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 Post subject: Tartan 37 #240 For Sale
PostPosted: 15 Mar 2024 14:50 

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#240 is on the market. Insane refit over the last 4 years.

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Summary of Maintenance and Upgrades Performed to S/V “Tiger Lily”, 1980 Tartan 37 Hull #240
Boat Location
Herrington Harbor North, Deale MD. Best marina on the East Coast IMHO. Slip paid for through end of March 2024.
• Removed and refinished fiberglass centerboard. Extensive fairing and refinishing, including 1” solid laminate added to trailing edge for extra area and better shaping. All stainless hardware professionally inspected and repaired. Stainless CB Plates replaced. All fasteners replaced with marine grade 316 stainless steel fasteners and properly bedded with Tefgel to inhibit corrosion. Thru-hull inspected and hose connecting thru-hull with pennant conduit replaced with heavy duty reinforced exhaust hose. Conduit flange inspected and re-installed. 6:1 CB uphaul installed (removed CB winch on cabin top to simplify deck arrangement). (2021)
• Topsides gelcoat professionally restored by Finest Kind Yacht Management (2021) and extensive owner gelcoat restoration in 2023. ($1200)
• Toe rail refinished in 2020, recoated 2021 (needs maintenance)
• Structural reinforcement to port forward lower knee brace. Bonded Ύ” plywood to original knee with West System fillets and 4 layers 1708 (2023). This is a known issue for Tartan 37’s and should be done for any serious sailing. ($1000 in materials and professional assistance)
• Bottom sanded and painted annually. All paint removed in 2021. Two coats of Pettit Trinidad Pro used in 2021. Pettit recommended Odyssey 60 for Chesapeake so 2 coats used in 2022 and 2023 after sanding. Base coat is still Trinidad Pro (hard paint). Bottom is smooth with little buildup. No flaking or chipping.
• Zincs replaced annually (hub on Maxprop and 2 shaft zincs)
• Repaired three sections of deck laminate where core was saturated (cockpit sole, port side deck, starboard foredeck). (2021-2023)
• Re-bedded several stanchion bases, adding deck pads and properly sized backing plates.
• New Atkins Hoyle seals installed in midships and forward hatches (2020)
• New Beckson Newport 414 opening ports / screens replaced (8). Teak veneer and plywood around porthole edges sealed with epoxy. (2022) ($1400)
• All winches completely disassembled and re-lubed (2021-2022)
• Many deck fasteners removed/replaced with new bedding/sealant.
• Edson teak and holly cockpit table stripped and revarnished (2023)
• New Dorade wind scoops (2021/2023)
• Refinished all dorade teak (2023)
• Solar vent on dorade
• Stainless sliding midship cleats (p/s) on toe rail tracks
Steering / Pedestal
• Rudder pintles/gudgeons inspected (annual)
• Edson steering hardware replaced. This includes the idler pully mechanism, sheaves, and wire/chain. (2021) ($1000)
• Edson roller bearings inspected and re-lubed (2021)
• Repaired composite stress cracks in steering quadrant gussets with heavy woven roving. (2021)
• Edson pedestal repainted (2021).
• New Edson throttle cable included but not installed. ($80)
• New Edson 1” pedestal guard cut higher for MFD mount (2021) ($150)
Auxiliary Propulsion (Westerbeke W50)
• Approx 2600 engine hours total (original tach replaced but still have it) 550 hours on new hours meter. Engine runs perfectly.
