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tartan34C questions

Hello,

I wasn't planning on a major upgrade from my boat but I came across a tartan34C and I could not resist the temptation.

I visited it yesterday and I have a couple question:

1/ How painful is it to take care of the centerboard? I have read about the issue with the pin. Is overall maintenance painful?

2/ I came across some bolts at the edge of the deck which had no nuts (see pictures attached, they are dark sorry, you can see the bolts on as dark sticks on both images). What is that about?

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PS: What gorgeous boats.
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To be precise regarding the pictures, it's the starboard side, behind the cabinets above the seats/berths in the salon.
Also, in this area, there is what feels like butyl tape at the hull-deck area. Is it what tartan used?
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Re: tartan34C questions

I suspect the bolts are hull-to-deck joint. I seem to remember that Tartan sometimes embedded a strip of metal into the structure and tapped it for the bolts rather than using nuts.
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Re: tartan34C questions

On the Tartan 30, under the jib lead tracks there is an aluminum plate embedded in the deck. The screws don't protrude thru the deck however. Your pictures are a little hard to see. Do these screws appear all the way around the boat or just in that area? Port and Stb?
On many of my deck to hull joint screws/nuts you can't see the nuts because they are covered in fiberglass, but the nuts are under there.

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That's the starboard side. I could not see everywhere because the cabinet ends usually hide the joints and some sort of thin liner does that on other places like the v-berth and quarterberth.

The other picture I have shows some in the stern with various levels of penetration.
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Sorry for the quality of the pics. You can see one bolt protruding clearly on the left, then one protruding less, then two on the right, barely showing. They are stainless steel.
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Re: tartan34C questions

The bolts with no nuts go through a piece of Al flatbar that is glassed into the hull flange and tapped to take the bolts. The centerboard pin replacement isn't all that difficult, and may not even need to be done; depends on whether the board droops when in the raised position. There is quite a bit of information on the T34C website pertaining to it's replacement/refurbishment. Other than the pin, and possibly replacing the pendant used for raising and lowering the centerboard there is very little maintenance to do to the board. I had a T34C that I sailed from the east coast of the US to New Zealand. They are great boats, and highly underrated as a good, inexpensive cruiser.
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