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1968 37 (ft.) TARTAN Blackwatch 37

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General Information

Listing# 120697

Unknown, CT, United States
Boat Type
Model Year
Blackwatch 37
37 (ft.)
Hull Material
Fuel Type
Number of Engines

General Details

Ted Hood designed this original Blackwatch (hull #18), 1968, Tartan 37. Built as a yawl and presently rigged as a sloop, she is located on the lower Connecticut River. The Shoal Draft (less than 4 feet), centerboard configuration gives this classic vessel access to the shoal harbors so common on the East Coast and the Bahamas. This boat was repowered in 1988 and has only 500 hours on the new Westerbeke.

The classic vintage Ted Hood lines are reminiscent of a era when beauty and function were the virtues of a great sailing yacht. Everything came together for the Blackwatch Tartan 37s. Meridian is a well preserved example of these renowned sail boats with a simple rig, shoal draft and very comfortable below decks.  

Below she is configured in the manner of the vintage ocean cruisers. A comfortably large forepeak with two single vee berths that fill in for a spacious double berth, and plenty of built in storage.  A double entry head with a marine head, sink, and a hot and cold telephone style shower is opposite hanging lockers. The saloon is configured with upper and lower berths. The lower berths pull out to extra spacious berths aside the traditional tablewhich seats 6 comfortably. The galley is aft with a large galley sink, alcohol two burner cooker and plenty of storage for crockery, supplies and a lobster boiling pot. Opposite is the traditional ice boxwhich also serves as a chart table.Beautiful teak joinery with white panels in the Herreshoft style make for a surprising light and airy interior while still cozy enough to happily ride out the rainy days with a good book.

On deck she has the traditional trunk cabin with open decks with teak trim to cut the austerity of the fiberglass decks. The open foredeck is clear for easy sail handling. The aft cock pit has T seating with an helmsman station all the way aft and port and starboard seating for six additional crew. Mainsheet leads to the cockpit while the halyards are on the mast. The North Quick Cover makes it a breeze to furl and cover the mainsail. With roller furling, there is little call to visit the foredeck under sail. The teak trim has been lovingly maintained over the years and is in excellent condition.

Meridian was built as a yawl and is presently rigged as a sloop. The mizzen gear was retained except for the mizzen mast. She can be rigged as a yawl, if this is your preference. Similarly an Edson pedestal and wheel was added but there remains the original tiller, again if one prefers.

The original Westerbeke 27A diesel has 800 original hours and is running strong.

The cockpit cushions and interior upholstery are in excellent condition. This yacht is in sail away condition.

This highly desirable vintage Blackwatch is a great value for a family cruiser looking for a shoal draft yacht with the great lines of a classic traditional sailing yacht.

Please click on the Blackwatch story tab to get a true sense of the tradition these classic yacht inspired.


