This is an IMPECCABLE specimen of a wonderful sloop, one that is lauded for its quality construction, beautiful lines, and comfortable design.
In its 1995 review, Cruising World said that "the Tartan 3800 is a sensible cruising boat. Other builders may strive for styling that ranges from atavistic to modern, but this design, simply, does the important things well. It is comfortable to work or relax aboard, the construction is conservative, and the boat's profile will please the eye as much in 10 years as it does today."(cruisingworld.com/sailboats/tartan-3800
Well, they got all of that right. The boat still turns heads in every marina 20 years later, and this particular boat looks like it was just built, with rock-solid construction and impeccable maintenance. The wood is in excellent shape, there are no leaks, and there's a long list of upgrades (see below) that add to its comfort and feeling that this is a 5-year-old boat, not a 20-year old one.
Tartan has a well-deserved reputation for beauty and quality, and this example represents that brand well. Everything has been maintained to the highest standard, and is truly in sail-away condition. You don't even need to do the wood this season, service the engine, or waterproof the canvas: it's all ready for someone to enjoy and get great family time (or single-handed time: all lines led to the cockpit) use out of it.
Recent Additions and Major Highlights include:
Webasto Hydronic Diesel Cabin Heat (2014) - plumbed through water heater as well
Yanmar 3JH2E diesel with just 955 engine hours professionally inspected and serviced June 2020
Large Aft Cabin w/privacy and 6'4" standing headroom
Carol Hasse re-cut 130% roller furling genoa w/new UV cover
Dacron Mainsail w/full battens, ANTAL Bat Car System, lazyjacks, and hydraulic backstay (fully reconditioned 2017)
New 12V Anchor W