 has a pretty good turn of speed. We have entered a couple of races (jib & main) and have found the boat to be very compettitve.

Overall construction is excellent. There are a few areas that require attention, however, considering the boat is 20 years old that is pretty good. The areas needing attention are of a cosmetic variety.

Having owned the Tartan33 for just 2.5 months, we are delighted with it. Overall satisfaction is excellent. I was told by a couple of Tartan owners that Tartan never made a bad sailing boat. I have been on a 30, 33 and 37 and have found that statement to be correct.
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halyardz
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Registered: September 2000
Location: western Penna.
Posts: 248
Review Date: Sat September 15, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

This S&S scheel keel design, drawing about 4'8" with moderate
load, is a fine cruising boat for
shallow waters. Its fractional rig
provides sufficient performance but
the cruising couple will want to add roller furlering and lazy jacks
to tame the big main. Don't skimp
on the furler. A 110 genny will
move her but many prefer a 150-160
up front.

The mast is a tall one, with instruments mine reaches over 52',
so you may have to watch out for
bridges others don't. The deck layout is OK but there is no anchor
locker. A deep cockpit locker makes
up for this in some regards. There
is an aluminum toerail and just
enough teak to dress it up and not
have you spending days on wood. Overall storage is good for a cruising couple but like the
accommodations, its tight for four
on extended voyage.

This is a solid, go almost anywhere
Tartan. Systems, given the age,
need upgrades and TLC. The Universal 24hp diesel pushes her
nicely. Our folding prop can be
tricky at slow speeds. Keep spare
parts aboard just in case.

If you buy! In addition to the normal hull & safety items: examine the cooktop/stove
combo (replacing is costly), the
pressure water pump (likely original), rudder post, and signs
of stress cracks..a few are expected, alot are not. Also make
sure your surveyor checks the
sanitation and bilge systems very
carefully.

CW rated the T33 a best buy in
classic plastic and we agree but
the prices vary considerably,
sometimes irrespective of gear and
boat condition. We noted sale prices in the low $30s to low 40s
during 2001. As a cruiser for two
with some racing ability, this proved a great choice for us. There
are owner groups and a sailnet
tartan list. Use them.


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Jim & Rose on "Radiant" Tartan 33
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Review Date: Wed December 27, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $35,000.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: the stability is above average in a blow. and she is very responsive in almost no wind
Cons: nothing that can updateing cant overcome

the Tartan-33 is a true pedigree, with her lines drawn by Sparkmen&Stevens Built by Tartan Marine she is a seaworthy sloop
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Anonymous
Review Date: Mon January 15, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $39,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sails well and Dry, Good looks from the dock and Below
Cons: none

The T-33 I sail is the Sheel Keel version with 7/8 fractional rig. first time sailing her in about 3knts wind, I was quite happy how she moved along in so little wind. now with some time under the keel, I have sailed her in almost all conditions and the 33 is a very stable and reliable boat. because of the vintage you may find things that do not last forever like hose or interior fabric may need replacing, but a small price to pay because thy don't make them like this anymore. the cabin is finished with teak oiled from the factory. I have upgraded to satin varnish that looks great and less work oiling teak. the T-33 can do very well in phrf understanding the keel is important, S&S put a lot of time in the test tank and found the lift of the Sheel Keel to equal to the fin and some points superior.I am a club racer,upgraded winches, folding prop, and fresh sails and have found that pointing is not as bad as described by some, and employ some tricks like taking the lazy genny sheet to the coach roof winch that helps draw the sail in for incresed upwind gains. another thing that helps is adjusting the traveler. in light air it should be amidship or a little higher in big air under amidship and if you still have weather lower the traveler more, most reef to soon not understanding the sail controls will eliminate weather helm. I have been happy with the perfomance and comfort of the T-33 as I cruise with just my wife (95lbs) and I sailing short handed is easy and we feel safe in the deep cockpit and the boat looks just as good getting us where we go.
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Anonymous
Review Date: Wed January 31, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sparkman&Stevens Designed
Cons:

what a Beautifull sailboat. as someone posted the interior is SOLID TEAK!!. I have just bought this boat after viewing many in my budget range, all that I seen looked like the inside of my ice box, at first sight I knew this would clean up nicely!. the savings from not buying new has been put into updating,and paint & varnish. this I left for the pro's to do for me, stunning! results.
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Anonymous
Review Date: Mon July 30, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $40,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: fast boat
Cons: none

Great Boat! new to us this spring everything has been polished, painted or replaced by the previous owner. the Boat is everything we could ask for, Good performance, Great looks!! and when we pull in to the Dock for an Evening even the Old Salties ask about our Boat.
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moonie5961

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Registered: October 2008
Posts: 40
Review Date: Mon January 19, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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Could you see the Tartan 33 being a liveaboard?
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