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04-30-2017 06:32 PM
Florida Salt
Re: Opinions on a Tanzer 7.5

To answer your questions about a Tanzer 7.5 in apparently not very good condition, I am copying my response to another person considering a Tanzer 25 in another forum. It should give you a good idea of the difference between a bare boat OK for day sailing and a weekend or two, and a boat updated, modified,and considerably improved. You will soon find that a cheap boat is not cheap. It just takes longer to pay for.

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 -

Florida Salt
03-16-2017 05:00 AM
Re: Opinions on a Tanzer 7.5

Make sure you talk to the boat owner and determine which Tanzer 7.5 you are dealing with. There are 2 models out there, both fairly common.

There is a shoal draft version with less than 3' draft with a long flat keel and a fin keel version with over 4' of draft.
03-15-2017 10:15 PM
Re: Opinions on a Tanzer 7.5

This might be as good a scale drawing as you'll find without contacting the manufacturer...

Tanzer 7.5 Specifications

The dotted line is the fixed keel profile, you could roughly scale the hull depth knowing that the full draft is 4 feet.
You should be able to get close enough so that some adjustable pads will make up the difference. Without full hull line drawings a profile is of limited use to know exactly what the pad heights need to be, or for that matter the shape of any bunks you might plan to use.

Here's a typical trailer for a keelboat.

03-15-2017 09:42 PM
Re: Opinions on a Tanzer 7.5

Can someone out there tell me the depth of the keel on a tanzer 7.5. The distance from the bottom of the keel to where it meets the hull. I am a welder with the task of constructing a cradle for the boat. Any info would be great, thank you. Bryan.
10-04-2012 02:47 PM
Re: Opinions on a Tanzer 7.5

old post, but hopefully it's realized (above) that the "jib sheet" is a rope/line. Surely no one is too concerned about a weathered rope.
12-24-2011 06:21 PM
Originally Posted by bljones View Post
Black water near the head is a possible area of concern. Did you smell the water in question?
I'd be more concerned about the rigging than the sails. How did it look?
I stuck my head as far into the compartment as a I could, but couldn't smell anything unusual.
The rigging seemed in good order; the jib sheet looked pretty weathered, but functional.

Originally Posted by Peas View Post
I don't think that you would want to get too excited about the prospects until you can get a look at her bottom. If there is a lot of blistering or keel/rudder damage, you could just be taking on liability and be upside down on this boat after all your repair costs/time compared to getting one that someone else just restored for a few grand more.
Good luck with the hunt!
That is my major concern, and at this low price range I'm not convinced it is really worth hauling out to have a look.
I dunno, I'll think about it over Christmas
12-24-2011 02:47 AM
canadianseamonkey For that price, take a chance on it. A toilet is only 130 bucks and you can use those sails for many seasons still I bet. That outboard is worth at least 800 bucks alone. I had looked at at Tanzer 7.5 years ago and really liked the way the interior was set up for a small boat, very spacious. Go for it.
12-23-2011 02:26 PM
Peas I don't think that you would want to get too excited about the prospects until you can get a look at her bottom. If there is a lot of blistering or keel/rudder damage, you could just be taking on liability and be upside down on this boat after all your repair costs/time compared to getting one that someone else just restored for a few grand more.

As mentioned before, the name Tanzer helps out a lot and when the time comes that you would like to sell, it shouldn't be too hard to move, especially after you put all your sweat equity into it.

Good luck with the hunt!
12-23-2011 10:39 AM
Faster As Killarney alluded to, you have to 'like the look'.. this one, and her bigger sister the 26 won't necessarily be the 'prettiest girl at the dance' but these boats have a solid rep and sail well. As a starter boat in BC waters you could do much worse - esp at that price.

Your pictures don't look too bad; the 'filthy' sail is mainly the result of long-time disuse and having been left furled.. it's mostly dirty on the exposed portions and the rest of it looks not too bad. New or better (used) sails would be a good (and perhaps early) upgrade.

The only pics that gave me pause were the keel bolt images, but that might just be surface rust due to standing water - still, that needs a careful look.
12-23-2011 09:38 AM
killarney_sailor This Tanzer model does not do it for me aesthetically but that is neither here nor there. I think Tanzers are well-regarded and the price point leaves some room for fixup. Also, since it is a well-known make it will be a bit easier to resell at some point. None of the issues you mention should be particularly costly to fix other than the sails and you know where you stand with that. You can get some decent used sails pretty cheaply as well. I would consider an offer in your shoes.
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