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Re: whether to buy a tanzer 25?
As a 30 year owner of a 1980 Tanzer 7.5 meter, also called a 25', I am amazed at some of the responses. She is well built with a solid fiberglass hull and plywood core fiberglass deck. She is very seaworthy. We have sailed her from Miami throughout the Bahamas, up the Gulf Stream to Hilton Head S.C., throughout the Fl Keys and the FL SW coast. My wife and I have been caught out in 50 mph winds and 15 foot seas, which she handled well, and many other storms. We also use a very rough inlet to the ocean. We are able to cruise under power at 6.5 to 7.2 mph and reach similar speeds and slightly higher under sail. With our modified rudder, she points well and the helm is well balanced. We are very comfortable aboard during month long trips, mostly anchored out. More comfortable than in many larger boats. With the addition of a plywood board that stores under the settee, our bunk in the main cabin covers the 8 foot width of the boat. Our 34" shoal draft is ideal for the Bahamas and south Florida.
You my be able to buy a 7.5 cheap and enjoy it. However, unless the boat has been improved and upgraded, you will probably have a lot of work to do: encapsulating the iron keel, reinforcing the keel, reinforcing the keel bolts, reinforcing the transom for a 9.9hp 4 cycle motor, painting with Awl Grip, providing instruments etc. We have replaced or modified nearly everything on our boat with many upgrades and additions. For example, recently $7,000 worth of electronic upgrades for all new instruments including the autopilot. 2 Garmin 7" chart plotters, Three high grade solar panels with top of the line regulators, silent refrigeration, Anderson 28S stainless self tailing winches at $1000 each, a new bow roller. A a 28 lb stainless Ultra anchor at $1000. A like new Achilles 9f inflatable with an inflatable floor and 5 hp Nissan outboard. A 2 burner stove with an aluminum tank on the stern rail. Sunbrella cushion covers. A dodger with side curtains, Sunbrella Bimini top and side and back curtains, a $500 EPIRB. VHF Radios. Harkin roller furling. Recently new sails, a modified balanced rudder, added side hatches and opening ports. Awl Grip. New forward hatch. New stanchions and much more. We consider an ideal boat for two. The agreed upon insured value that we would be paid in the event of a total loss is $33,000. We are selling her now, because of loss of our dock space, for $24,445.
Yes, I am sure you can find a Tanzer 7.5 for much less, and it might meet your needs. For someone who wants a really nice cruising sailboat, You would need to spend much more upgrading the boat than the asking price for our boat.
If you are interested in our boat you can see her on boat trader. Google: type Boat Trader, Tanzer. Then select Tanzer boats for sale - BoatTrader.com