Re: getting a Tartan 34C ready for offshore trip
The ISAF rules for Category 1 make a great checklist for potential offshore sailors. You are unlikely to have a boat that meets all the requirements (who want to strip vinyl coating off lifelines), but it have have some ideas that might be novel to you.
ISPA Yachtmaster Offshore Instructor Evaluator
Sail Canada Advanced Cruising Instructor
IYT Yachtmaster Coastal Instructor
As I sail, I praise God, and care not. (Luke Foxe)