Re: Possibly buy a boat..
Tartan 30's are really nice boats, I have been out on one and really liked sailing it. They are fairly fast for there age, and seem to have really nice sailing qualities, and would make a great learning platform. They are an older boat, so a survey is really necessary, especially if it is your first boat, unless loosing out on 10 grand would not bother you. Solid boats for sure if it has been well cared for. What are your goals for the boat? Where are you? By the way don't be afraid of offering a bit lower than listing price, lots of boats have been on the market for quite awhile.
The thing with older boats like this are they are often sold as "needing cosmetic work" and that cosmetic work can often times cost more than the boat is worth. Not that it should scare you just be aware of it. Water damage is quite expensive and time consuming to fix for sure. A new engine will cost at least want they are asking so make sure that is solid and running as well. Sails, standing rigging and running rigging are all expensive as well.