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I have made what appears to be a successful bid on a almost new tartan 3400. Given all the debate about build quality about these newer Tartan models, does anyone have any evidence why I should not proceed with this purchase? The boat is perfect, for me, sailing mostly the Chesapeake, single handed. I owned a Tartan 37 before and found it to be very well built and designed well. Any comment would be appreciated before I proceed with survey and writing a rather large check.
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There has been some discussion here on Sailnet about the later tartans with delamination issues and Yanmar saildrive problems.

Go to the search bar and look for those threads....

I think they are nice boats, look OK.
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I have been following the threads. I know the issues mentioned by the two unhappy Tartan customers which purchased 3700 models. I also know of the Yanmar saildrive issues. I am looking for any thing new responses that might or should be considered. Thanks
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You will be very happy with the tartan...great boat all around! Sound and sails well, a very capable bay boat and beyond

enjoy, but definitely do the surveys

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I have made what appears to be a successful bid on a almost new tartan 3400. Given all the debate about build quality about these newer Tartan models, does anyone have any evidence why I should not proceed with this purchase? The boat is perfect, for me, sailing mostly the Chesapeake, single handed. I owned a Tartan 37 before and found it to be very well built and designed well. Any comment would be appreciated before I proceed with survey and writing a rather large check.
Are you buying the beautiful Light blueish 3400 in Deltaville? My wife and I were walking the docks at our marina and stopped to take a longing look at that boat yesterday.

If thats the one, I'm sure you'll be the envy of your marina -- Its a beautiful boat. Good Luck.

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A fellow club member here found that the keel on his Tartan 372 was not on straight fore & aft. He apparently had to have it re-aligned so he wasn't faster on one tack than the other. Still not fast enough to catch us, though. The 3400 seems like a capable cruiser. Be sure to be there to go over the boat with the surveyor, and ask questions. I find it a good way to learn things that will either be very helpful with this boat, or another one, and which may not turn up in a surveyor's written report. (The way he sniffs with disapproval at a poorly aligned engine belt tells you to be alert to other engine issues, for example. Where he puts his moisture meter shows you the spots you might want to keep an eye on later.) Good luck!
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Get the survey before you write the really big check... Is yours one of the epoxy hulls?

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Sd, I think all the new '00' series Tartans are epoxy and corecell.
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Max-on...the NEW ones are epoxy but the original "oo"s in the early part of this decade were not. See the tartan thread for dates on when each model got the change-over.

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Thanks Cam, that is what I meant by 'new', I should know to be more specific in my drafting!
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