• New engine room insulation (2021) ($250)
• High pressure fuel pump professionally removed, rebuilt, and re-installed by AR Marine. (2020) ($1700)
• Shaft tube packing replaced (2021)
• Heat exchanger mechanically and chemically (Barnacle Buster) cleaned (annually)
• Thermostat replaced (2022)
• Engine and engine panel completely rewired (based off / Rod Collins consultation). All new engine gauges. Ammeter replaced with voltmeter. Starting solenoid fitted. New key switch. New 40amp maxi-fuse. (This work would’ve been several thousand dollars if done by a pro)
• New glow plugs (2021) ($100)
• New Jabsco raw water pump (2023) ($600)
• All Ύ” engine hoses replaced (2022)
• Fuel tank sensor replaced (2023)
• New fuel lines from priming pump to HP pump (2022)
• New Racor fuel filter pressure gauge (2022)
• Replaced engine panel plexi-glass (2023)
• New engine raw water strainer sight glass (2023) ($100)
• Maxprop 3-Blade feathering propeller on 1” stainless shaft. Prop greased and painted with zinc annually.
Spars, Standing and Running Rigging
• Mast unstepped. Most fittings/fasteners removed, inspected, and replaced or re-installed. (2021). Mast polished and spreaders painted.
• Mast step removed and inspected (2021)
• CB pennant line hose replaced, stainless pennant tube inspected and repaired (weld touch-ups)
• All chainplates removed, inspected, and re-bedded (2021). Resealed again in 2023.
• New Harken MKIV Ocean Furling system installed (2021) ($8500 with new standing rigging)
• New Schaefer spinnaker halyard block on stainless masthead bail (2021)
• Forespar telescoping whisker pole (12-22 ft) (2022) ($1400)
• All boom fittings removed, inspected and re-installed. (2021)
• All standing rigging professionally replaced by East Coast Rigging (2021)
• Running rigging replaced (2021-2023) including all halyards (genoa is high-end dyneema double braid for no creep), topping lift, foreguy, centerboard lines, reefing lines, control lines. ($700)
• Navtec Hydraulic backstay professionally rebuilt by East Coast Rigging (2020) ($500)
• All mast lights replaced (new Signal Mate LED tricolor / anchor light, and Forespar foredeck light/steaming light combo) (2021)
• All new wiring inside mast (in conduit). Includes all lighting and new VHF cable.
• Spartight used at mast partner (2021). No leaks!
• Replaced blocks on vang and mainsheet (2022)
• All new wiring installed for battery compartment, DC panel, and engine panel per ABYC standards (including wire sizing and fuses). Wiring work professionally inspected by Marine Technical Services. AGMs installed originally, then upgraded in 2023 to LiFePO4. (2021-2023)
• New Sterling 40A battery charger (2021). Programmed for LiFePO4.
• Blue Sea AC panel (main, battery charger, AC outlets, water heater)
• All new wiring for interior and exterior lights, including all navigation, masthead, and running lights. (2021)
• New Sea Dog LED bow lights (2023). Bulbs replaced and fixtures resealed.
• New Smart Plug 30A connection with 50ft Smart Plug shore power cord (2021)
• Replaced all three AC outlets with GFI (2021-2022). Outlets at galley sink, head, and under microwave shelf.
• New automatic bilge pump installed (2021)
• New electric emergency bilge pump (2022)
• New bilge high water alarm installed (2022)
• New 105A Amp-It ( alternator and Balmar MC-614 external regulator installed (2021)
• New Alternator Service Disconnect Switch installed (2021)
• New Sterling Alternator Protection Device installed (2021)
• New Balmar SG200 battery monitor (2021)
• New Balmar SG2 Bluetooth Gateway (2022)
• New oil pressure and water temperature alarms installed (2021)
• New grounding cables run from standing rigging (forestay and shrouds) to common ground in engine compartment based on ABYC guidance and Stan Honey technical article.
• All new LED lighting throughout (2020-2022)
• New Engine Bay LED lighting (2022)
• New 300ah LiFePO4 battery system installed per ABYC E-13. Three 100 amp hour Kilovault HLX+ 1200 batteries are UL1973 approved. MRBF fuses on each positive terminal for extra protection, T-Class fuse after busbar, battery isolation switch, separate pos/neg bus bars, 1/0 cable, Victron 12-30 DC-DC charger for start battery allows for expansion.
