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Electric Tartan 33 sailboat - $27,500 (Delray Beach)

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boat type: sailboat
propulsion type: power
condition: good
length overall (LOA): 33
make / manufacturer: Tartan
model name / number: 33
year manufactured: 1981
The venerable boat builder Tartan made the Tartan 33 in response to requests for a cruising sailboat that could be comfortably single-handed through waters that were not reliably deep. Its revolutionary Scheel Keel, with a bulbous bottom, allows a boat that draws 4.5 feet to behave as if it draws 6. It’s an upgrade of the Tartan Ten, also 33-feet long but less roomy and with spartan accommodations. The Tartan 33 is almost luxurious in comparison, with abundant solid teak and spacious cabin and storage space. Tartans are known for able sailing, and the oversized mainsail is offset by its fractional rig foresail, a 136 genoa that is easily reduced from the cockpit on its Furlex roller-furling. The big main has two reefing points and prudence dictates a reef when the wind hits 15 mph. This 1981 model with wheel-steering actually sails quite nicely on foresail alone (its genoa was new from Mack Sails in 2021). All its standing rigging was replaced professionally in 2021, and a new Jabsco head was installed in 2020. A trip from Maryland to Florida, mostly on the Intracoastal Waterway, was aided by its Garmin Echomap, installed new in 2019. Its plow was replaced with a big triangle anchor that has never dragged. But the main upgrade to this boat, also in 2019, was its new Quiet Torque 10.0 electric motor from Electric Yacht in Golden Valley, Minnesota. With this barely audible, fumes-free motor, the boat glides silently and those aboard can hear the breeze, the birds, the current and the spoken word without the need to shout. What you’ll hear repeatedly from dockmasters is: “I said you could fire it up. Is it running?” With an electric motor, you turn the key and it’s ready. No warming up, no burst of black smoke, no roaring into life. The motor is powered by two stacks of four AGM batteries in a 48-volt system. It can be run on the port stack or the starboard stack, or both at once. Its range depends on how conservatively it is operated – going against a current uses more battery power, and trying to push the boat up to hull speed is an exercise in futility. This boat will sail at 7 or 8 mph, but motoring should be held back to 3 or 4 (the idea is to enjoy the outdoors -- not speed across the bay). And due to the exponential nature of energy transference, accelerating from 3 mph to 4 mph uses twice as much fuel, or in this case, amps. With its new, electric, identity, this Tartan 33 is no longer suited for long-distance motoring or cruising in primitive locales where marinas and slips with 30-amp shore power are unavailable. But for sailing excursions of a few days or a long weekend, this motor will provide a pleasant and healthy ride back to the slip or anchorage while noiselessly negotiating the canal and the harbor, and won’t wake up the neighbors or pollute the air. This electric Tartan would be perfect for day charters in a nice sailing area, perhaps the Florida Keys or Biscayne Bay or Chesapeake Bay, or a large lake where it could be kept and plugged in every few days. Battery chargers are built in, for both the 12-volt house batteries and the 48-volt driving batteries, which fully charge in 3 to 12 hours, depending on how depleted.

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