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02-07-2009 02:51 PM
baboon Some things to look for on the Tartan. Ports are very sturdy, but are a bit more prone to leakage than average. Stains on interior woodwork is the usual clue. For some reason chainplates on one side are more prone to leaks than the other. I forget if it is the port or starboard, but both are quite visible from the interior. Unless the shaft has been extended the prop is right behind the keel, with the only zinc on the boat on the shaft hub. This is ok, but make sure it is intact. The mast foot is low in the bilge and is prone to corrosion. This is true of other boats as well, but I know one tartan 30 owner who had the foot collapse under sail. He was able to fix it without a new mast. The keel is lead, the skeg mounted rudder has a shoe at the bottom, the rig is overbuilt and the hull is thick solid glass making these boats very sturdy and a good purchase option despite their age. As always proper upkeep is the key.

The boats sail better than average for that era and were available in a standard or tall rig. Under power they are ok, but reverse can be a challange with the prop location almost mid-ship and the skeg hung rudder not being very efficient while backing. The interior had two plans, One with an aft galley, one with a full length starboard galley. Both are workable for 2 people.
02-06-2009 03:07 PM
mysticsailor there is a p32 in the water in ct. the diesel was new in' a nice looking boat, the gelcoat is still in nice shape.As far as the survey goes, who pays to get it out of the water, it should come out for a complete survey,right? My wife does not want to go out for a sea trial this time of year, so I don't know how to handle that part of buying a boat in the winter. ?
02-06-2009 08:55 AM
norsearayder get a pearson with a new desiel,i think there is a p32[thats what i own]in conn.look it up on yw u will never regret it
02-05-2009 10:58 PM
camaraderie mystic...I assumed that you had seen and liked both boats. I did not mean to imply that the Pearson was not suitable...only that all other things being equal I preferred the Tartan. Let condition rule your decision if there is a variance between the boats.
02-05-2009 07:36 PM
mysticsailor thanks guys. the tartan in southern ct is one we've been told to check out. the one we did see was in hyde park, very well maintained. we're moving up from a precision 21 and our budget is about 20K. we're a little nervous about getting into a money pit situation, and also don't want to go too small that we're going to want to make a move again in a couple of years. alot to think about,
02-05-2009 07:20 PM
camaraderie Get the Tartan. Centerboard is of little value in your locale and the Tartan is the better boat.
02-05-2009 11:40 AM
blowinstink Mystic -
I sent you a PM about a boat up your way which you might want to check out.
02-05-2009 06:10 AM
sailingdog Both are good boats... Personally, I'd go for the Pearson, since the centerboard gives you more options in where you can go, as IIRC, it has a relatively shallow draft. Some anchorages in New England really require a shoal draft...
02-04-2009 07:27 PM
pearson 33 centerboard vs.tartan 30

we're seriously considering one of these two boats, the pearson is a 75, the tartan is a 79. just the two of us, long island sound, martha's vineyard, etc. Would appreciate any thoughts on performance, any problems to look for with the survey. thanks for the input. both have atomic 4 engines, which doesn't scare us too much, or should it?!

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