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I have the opportunity to go bigger and get a Tartan 37, 1978 vintage. Any opinions or past threads someone can supply? Thanks.
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JeffH, cam or robert gainer could all comment on this issue fairly well. I'm not familiar with the T37 at all—having never seen one, sailed on one or owned one...
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The Tartan 37 is a great boat! I've cruised and raced on one since the mid 80's. They have a nice balanced helm and are very responsive, handling a messy sea with ease. The interior is spacious and light in comparison to her big brother the T-41 which is very dark below deck. The cockpit is relatively big and has lots of storage under the seats.
The centerboard allows us to get into gunk holes that other boats her size have to stay clear of, it can be a bit tricky to lift when running, you have to winch it up very carefully between swells or it can get stuck, although I've only seen this happen once.
As a racer she does pretty well although she's becoming increasingly outgunned by the lighter boats. (She weighs roughly 16,000 pounds)
Properly trimmed she'll go 6-7+ to weather, and I've hit as much as 11 downwind but usually 8-10 with spin.
The construction is typical S/S, quality throughout the boat with a lot of attention function and making critical areas, easily, accessible. I went on board the 3700 at the Boston Boat show and I have to say I prefer the layout of the 37 much more.
The prices are starting to come down quite a bit, I've seen them listed from 65K-85k money well spent for a great boat.
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I have the opportunity to go bigger and get a Tartan 37, 1978 vintage. Any opinions or past threads someone can supply? Thanks.
What would you like to know? Specific questions or just a general opinions?

Here's a couple of links you may find useful in your decision:

Tartan 37 Sailing Association
Tartan37.com • Index page
Welcome to the Tartan Owners website
Sailor's Sourcebook; Cruising World Boat Review: Tartan 37
boats.com - Boat Review/Test: Inside the Tartan 37

The centerboard and cored hull raise allot of concerns for people, but to my knowledge there has never been a serious problem with either. IMO they are a great value and you wont be disappointed with its sailing characteristics. The best is its ability to point so well.

Make sure the survey identifies any blister problems that might be (probably are) present and check the chain plates for leaking as well as the deck to hull joint.

Tartan's have great resources for information, parts, discussion groups, etc, and that was a significant factor in choosing our 37, and on a 1978 boat your going to need all of that, no matter what the build quality
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Thanks for the great advice. I'd seen a few websites, but the directed search really helped. As it turns out, I won the auction and now I'm the happy owner of #131, "Anastasis." Now to ship all that boat crap from the East Coast to Guam for outfitting......
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Have sailed them and almost bought one before I decided on a Canadian Sailcraft or CS-36. The T-37 has nice lines but I decided I did not want a cored hull so I chose the CS. Do a survey what ever you do!
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T3700 helm responsiveness

Hi,

I'm contemplating purchase of a newer 3700 for use on SF Bay. I'd like to understand if the helm is light and responsive and to what degree. Other option is C&C 1500 or 121 which should be really responsive.

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The Tartan 37 is a great boat! I've cruised and raced on one since the mid 80's. They have a nice balanced helm and are very responsive, handling a messy sea with ease. The interior is spacious and light in comparison to her big brother the T-41 which is very dark below deck. The cockpit is relatively big and has lots of storage under the seats.
The centerboard allows us to get into gunk holes that other boats her size have to stay clear of, it can be a bit tricky to lift when running, you have to winch it up very carefully between swells or it can get stuck, although I've only seen this happen once.
As a racer she does pretty well although she's becoming increasingly outgunned by the lighter boats. (She weighs roughly 16,000 pounds)
Properly trimmed she'll go 6-7+ to weather, and I've hit as much as 11 downwind but usually 8-10 with spin.
The construction is typical S/S, quality throughout the boat with a lot of attention function and making critical areas, easily, accessible. I went on board the 3700 at the Boston Boat show and I have to say I prefer the layout of the 37 much more.
The prices are starting to come down quite a bit, I've seen them listed from 65K-85k money well spent for a great boat.
Good luck.
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Mgahagan...welcome! If you are contemplating a new 3700 you should read the recent threads on Tartan quality and customer service in this series of boats...as well as the similar thread on the 121.
Start here:
New Tartan and C&C Shoppers Boat Show Show Checklist and here:
http://www.sailnet.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35760
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