Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Beacon, New York
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Great boat and very able and capable of trans ocean sailing. They balance well and mine will sail herself without a windvane system but I added one that Dr. David Parker built for my boat. Mine is a 1972 and had very few problems but some things I have seen in mine and other examples of the Tartan 34C
Look at the forward corners of the cabin, the deck cracks in most of the boats, adjust price
Same in the forward corners of the cockpit.
Centerboard droops, check pin, easy repair but adjust price
Wet core in deck at fittings.
Engine? Condition and type if Atomic Four and you want to replace it the space for a larger propeller is limited so you need a three blade to use the power of a diesel changing that is somewhat difficult because the shaft is close to the hull so no room for a larger two blade propeller
Because of the boats age has the standing rigging been replaced?
They were standard with a tiller, if wheel, check installation and how did they handle emergency tiller. How did they rig the throttle and shift. Did the take out the old engine controls and glass the hole in the cockpit. In my boat they cut the rudder shaft below the cockpit deck. If I rig the emergency tiller on my Tartan I have a hole in the cockpit for water to get below.
The main sheet was in the cockpit, where is it now. If mid boom you need to have a larger boom then standard.
Lower bearing for rudder is difficult to fix, does the rudder feel loose at the bottom of the skeg.
Conditions of winches? They are old and parts may be a problem.
Spreader base brackets?
If Atomic Four check exhaust, its black iron with a copper muffler. Pipe rusts out at the manifold under the heat shield.
Cabin ports need rebuilding at some point. Hard to get the stainless screws out of the frames. Check for damage to the wood around the ports.
Check the chainplate bulkheads for rot. Somewhat common problem.
Just some quick thoughts and check everything else that you look at in an older boat.
All the best,
Last edited by Tartan34C; 02-28-2007 at 08:11 PM.