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Tee, hee there guys but it's not me that's facing ruin on that one.

That thread is elsewhere.

Get the guy with the bent boat to come on.

He is much more familiar with his Tartan and its manufacturer than me.
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Do we blame the venerable Harley Davidson name for the schlock they turned out when owned by AMF? I would say not. The brand may pass through many hands over its life, and the quality can only be judged one "era" at a time. I've never heard of any tartan of that era collapsing, imploding, or otherwise self-destructing.
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And when did the last era end and the current one start?
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Good question. From anecdotal evidence it would appear to be around 2000. But your point is well taken that we can't be sure. I limited my search to pre-1990 boats, but that was mostly an economic decision.
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Exclamation An option for you...

Take a look at the current eBay Auction, for "True Blue", a classic, 1976 Mull designed, Ranger 33. Now there's a great sailing option, for you to condiser!
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To even consider a mull design in the same breath as one from Olin Stephens is blasphemy!!!

First the wheel position...take a little getting used to, but I now much prefer it. Helmsman in front of those lounging about with an unobstructed view is a good thing.

Things to look for - possible deck delamination issues on the bow, forward of the coachroof. Have a look at the lower bearing where the rudder sits on the skeg. The CB pin can be an issue and you should ask if it has ever been replaced / repaired. If pin is original then I would use it as a bargaining tool, not a deal breaker. There is pleanty of repair info on the owers site to get you through doing the repair yourself. Design/function of the CB is verygood and easy to fix if needed. Beyond those you don't really have any issue other than the norm for a boat that age.

As for the question about era's of Tartans. I think the 'C' at the end of T34C clearly indicates a different era. It got that 'C' designation for a reason. (and not just because it's old)

I'd be happy to answer any specific questions you have if you want to PM me or post it here.

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The problems seem restricted to the 00 series of boats (3700, 4100 etc.), and judging by the discussions, it seems like somewhere in the 2002 range to present is where the "problem boats" or poor factory service claims have begun.
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FYI...Sailing Magazine article

http://www.sailingmagazine.net/ubn_0504.html

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Another interesting article...

http://www.s-and-s-association.org/d...CcIaGK6bvY.pdf

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