Beautiful Tartan 37 with centerboard-keel and Stearns tall-rig double-spreader mast. Custom teak interior with genuine teak and holly sole. Five oversize self-tailing winches, Lofran anchor windlass, radar, B&G Pilot. Current owner is the third owner. He has owned the boat for 20 year. Previously the boat was sailed out of Green Bay. Oriiginal owner was in Thunder Bay. Boat has never been in salt water. Professional annual maintenance. Stored winters indoors/heated at Crowley's Yacht Yard in Chicago. Summers at Belmont harbor in Chicago. Sparkman & Stephens design.
June 2017 survey available. Please inquire.
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Zephyr # 56
Zephyr, built in 1977, is a Sparkman & Stevens design and is hull number 56 out of the 486 that were built. Most of which are still sailing. Several have sailed around the world. Zephyr has always been a Great Lakes boat. Her originally named was “Respite” and sailed out of Thunder Bay, Alpena, Michigan on Lake Huron. The second owner bought her in 1984 and whose business was restoration of vintage wood runabouts, upgraded the boat significantly while sailing primarily on Green Bay. She was berthed at Menominee, Michigan and was named “Hope” after his wife.
I bought her in 1997, and sailed her down from Green Bay. She now sails on Lake Michigan out of the Chicago Yacht Club (Belmont Station). While primarily a cruiser, Zephyr is still very competitive in the Wednesday night “Beer Can” races. She has been continuously upgraded and is arguably one of the finest Tartan-37’s sailing.
She was commissioned with a custom double spreader tall-rig, and an extra 6” on the boom. Stearns, the former racing spar builder was responsible for the rigging. While the main focus of the first owner was racing, surprisingly she is a center-boarder. In the 20 years I have sailed her, I can recall only a handful of times when I benefited from lowering the board. I might add it is easy to lower, as well as retract the board.
The galley, while looking small is really quiet a functional little kitchen. I’ve made really great dinners for one and often 4 to 6. There is a propane grill on the port side under the big cushion. There is also a Sea Swing single burner mounts on the aft bulkhead above that mounts over the sink. Perfect for boiling water in the morning for coffee or tea. I left a “French Press” insulated coffee pot.
Anchoring the Zephyr is fairly easy, with the Lofran anchor windless. There are four anchors on the boat: primary is the #35 CQR on the bow which is attached to 25’ of chain and 250’ of line. There is an anchor riding sail in the same locker.
I have maintained a collection of Tartan 37 reviews over the 30 years I owned and sailed her. To a one they were all good reviews, but the one that sticks in my head was one in which the reviewer said that that Tartan 37’s were “very mannerly boats”. I knew exactly what he meant. She’s a dream to sail.
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