1985 Tartan 37 For Sale

Hull #455 of 480

Well Maintained, extensively equipped
for coastal or offshore cruising

Currently in Ventura, CA


  Why a Tartan 37?

There is a lot of differences between cruising sailboats, fast and uncomfortable, heavy and slow, well-equipped (expensive) and sparsely-equipped (reasonably priced), or most likely some mixture of these qualities. Finding a sailboat that is right for you is one of the most important steps in fulfilling your cruising dreams.

The following describes the qualities of the Tartan 37 and what it is like to sail in various conditions and seas or anchored in a secluded anchorage with all the amenities to make your stay both comfortable and memorable.

The Tartan 37 by Sparkman and Stevens has become a "cult boat". She was a winner the minute she came out of the mold. She is a well built, legendary cruiser/racer with spacious accommodations and storage. Her performance under sail is fast and well mannered.

After owning several cruising boats from a Peterson 44, that we cruised from California down to Baja and the Sea of Cortez, to a Catana 411 catamaran that we cruised throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas and South Florida. While in the Bahamas, we fell in love with the lines of the S&S T37. After seeing many of these cruising sloops in the Bahamas, we started thinking that a slightly smaller yacht, but w/ excellent sailing and offshore characteristics may be right for us. With our previous boats, we always had a crew of 3-5 aboard, so we felt we needed the "extra" space to accommodate everyone. The Tartan could easily carry 3-4 people on a passage and 2 couples for a week or more with nobody feeling claustrophobic.


  Why Sherpa ?

Our Tartan 37 Sherpa is in exceptional condition and ready to cruise again--Today! Just add Food and Water!

She has just returned from a six month South Pacific Cruise, where we sailed her 9000 NM from our home port of Ventura to French Polynesia and back to California. During our ownership she has been continuously been upgraded and improved at all levels, from sails to electronics, from rigging to solar energy. She is one of the nicest and well equipped T37's on the market and the only late model one we are aware of, that is available for purchase on the West Coast.


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  Reviews of the Tartan 37

"When considering buying an older boat, one axiom should be held sacred: Buy a good, capable boat, one that’s proven and reliable. The Tartan 37 is one vessel that more than fits the bill." Cruising World
Go to CW Review

"A Great Design for a Great Price"  Blue Water Sailing
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"For 20 years now the Tartan 37 has maintained a reputation as a soundly constructed, nicely finished, well-mannered, and moderately priced yacht — a reputation it deserves on each count." Jack Horner, Boat US
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  Tartan 37's out there doing it

S/V Tigger

When Sharon and Dave Ragle returned from their circumnavigation in June 1998, they spent almost a year reenergizing their T37 TIGGER and themselves. Then they took off again, this time up and down the East Coast, to Bermuda, and the Bahamas. Sharon also found time to write a book about their 35000 mile odyssey. "The Oceans are Waiting - Around the World on the Tartan 37 Yacht Tigger". Note: The book can also be purchased from Amazon.com. --
Go to Tigger Website

S/V Rouser

In the early 80's, Rouser spent two years cruising the South Pacific. She made a round-trip passage from Santa Cruz, California through the Marquesas, Tahiti and Hawaii.

In 2003, Rouser set sail again on an extended voyage with new owners, the Siegels and cruised for 2 years from British Columbia to New Zealand, with stops along the way in US West Coast, Mexico, Marquesas, Tuomotus, Societies, Cooks, Tonga and Niue .

 Go to Rouser Website

S/V Whisper

Scott Malone and his wife, Mary, and their two sons, Timothy, 11, and Finn, 8 — known collectively as the “4malones” , set sail on their Tartan 37 Whisper out of their homeport of Seattle for an extended excursion in the South Pacific in early August, 2008.

The two-year family expedition in the South Seas culminated by a solo  sail from Auckland back to Seattle, which took Scott 70 days, covering over 8500 miles of open ocean.
Go to Whisper Website


S/V Windchime

Linda Crown and Debbie Skinner, left their jobs spending several months getting Windchime, their Tartan 37, ready for the trip. The voyage began with a shakedown cruise to Maine in 2004. In Late 2004 they left their homeport of New London, CT and headed south down the ICW, through the Bahamas, and into the Caribbean. Windchime arrived back in her homeport in the Spring of 2006.

Cruising Advice: "Our first is advice is to JUST DO IT! If you can make it happen, do so. There's nothing else like it! The freedom to go where ever you like, and stay as long as you like, to do whatever YOU want to do on any given day is just incredible. It's not stress free, but it's a different kind of stress. YOU are in charge of your own little floating world. It's an incredible and awesome adventure!"
Go to Windchime Website




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DISCLAIMER: The Owner offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.