• Blue Sea 1/2/off switch for start battery. Emergency start off LiFePO4 house battery bank (2023). (Checked with Kilovault on this application. OK for small engine start.)
• 100ah Group 31 Odyssey AGM start battery under galley sink on custom platform
• SunPower Solar Panels: (2) 100W panels mounted to bimini on Victron 100/20 MPPT (2021), (2) 50W panels on deck to Victron 75/10 MPPT, (1) 175 panel to Victron 100/15 MPPT
• Several DC power stations installed with USB and cigarette lighter outlets.
• New fire extinguishers installed (2021/2023)
• New Life Sling installed (2021)
• New electronic flares (2022)
• New emergency bilge pump (2022)
• Bilge high water alarm (2022)
• Jacklines
• Basic life vests in a bag
• First Aid Kit (new 2022)
Sails and Canvas
• New North Sails fully-battened dacron mainsail (fall 2020). Mainsail designed for maximum roach.
• New North Sails 115% roller furling genoa (fall 2021).
• Scott Sails A-symmetric cruising spinnaker in ATN sock. ATN “Tacker” included (tack attachment that rides over roller furler).
• New mainsail cover (2021)
• Lazy jacks
• New bimini top with added stainless tubing supports aft and on frame each side. (2023)
• Canvas connector, winch covers, hatch covers, wheel cover, dodger window covers
• Repairs made to dodger (2023). Added additional 1” stainless tubing supports.
• New Raymarine instrument package installed including speed, depth, wind, and close-hauled wind. Speed, depth, and wind transducers new. (2021)
• Raymarine i70 MFD (2021)
• Raymarine AIS 700 (2021)
• Raymarine Axiom 7 at helm station on custom mount (2021). (Axiom+ 12 in pics does not convey)
• Raytheon ST4000+ wheel autopilot. Refurbished / new belt and networked to NMEA2000 (will work on apparent wind mode). Used as backup.
• New Raymarine EV-200 Sail Pilot below-deck autopilot with Raymarine Type 1 Rotary Drive with electronic clutch. Custom installation includes rotary drive mounted to transverse aluminum beam in lazarette. Upgraded heavy duty chain and mounts to beautiful brass Edson rack and pinion gear. Raymarine i70 control head at helm station mounted on new Navpod. (2022)
• New Raymarine Quantum 2 Doppler radar (2022). Installed on new Scanstrut backstay mount. This required professional custom modifications to stern rail.
• New Raymarine ITC5 (analog to digital converter for wind, speed, depth)
• New B&G V20S VHF with DSC and all new low impedance RG-213 co-ax cable in boat and mast
• New VHF / AIS combo frequency band antenna. (2021)
• Standard Horizon HX280S Handheld VHF
Ground Tackle
• New Mantus 20kg anchor (appropriately sized for vessel) and 110’ of 5/16”G4 galvanized chain. All shackle replaced with 2000lb high load shackles (not the cheap Chinese ones) (2022)
• New Mantus anchor bridal and stainless mooring carabiner (2022)
• 16lb Danforth spare anchor.
• Bow roller replaced (2020) and re-attached to stem head fitting (2023)
• New stainless hinged anchor chain and rope deck pipe (2021)
• All new freshwater hoses and hose fittings installed (2020-2022)
• New galley sink discharge hoses and fittings installed. (2022)
• New fixtures installed in cockpit (shower box) and head (pull out handle) (2020)
• New galley faucet installed (2022)
• New 3-way valve installed for head (2020)
• New toilet and new discharge piping installed (best hose available) (2020)
• New Jabsco manual toilet pump handle/cylinder installed (2023)
• New Jabsco fresh water pump and accumulator installed (2023)
• Rebuilt Jabsco shower sump pump installed on new custom mount under cockpit. New pump plumbing installed. New float switch in sump (2023)
• Replaced water tank valves on manifold (2023)
• New starboard water tank installed (tank purchased from Tartan) (2023)
• New starboard tank deck fill hose installed (2023)
• 12-gallon Raritan water heater. Spare magnesium anode included.
