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09-26-2016 03:03 PM
Luftmeer
Re: Tartan 33

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Originally Posted by krisscross View Post
I have been interested in T33 as well. Is the sheel keel encapsulated, or bolted on?
The keel is bolted on and easily accessible in the bilge. We have owned a T33 Fractional Rig w/scheel keel for 10 years and love how it sails especially in heavy air she gets in the groove and goes. We currently have our boat for sale as we are in the market for a bigger yacht. If interested Google Tartan 33 For Sale and you will find the specs
09-16-2016 08:03 AM
Ajax_MD
Re: Tartan 33

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Originally Posted by Faster View Post
FWIW I change the oil in my Hurth frequently, and since it takes so little, I change it (~.5L), run it for a few minutes in gear, then change it again, using the entire litre/quart each time.
I thought it was starting to chatter pretty bad last year.. turns out it was the damper plate telling me it was about to die.
Right. It does only take a tiny bit of fluid and should NOT be overfilled. Thanks for the tip on the damper plate. Mine isn't exhibiting any symptoms but it's always nice to know ahead of time.
09-15-2016 08:59 PM
Faster
Re: Tartan 33

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Originally Posted by Ajax_MD View Post
......The boats came with Hurth transmissions which have kind of a mediocre reputation for reliability. The best advice I can give you, is change the fluid annually with good quality, Dexron/Mercon II or III fluid. Do NOT use Dexron VI fluid. You can use Type "F" fluid if you can find it, but the transmission engagement will be a bit harsh. There is no filter in the transmission.....
FWIW I change the oil in my Hurth frequently, and since it takes so little, I change it (~.5L), run it for a few minutes in gear, then change it again, using the entire litre/quart each time.
I thought it was starting to chatter pretty bad last year.. turns out it was the damper plate telling me it was about to die.
09-15-2016 02:23 PM
krisscross
Re: Tartan 33

Yes, Cal is another company that makes bolt on keel boats that tend to be very solid. I looked at a couple of their boats in my target range and liked them as well, especially Cal 34-3.
09-15-2016 02:12 PM
JimsCAL
Re: Tartan 33

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Originally Posted by krisscross View Post
Shallow draft is a big plus in places where I intend to do most sailing. That is why I'm interested in the sheel keel Tartans as well.
The boat I ended up buying was an 1985 Cal 33-2 shoal draft. It draws 4'8". I was concerned about stiffness and windward performance but that turned out not to be an issue. The keel has extra weight down low and goes upwind just fine. Other experienced sailors that go out with me are surprised its a shoal keel.
09-15-2016 01:19 PM
Ajax_MD
Re: Tartan 33

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Originally Posted by krisscross View Post
Thanks for this very good write-up, Ajax.
Tartan builds quality boats and even when 30+ years old they seem to hold up nicely. I have about a year to pull a trigger on a boat that I plan to retire on and take it to the Caribbean and Med. I budgeted about 40K for the boat and basic improvements to it. Looking at boats in the 30-35' range, like T33, T34 (1 and 2). I'm not a big fan of bolt on keels but some builders do a better job than others when it comes to such keels.
The Pearson 30 had an encapsulated keel so I can appreciate what you're saying. I was kind of miffed at giving up my encapsulated ballast, but Tartan does it right and I trust the bolts and keel stub. You can trust this boat.
09-15-2016 01:11 PM
krisscross
Re: Tartan 33

The boat I like the most in that group is the older T34 with an inner stay sail rig and a tiller. Shallow draft is a big plus in places where I intend to do most sailing. That is why I'm interested in the sheel keel Tartans as well.
09-15-2016 12:57 PM
JimsCAL
Re: Tartan 33

When I was shopping for a boat in this size range 6 years ago, the Tartan 34-2 was on my short list. I liked that it had the masthead rig of the 33R (and thus was faster than the T33) and the bit of extra length allowed a revision to the interior layout which I thought was an improvement. Do a comparison if you are serious about these boats.
09-15-2016 12:21 PM
krisscross
Re: Tartan 33

Thanks for this very good write-up, Ajax.
Tartan builds quality boats and even when 30+ years old they seem to hold up nicely. I have about a year to pull a trigger on a boat that I plan to retire on and take it to the Caribbean and Med. I budgeted about 40K for the boat and basic improvements to it. Looking at boats in the 30-35' range, like T33, T34 (1 and 2). I'm not a big fan of bolt on keels but some builders do a better job than others when it comes to such keels.
09-15-2016 12:01 PM
oldlaxer1
Re: Tartan 33

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I've only owned the boat since April, so that's all I know right now.
Gee...that's all?
Great write up.
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