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My New Boat - A Tartan 3800

Oct 22, 2014
15,682
CAL 35 Cruiser moored EVERETT WA
When do you splash? Will your surveyor be doing the sea trial?
During y trial I commanded the boat. I ran the engine up and down and sideways. I proved the engine was over heating and needed attention. The seller had it worked on. The second test was a 45 minute run at the dock. The engine over heating was solved. We least for a while. After I got the boat the old issue came back and took me 7 months to finally resolve. It's been good for past 2 years. It is a pre-owned boat. It will always be something.
You need to like (love) the boat and expect her to test your love on a constant basis.
 

jviss

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Feb 5, 2004
4,602
Tartan 3800 Westport, MA
Thanks, John. What was the problem that caused the overheating?
 
Oct 22, 2014
15,682
CAL 35 Cruiser moored EVERETT WA
The repairs started with a flush of the system. The repair showed clogging in lines and at fittings. This improved the movement of fluid through the system. Then the seal on the water pump finally failed. I removed and installed new pump. Engine hums along at 155-158 F for past 100 hours.
 

Apex

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Jun 19, 2013
1,022
Oday 28 Traverse City
JViss: Congratulations, a beautiful boat! There is a Tartan 3700 in Muskegon for sale that I always admired, Sagittarius looks the part smartly.
 
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Jul 12, 2011
970
Catalina 36 1771 Ft Pierce, Florida
Congratulations, Jviss! I can see why as a C36 owner you'd like that boat. It looks identical below the waterline, and very similar on-deck. Depending on the rig, you'll probably not have to adjust much to learn that boat. Enjoy your new love.
 

jviss

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Feb 5, 2004
4,602
Tartan 3800 Westport, MA
Congratulations, Jviss! I can see why as a C36 owner you'd like that boat. It looks identical below the waterline, and very similar on-deck. Depending on the rig, you'll probably not have to adjust much to learn that boat. Enjoy your new love.
Thanks. That's an interesting observation; I didn't consider that they were identical. This one has a wing keel, my C36 a fin. The new one is bigger in every dimension, and gives the impression of being more solid, in the hull, on deck, below deck. One funny thing is that while the layout belowdecks is similar, in many ways, it's all flipped left for right. Might take some getting used to.
 
Oct 22, 2014
15,682
CAL 35 Cruiser moored EVERETT WA
JV, Sounds like your going to need do something to distinguish the sail locker from the head on your new to you boat.
Choosing the wrong one in the middle of the night :yikes: is going to spoil your day!!!:biggrin:

Like going to the fridge for a beer and finding only baby formula...
 
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jviss

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Feb 5, 2004
4,602
Tartan 3800 Westport, MA
JViss: Congratulations, a beautiful boat! There is a Tartan 3700 in Muskegon for sale that I always admired, Sagittarius looks the part smartly.
I considered that boat. It's been dry for about three years, as far as I can tell. The broker told me that the interior teak needs work, is worn. I didn't know they ever used teak in the T3700, I thought it was cherry. the seller doesn't seem super motivated, and I think he's asking $149k. I would think you could buy that boat for $120k. And yes, it is a beauty! The 3700 carries a lot of beam aft, for a big aft cabin and head. The cockpit is much wider, 'luxurious' comes to mind.