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Re: Advice for my Tartan 31
Just out of curiosity, where did you purchase the boat from? Reason I ask, is a T31 just sold recently from our marina, Brewer Glen Cove.
That sounds like Doug R.'s old boat. That was a really nicely set up boat that has done some wonderful cruising.
As to the other stuff:
1. Most of the Tartan 31's have single line reefing. Its a very high friction system that does not work all that well, but you can see how its rigged here. Google Image Result for http://theriggingcompany.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/slrboom.gif
2. I don't know how your lazy jacks are rigged but lazy jacks normally come in three varieties, 1. The tension on the lazy can be eased by a line cleated near the base of the mast. 2. lazy jacks which can be eased by a cleat on the boom or which can be disconnected while sailing, or 3. lazy jacks which are permanently rigged but which are long enough that they should be slack any time that you are sailing.
3. From your description of yourself and the kinds of questions you are asking, with all due respect, it does not sound like you are sufficiently knowledgeable to survey a sailboat, especially one with a cored hull as I believe is the case with the Tartan 31. I strongly suggest that you get the boat surveyed properly.
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