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1 Week Ago 05:00 AM
Arcb
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.
1 Week Ago 10:15 PM
Faster
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.

1 Week Ago 09:42 PM
oldstock
Re: Opinions on a Tanzer 7.5

Hello,
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
FlyingJunior
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
Pointy_End
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Originally Posted by bljones View Post
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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?
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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.

Quote:
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.
12-23-2011 09:00 AM
bljones When you get down into the bottom-feeder price bracket (that's not an insult, in my book- it's where I live when it comes to buying/building boats), you're going to find lots of tired sails and leaking hull/deck joints and just general stuff that needs to be fixed. The upside to a Tanzer 7.5 is it's relative popularity in Canada- it's easier to find used sails and other bits and bobs, relatively inexpensively.
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?

If you can live with the limited headroom, aren't afraid of a little hard work, and know what you are getting yourself into, offer the vendor $1800.
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