• New Whale MKIV Flipper hand pump in galley (2023)
• New high-end custom interior cushions (2022) – includes all cushions for all berths (quarter, settees, pilot, and V berth which is made from 6” mattress foam.
• New PVC foam overhead panels in salon and galley (2020)
• Incremental wood and varnish work on interior (2022-2023). The following panels have been refinished with satin varnish – back panels p/s, engine panel, companionway stairs, chart table, starboard settee, storage compartment doors p/s, pilot berth rail, starboard hand rail, center cockpit sole access covers (3), starboard cabin sole in way of settee, access covers for cabin (2).
• Refinished / varnished wood panels/trim on starboard settee (when tank was replaced)
• Varnished wood trim in head compartment.
• Repainted freshwater pump compartment and added sound insulation (2023)
• Fabricated plywood port settee insert to create double berth (2022)
• New Caframo fans installed in galley and salon (2023). 3 new fans, 4 total in salon.
• New custom fabricated foam backed vinyl mast cover (2023)
• Added shelving to port V-berth locker (2 shelves), and starboard V-berth locker (one shelf). Added overhead LED lights in both lockers. (2023)
• Added shelves under V berth insert for shoe storage (2022)
• New vinyl backed neoprene foam insulation installed on hull and overhead in starboard hanging lockers and along hull where V berth drawers are located. (2023)
• Brass clock and barometer mounted to bulkhead
• Lee cloths port settee and pilot berth
• All new LED lighting throughout (over 20 LEDs in cabin, including in lockers)
• Custom portlight blinds for V berth
• Custom teak access door for under chart table storage
• Teak famed screens for companionway and hatches
• Origo 6000 stainless steel alcohol stove/oven with stainless removable potholders.
• New Dometic CU-100 refrigeration unit installed. Includes new 12v compressor under galley sink on custom platform and evaporator/freezer unit in frig. Separate breaker switch at compressor. (2020).
• 2” foam insulation added to frig doors (2020)
• Custom teak microwave enclosure in galley
• Spice rack and magnetic knife holder
• Custom fabricated and varnished teak fold-up countertop to galley area (2023)
• New galley faucet
• New Whale MKIV Flipper hand pump in galley (2023)
• Salon table stripped to bare wood and re-varnished using Epiphanes (2023)
• Salon lighting replaced with LED (2020-2023)
• Custom wood insert for port settee to create double berth (2022)
• Overhead panels replaced with 1/8” white PVC (2021)
• Spare cabin sole access panels.
• Upgraded Lewmar 50 self-tailing two-speed primary winches. These are oversized and excellent for easy sail handling.
• Lewmar 16 self-tailing mainsheet single-speed winch
• Standard Edson 36” wheel
• Teak washboards completely stripped and re-varnished with Epiphanes (2023)
• Custom fabricated padded washboard storage bag that hangs from engine compartment in starboard sail locker (2023).
• Varnished plywood washboards (use when boat is on the hard to keep good boards from wear)
• Folding transom swim ladder with varnished wood steps
• New Edson 1” pedestal guard cut higher for MFD mount (2021)
• Ritchie pedestal compass with light (light activated with nav light switch)
• Teak cockpit boards refinished (2021)
• Teak trim in companionway and hatch refinished (2021)
• Custom cockpit cushions (washable, closed cell foam)
• Controls led to cockpit include: spinnaker halyard on new clutch, mainsheet, centerboard, boom vang, outhaul, topping lift, and traveler.
• Centerboard rigged with a 6:1 cascade. Requires no winch for easy operation. Centerboard pennant replaced with double braid high tech line.
