Highlander is a clean, well maintained example of the classic Sparkman & Stephens designed Tartan 37C (Hull #338.) Only two families have owned her since new and she has been sailed in the waters between Maine and New York, primarily around the Cape and Islands, for the 6 month seasons of New England.
The Tartan 37 is known for exceptional sailing performance, quality construction and timeless good looks. Highlander's Westerbeke W-50 has received recent upgrades and provides reliable power and efficiency with her feathering Max Prop propeller. Highlander's keel centerboard design allows access to gunkholing anchorages that many cruisers only dream about. Her sail plan and sail handling set-up make sailing her a breeze.
Highlander's construction is hand lay-up fiberglass of high glass content mat and woven roving with uni-directional roving in stress areas and balsa coring in the underbody. The deck is balsa-cored for stiffness, mechanically fastened, with the joint bedded with butyl and polysulfide. There is a durable, molded-in non-skid pattern on all horizontal surfaces.
With lead ballast of 7,500 lbs. and a half-load displacement of 15,500 lbs., the Tartan 37 is a fully ballasted vessel. Her centerboard gives additional windward pointing ability and can be used to balance the helm for effortless steering. To keep the interior of the boat neat, the centerboard pennant comes up on deck thru the mast, and the pennant can be changed while the boat is afloat.
One major upgrade for Highlander was installing eight Hood stainless steel ports with fitted screens. Another investment was made in 2000, when the bottom was stripped and barrier coated.
The deck has tapered teak toe rails at sheer with 1/4" stainless steel bolt-fastenings. The low, straight housing top has full length teak grab rails and there are two opening deck hatches. Double rail stainless steel bow and stern pulpits are connected with offshore-rated double stainless steel wire lifelines (no vinyl covering). Highlander has a molded companionway hatch cover and two dorade vents mounted on teak bases on the cabin top. A custom teak and stainless steel bowsprit with roller, four mooring cleats, two adjustable midship cleats, and large mooring chocks, make Highlander easy to handle when securing the vessel.
The cockpit has a high, comfortable raked coaming and varnished teak slatted seats covering the port and starboard benches and the lazarette hatch. To starboard, there is a deep sail stowage locker, which also provides engine access. A single propane locker is located under the lazarette hatch.
Pedestal steering includes an Edson 36" destroyer-style wheel and 5" binnacle mounted Ritchie compass. Throttle and transmission controls are on the pedestal, and the engine instrumentation, including the tachometer and fuel gauge, are recessed into the port side cockpit.
The cockpit sole has teak grating aft with two 1-1/2" scuppers draining overboard. Other teak accents include a cockpit table and cup holder at the pedestal. There is also a manual diaphragm bilge pump mounted in the cockpit.
The v-berth fully qualifies as the owner's stateroom with two hanging lockers, a bureau, and ample shelf space. A separate door closes off a dressing area and provides private access from the v-berth to the head compartment. The v-berth includes two large berths with upgraded cushions by S&S and a seat at the foot of the berths. There is access to the anchor locker forward via a louvered hatch, and there is additional storage beneath the berths.
The head includes a recently rebuilt Raritan PHII marine toilet (above the water line) with holding tank, vanity with a stainless steel sink, and shower with shower curtain. Hot and cold pressure water is available at the sink and shower, and there is plenty of storage, with deep shelves and cabinets.
In the main salon, the 11'9" beam easily allows for a pilot berth behind the settee to starboard. This settee pulls out for full-width sleeping and provides a comfortable seat when facing the dining table. Behind the upholstered back rests are large bin lockers. The port side of the cabin is for lounging and dining with the L-shaped settee and a drop leaf table, which stows vertically on the forward bulkhead when not in use. This settee also provides a single berth for sleeping. Above the settee are bookshelves and additional closed stowage. All cushions have been upgraded by S&S.
Aft and to port is the full size chart table with separate navigator's seat. The quarter berth expands to a double berth by inserting the cushion above the navigator's seat. Beneath the chart table is a chart compartment and a three drawer bureau; alongside the chart table is a locker and shelf for instruments and equipment. An electrical circuit breaker panel is positioned over the table with additional space for instruments. The engine compartment is accessible through the port side of the quarterberth, from behind the companionway ladder, and through a removable panel in the starboard cockpit locker.
The u-shaped galley is located to starboard. There is a well-insulated 7 cubic foot icebox with shelves, grating and teak partitions running athwartship with counter over. Outboard is a stainless steel three-burner Princess propane stove with oven. Aft is a counter with a deep double stainless steel sink with hot and cold pressure water. Dry goods storage lockers are positioned outboard to starboard and dish, cup and cutlery lockers are positioned aft.
68 Red Brook Harbor Road
P.O. Box 38
Cataumet, MA 02534