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There are several reason why I'd prefer to do it solo. Preparation and execution is between me and the boat. Looking for another crew member adds a whole new complexity to it, including logistical, interpersonal and psychological. I've been on a two-handed trip where these three clashed and in retrospect it would have been more harmonious to have done it solo.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a hermit or particularly antisocial. Both solo and with crew has its own set of challenges and right now the challenges of a solo trip seem more attractive. Having said that I am doing the Around Long Island Race with a friend who would be a good candidate for crew. We'll see how it goes.

I've read a ton of books and reports about preparing a boat for offshore voyaging. After a while it repeats. With this post I am particularly hoping to get feedback on the vessel and her offshore seaworthiness, and hopefully some boat-specific ideas about refitting. I am planning to post this question to the T34C association at a later point.
So, does anybody have experience with a Tartan 34C or any thoughts on their weaknesses/strengths?

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Re: getting a Tartan 34C ready for offshore trip

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Pay close attention to ColRegs before considering solo sailing.

Maintaining a watch at all times by all means is unambiguous.

Did you check out the ISAF documents?
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Re: getting a Tartan 34C ready for offshore trip

Sounds like a cool trip. Don't let anyone discourage you. Many solo sailors have circumnavigated and completed challenging voyages.

There is something special about sailing solo. I wish you fair winds!
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Sounds like a cool trip. Don't let anyone discourage you. Many solo sailors have circumnavigated and completed challenging voyages.

There is something special about sailing solo. I wish you fair winds!
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Let's keep this thread about out-fitting the boat, please.
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Let's keep this thread about out-fitting the boat, please.
Alright then. Have you read the ISAF regulations? They are a great starting point for any boat.

But it is not just the equipment that will save your butt when everything goes sideways.

BTW - you mentioned solo sailing. I enjoy solo sailing in coastal waters.
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Re: getting a Tartan 34C ready for offshore trip

A couple things I would consider that I haven't seen mentioned. The boat was not built to current standards and has a number of vulnerabilities that could lead to down flooding and sinking in case of a knockdown or getting pooped by a wave.

Both the cockpit lockers on the T34C are open to the main cabin and could lead to down flooding in an emergency. I would build and glass in bulkheads at the aft end of the quarter berth and around the starboard locker. Same thing goes for the ice hatch in the cockpit. It needs to be either removed (not the most practical), or sealed with the hatch reinforced and add a locking latch. I would be concerned about the bilge blower vent pipe for the same reason, but not sure what the best fix for that would be. The chain locker forward also needs to be sealed and a thru hull drain added.
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Yes, That is very true. I added high-profile locking latches to the ice-box hatch, starboard locker hatch and lazarette hatch. One on each. Do you think that will suffice? Fiberglassing whole bulkheads is a major operation. My thinking is that what makes them open in an inversion is the weight of the locker content, and if the hatch can withstand that there should be no problem. Water pressure and wave action should not be an issue here, but I might be wrong. So no heavy chain and anchors in these places. Comments appreciated.

Regarding the bow chain locker, I experimented with both a wooden plug and building foam to seal the hawse pipe. Both seemed to work. Will that be sufficient or is a thru-hull really needed?
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