• LED cockpit courtesy lights on switch at engine panel (2020)
• Replaced lazarette and sail locker latches
• 12V Cigarette Style outlet
• Waterproof USB outlets (installed but not wired)
• New winch handle holders (2 in cockpit and one at mast)
• Re-painted pedestal (2021)
• Varnished teak Edson cockpit table with Edson drink holders
Other Equipment
• Magma grill mounted to stern rail
• Skandvik cockpit shower box (hot and cold) (2020)
• Custom full vinyl winter cover (2016) with supports
• Dock lines (2022)
• Fenders (2022)
• Boat hook
• Telescoping scrub brush (mounts under starboard settee)
• Radar reflector
• Winch handles
• Two large snatch blocks
• Teak cocktail table
• Bos’n chair
• Engine spares (belts, pumps, impellers, fuel filters, etc)
• Aluminum spinnaker pole with deck mounting hardware (only currently used for winter cover)
• Tartan 37 Owners Manual
• Tartan 37 book
• 2013 Achilles LPD290 (9’6”) Hypalon dinghy with oars
• Honda 2hp 4-stroke with motor mount on transom.
Hull 240 has through hulls for two transducers (speed and depth) in the bow, sink discharge/ head saltwater suction and head discharge (head compartment), engine raw water intake with strainer (port side engine compartment), galley sink discharge and an unused through hull (engine compartment stbd side). All except the transducer through-hulls have ball valves fitted.
• Personal gear, books, binoculars,
• Galley cookware, silverware, cocktail glasses
• Tools
• Throw pillows, linens, blankets
Here’s the story on Tartan 37 Hull #240
The boat was purchased by my father-in-law back in 1992 when the boat was 12 years old. He had dreams of doing some extensive cruising but sadly didn’t make it out as much as he wanted to. He loved the boat none-the-less and kept it at Herrington Harbor North since about 1995. There the boat was hauled and placed in the water every year. It was covered every winter. He spent a fair amount of time maintaining it in the early years. The final 10 years of his ownership saw far less use and he was less able to maintain it properly. He did spend a lot of time on it at the dock. While I sailed the boat occasionally with my kids through the years, I didn’t formally get involved with it until 2020, and ownership essentially transferred to me in 2021. I began a 4-year “accidental” refit in 2020, at first just doing the basics to make it a decent bay weekend cruiser before being fully sucked into a major refit in 2021. After a few weeks of bay cruising in 2020, I decided to get all the critical systems squared away so that I could cruise the boat extensively up in New England in 2021. I’ve cruised the boat from the Chesapeake to New England from June into September each of the last three seasons. Each season the boat has seen major improvements and, by and large, my cruising experience has been trouble-free and very successful (much of it detailed on my YouTube channel). Except for the standing rigging and the diesel high pressure pump rebuild, all the work was done by me (and any willing friends). The work included all major systems as detailed above, and (I believe) the quality of my work is outstanding, both in design and execution. I have the knowledge and the scars to prove it. Anyone who thinks a refit like this is easy, cheap, or not time-consuming doesn’t know what they are talking about. I spent thousands of hours educating myself, planning, and working on this boat. I have over $80K invested and I got the boat for “free”.
What is really great about this boat?
First, it’s a very good all-round performer. It’s not a rocketship (PHRF is 150) but its performance is very good in a range of conditions. The boat will take care of you when the going gets tough so long as you know how to handle her. It won’t beat the crap out of you in the ocean in 25-30 knots of true wind if you reef down properly and set the steering up to not overload the AP.
The sails are pretty new and are well made. The main and 115% genoa combo is great for winds above 12 knots on any point of sail. The cruising kite works well for broad reaching and can be set up for dead downwind using the whisker pole in light to moderate winds.
The electrical system has been thoroughly redesigned and meticulously installed. Check out my engine panel wiring or my battery wiring. I took the advice of the best in the business and did the work properly. The LifePO4 battery system is AMAZING! Here are the number of hours on the engine that were required to charge the batteries last summer – 0.0. Even running my fridge, lights, and a computer all day I never had problems, and there’s enough amp-hour capacity to sustain these loads for several cloudy days. Good luck finding a boat with this level of electrical upgrades for the same money.
