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I am a big fan of vane steering. We have a Monitor and it has been great. The only problem is if you decide you want davits at some point.
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Re: getting a Tartan 34C ready for offshore trip

Hi Tom,
Love the T34C. It is the bigger brother of my T27.

You sound as if you are quite on top of your re-fit for going trans-Atlantic. The only system I'd be a little concerned about on a boat of that age are the chain plates.

There is a member here who was attempting a trans-At with his wife on a 50+' Gulfstar and I believe it was a chain plate failure in boisterous conditions that eventually forced them to abandon the boat and call for rescue; which nearly killed him. Perhaps you read doug sabbag's posts on the subject? It is quite a long thread.
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What boat yard are you using for your T34C?

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Amazing story! And so valuable to hear directly from the captain.
I pulled the chainplates last year and they looked ok to my eyes, no rust, just a bit of pitting at the location where they go through the deck. I had replaced all the chainplate screws. Now I'll also replace the plates themselves. In the story above they failed in less than 20 knots, so probably the SS got brittle over time?

I keep my boat in Port Washington on a mooring. How about you?
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Not enough good things can be said about the information in this link.
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The ISAF rules for Category 1 make a great checklist for potential offshore sailors. You are unlikely to have a boat that meets all the requirements (who want to strip vinyl coating off lifelines), but it have have some ideas that might be novel to you.
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Amazing story! And so valuable to hear directly from the captain.
I pulled the chainplates last year and they looked ok to my eyes, no rust, just a bit of pitting at the location where they go through the deck. I had replaced all the chainplate screws. Now I'll also replace the plates themselves. In the story above they failed in less than 20 knots, so probably the SS got brittle over time?

I keep my boat in Port Washington on a mooring. How about you?
Tom,

Yes, the doug sabbag story was pretty sobering. The stresses on a boat on the ocean can be pretty formidable. Good call to replace them with new. Chain plates suffer from cyclic loading that will eventually make them part or break. New ones should have a longer life under stress.

We kept my boat at Steppingstone "marina" for a season or two. My boat is now up the Hudson at Nyack. I grew up in Sea Cliff so I know Port Washington pretty well.

Are you using the yard at PWYC for your re-fit operations? They seem to allow some diy activities there. I'd enjoy dropping by to meet you & see your T34C around late June/early July.
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getting a Tartan 34C ready for offshore trip

Would be great to meet up in PW! I am also planning a short trip up the Hudson at some point this summer.
My boat is currently in FL but I am planning to bring it back up in May. Yes, I use Manhasset Bay Shipyard next to the Yacht Club for hauling. They allow DIY.

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