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Tartan 30, 1978, Anacortes, Washington, $18,500, Price reduced 3/2/14 to $17,900, SOLD 3/25/14

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Tartan 30, Racing/Cruising model. 30 feet long 1978

  • Located at Anacortes, WA

    This is a 1978 Tartan Sailboat moored at Flounder Bay Yacht Club in Anacortes,(closest slips to the San Juan Islands from the mainland). The amazing value with this sailboat is the amenities of the Yacht Club with the slip that is available for $230 a month. We are selling 'our baby' to purchase a bigger sailboat.

    HISTORY; The Tartan 30 was designed by Sparkman & Stephens and built by Tartan Marine Company between 1970 and 1979. 630 hulls were built during that period in two hull and two interior configurations. The standard rig includes a fin keel with skeg hung rudder that draws 5'. The interiors came in a center galley version. The design called for a high performance, off-shore racing cruising boat. Power: The 30 Hp. Universal Atomic Four drives a 12 x 8 propeller through a 1" stainless steel shaft. Located off-center to eliminate torque, the engine is set in the forward end of the main cabin to concentrate its weight (together with fuel and water tanks) over the center of ballast and reduce pitching moment. Because the engine is mounted on top of the lead ballast, it is remarkably quiet, free from vibration, and readily accessible. Positive ventilation from engine compartment. Engine instrumentation includes temperature, oil pressure and ammeter gauges, reverse gear and throttle linkage with removable handles at cockpit; blower and engine vent system; muffler with water-lift exhaust exiting portside.


  • 2009-Boat purchased (thorough invoice from the boatyard for punch list items identified on Survey and completed prior to purchase)
  • Haul out and bottom paint
  • New Ritchie compass mounted on cockpit wall
  • Mast professionally painted
  • Halyards moved to inside mast
  • Conduit installed for mast electrical wires
  • New vhf antenna on top of mast and new vhf wiring
  • All sail trim lines and halyard relocated to the cockpit for ease of single handed sailing
  • Secondary winches rebuilt and relocated from mast to cabin top in cockpit
  • New forestay
  • New windex
  • New mast top anchor light with LED bulb
  • New steaming light/foredeck light combo mounted at spreaders
  • New CD/stereo with remote control and speakers for cockpit (cabin speakers were already in place)


  • Overhaul of boat's DC electrical system with addition of appropriate fuses where lacking, new instrument panel, negative bus bars to clean up wiring and make it easier to follow, new tinned marine wiring of the proper gauge where needed, etc...
  • New oil pressure gauge
  • New high sensitivity digital amp meter for monitoring house battery usage and alternator output
  • New high sensitivity digital voltmeter (switchable to isolate each battery or battery bank)
  • New HX751 handheld VHF (may not want to sell with the boat)
  • Top end rebuild on engine
  • Complete tune up
  • Complete new exhaust system to eliminate danger of water backing up to the cylinders (a known problem on the mid mount engine boats).


  • New triple rope clutch for cabin top
  • New battery switch
  • Add Procom 5,500/10,000 btu propane heater
  • Add external oil filter to engine
  • New impeller for water pump
  • New 30amp battery charger/maintainer
  • Two new marine batteries (1 group 27 and one group 24 starter). Boat has one older group 27 battery as well, which still seems ok.
  • New Raymarine tiller pilot
  • New PVC bead board headliner throughout.
  • New anchor roller and platform
  • Sealed deck core at hawse pipe
  • Haul out, pressure wash, bottom paint as needed
  • Keel bolts tightened by yard
  • Hull to keel joint sealed and faired
  • Keel faired


  • New Rocna 10kg plow anchor
  • Install new chart plotter/depth/fish finder and new marine charts SD card
  • New high output alternator (charges batteries very quickly under power, even at engine idle)
  • New SCAD Profile series multi-tank monitor for fuel, water and holding tanks
  • New stern rail seats with cushions
  • New solar vent/fan installed in v-berth hatch
  • New custom marine theme curtains throughout
  • Removed and checked all chain plates, sealed bulkhead bolt holes with epoxy, and sealed deck core where chainplates pass through. All hardware installations were done with oversized aluminum backing plates and any holes drilled through wood cored fiberglass areas were over drilled, reamed out, filled with epoxy to seal the core, and re-drilled to the correct size.


  • L.O.A 29'11"
  • D.W.L 24'3"
  • Beam 10'0"
  • Draft 4'11"
  • Ballast 3,7001bs.
  • Displacement 8,7501bs.
  • Sail area 449 sq. ft.
  • IOR Rating (with Martec ) 24.2
  • MORC Rating 23.4
  • Lbs./inch immersion 710
  • Design Sparkman & Stephens


  • 2 main sails, 1 has 2 reef points for storms,(currently using).
  • 1 full size symmetrical spinnaker and 1 smaller one for storms.
  • The head sail on the roller furling is 135% and there is also *1-storm jib for the headsail.
  • Total Sails-6, all usable sheets in good condition.

    This boat has started every single time and has been nothing but an outstanding performer on the water. I had a Catalina 25' before and had to tow it twice so you understand the peace of mind I had in this sailboat as a consistent performer while motor cruising. We have 2 different sized tables to use in the cockpit and galley. We have added interior nylon pockets inside two aft berths to assist with storage; however, the storage on this boat is second to none. It has a dodger with covers for the vinyl windows. The only negative thing I can say about the sailboat is the CDI Roller Furling. It works okay and will bring you years of use; however, it takes a winch to pull the last 10 feet out unless you have a stiff wind,(advantage is control). We checked on replacement parts and you can't get them; bottom line is, it works. We did extensive research for the best performing used sailboat and this is it; TARTAN 30. The price is firm and reasonable. Thank you for your time and consideration.


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