The engine, while original, has never once failed to start immediately. It doesn’t overheat either. I can power at 6.8 knots in calm water at 2200 RMP and the temp locks in at 180. It probably could use some engine mounts soon but they aren’t an issue now.
The instrumentation package is truly exceptional. Again, great care was taken in its design and installation. It’s all integrated into the Raymarine Seatalk NG backbone which is NMEA 2000. It all works extremely well. After using AIS I can say this is a must-have for coastal cruising. It’s fabulous tech.
The interior has many thoughtful touches. The cushions are very high end and good looking. I added shelving and lights to lockers.
The AP is easily one of the best things about this boat and has allowed me to single-hand it extensively. If you want to single-hand a boat like this, you need an AP of this quality. A wheel pilot on a 20K lb boat WILL NOT CUT IT for real sailing! This is a state-of-the-art below-deck AP that would cost you an insane sum to procure and install professionally. Insane. Just the hardware alone would be $10K with the Edson parts.
Why am I selling if I put so much work into this boat?
Good question. I have bigger dreams that require a bigger boat and continuing to pour time and money into this one is not the right decision. It’s taken me a long time and many sleepless nights to arrive upon that conclusion. I love this boat and it shows in what I’ve done to her but it’s time to take stock of what I’ve accomplished and move on.
So, what’s wrong with the boat? First, it’s a boat, and old or new, they all have something wrong with them. If you want to have a proper functioning yacht that can go places reliably and safely, you just keep working on it no matter the age of the boat. That said, the last remaining items on the refit include re-coring of the side decks and finishing off the wood on the interior. A few hardware improvements on the deckhouse, like a new traveler, would also help. This requires far more sweat equity than cash layout (I’ve already laid out the cash for the expensive bits). If you take a look at the work I’ve done and you look at some of my sailing videos, you will see this boat has really been sailed well and cruised successfully. It’s been tested and proven.
What needs to be done immediately? I would replace the lifelines which I’m going to do regardless. So, the boat will have new finer lifelines (high-end Dyneema) for the new owner.
Take a careful look at whatever boat you are considering and then consider how that boat was recently used and by whom. If the boat has been sitting idle on the hard for a long time or hasn’t been in active use by someone who knows what they are doing, the boat is going to be a nightmare regardless of the cost. You will not have enjoyable cruising if you get out at all. You will either dig into the repairs and it will take you years and tens of thousands of dollars, or you will eventually find yourself distancing from the boat while still incurring expenses. The only ROI on a boat is the intrinsic value yielded by quality time on the water. Otherwise, it's the worst investment imaginable.
Here’s what I’m offering
A proven boat with modern equipment, sails, electronics, safety gear, etc. The Tartan 37 has a pedigree and is often touted as one of the best production blue water capable boats ever made. It isn’t a floating condo. It’s a proper small cruising boat for a couple or maybe a small family. If you want a floating condo that can’t get out of its own way much less be a safe vessel in the ocean, then go buy a 20 year old Beneteau, Hunter, Catalina, etc and park it at the slip and sip margaritas and make believe you’re a sailor. I’m also offering some real help post-sale that includes advise and guidance on how to use the boat and its systems.

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 Post subject: Re: Tartan 37 #240 For Sale
PostPosted: 23 Mar 2024 21:13 
Rail Meat

Joined: 02 Jun 2022 20:41
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Location: Maryland
Wow! What an incredible amount of work and a great looking boat! Looking through your list I noticed your reinforcement of the forward portside knee. We're getting into this repair soon and were wondering if you could go into some detail with that and if you have any pictures you could share. I have the head pretty much disassembled and ready for the work, just waiting on the weather to warm up a bit for the epoxy work. I also thought it would be best to haul out and slacken the stay on that knee to let the hull "relax" and be as close to how it was in the mold as possible. Thoughts on that?


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