Full Specifications
MAKE:  Tartan                    MODEL:  Black Watch      YEAR: 1968 LOA:     37’ 4”                            BEAM:  10’ 9”                            DRAFT:  3’ 10” / 7’ 9”                                         LWL:     25’ 6”                            WEIGHT:  15,700 lbs                 BRIDGE CLEARANCE:  49’        HULL MATERIAL: FRP               DECK MATERIAL:  FRP TANKAGE FUEL:  20 g              WATER:  40 g               WASTE: 15 g ENGINES AND MACHINERY NUMBER OF DRIVE ENGINES: 1                     MANUFACTURER: Westerbeke              MODEL:  27A                HORSE POWER:  30     FUEL:   Diesel                           HOURS:  800                DRIVE TYPE:  inboard              CRUISING RPM:  2000               CRUISING SPEED:  6 kn           FUEL CONSUMPTION: ½ gal/hr COOLING SYSTEM:                  FRESH WATER (CLOSED) BATTERY STARTING:    1          HOUSE:  1        TYPE:   WetCell             SWITCH:  Parallel SHIPS VOLTAGE DC:   12                                 BILGE PUMPS: 1 electric / 1 manual PRESSURE WATER SYSTEM               HOT WATER SYSTEM ACCOMMODATIONS SLEEPS           TOTAL:   6        FORWARD BERTHS:  2 SALON BERTHS:  4      HEADS: 1         HEAD:  marine              SHOWER:  1 telephone style     SINKS: 1          GALLEY AREA:                        ICE BOX:                                  COOKTOP:  2 burner                 ALCOHOL                                     GALLEY SINK                                     LARGE POT STORAGE LOCKER SALON AREAS:                        FIXED TABLE:              SEATS 6 PERSONS DECK AREAS                           COCKPIT                      SEATS:              8        BOW RAIL        STERN RAIL     SWIM LADDER             PRIMARY ANCHOR:  DANFORTH          CHAIN LENGTH:  20’                 RODE LENGTH:  200’                ANCHOR WINDLASS:  IDEAL ELECTRONICS, NAVIGATION AND SAFETY GPS:                            GARMIN                       MODEL:  182C              COLOR CHARTPLOTTER DEPTH FINDER:           RAYMARINE                 MODEL:  ST60+            DIGITAL AUTO PILOT:                AUTOHELM VHF RADIO:                 STANDARD HORIZON   MODEL:  ECLIPSE FIRE EXTINGUISHER/S:  2        LIFE RINGS:  1              LIFE JACKETS:   4        CANVAS CANVAS COLOR:  WHITE         DODGER          MAINSAIL COVER         WHEEL COVER OWNERS NOTES:   Repowered in 1988, 500 hours on this Westerbeke. PRIMARY WINCHES – BARIENT 27-48 SELF TAIL SECONDARY WINCHES – BARIENT 26 MAINSHEET WINCH – BARIENT 10 MAIN SAIL – NORTH DACRON  2008 GENOA – NORTH DACRON 130%  2006 NORTH MAINSAIL QUICKCOVER 2012 SPINAKERS – 2 OLDER SAILS LIGHTLY USED VESSEL ORIGINALLY RIGGED AS A YAWL – ALL MIZZEN RIGGING WAS RETAINED EXCEPT THE MIZZEN MAST. THERE IS A MIZZEN STAYSAIL NEW DODGER 2012 BOTTOM STRIPPED AND BARIER COATED IN 2011 NEW CENTERBOARD IN 2010 TOPSIDES AWLGRIPPED IN 2009 THIS BLACKWATCH HAS BEEN CONTINUOUSLY UP GRADED EVERY YEAR. RECENT NEW COCKPIT CUSHIONS RECENT NEW CUSHION COVERS BELOW EXTREMELY CLEAN BOAT, TURN KEY READY TO GO  
The Blackwatch Story
Narrative by Martin Burs As with many great boats the Blackwatch 37 started on paper in the Little Harbor boatyard in Marblehead, Mass. in 1963 by Ted Hood. The boat then was only known as the "Hood 37". The design was highly influenced by the first of the "Robin" series in 1959, which won the outstanding racing boat of the year. Consequently the first "Hood 37" built by Little Harbor was appropriately named "Robin II". I'm not quite sure how many were built, I think 6, but I know a few are still around today. They apparently have wood decks instead of the fiberglass decks from the Tartan factory. In 1960 a young man by the name of Charlie Britton left the Navy and set out, with two other men aboard a Rhodes designed sailboat to circumnavigate the world. Upon his return he secured a yard position with Douglass & McLeod plastics corporation at which time were producing the "Thistle" and "Highlander". Charlie soon realized that there was a large market for larger auxiliary racing yachts and wanted to produce the Sparkman & Stevens designed 27. D&M encouraged him to set out on his own. With a goal of building 50 of them, he set off and formed Tartan Yachts. With the immense success of the Tartan27 (hundreds were built), Charlie soon saw a future in an even larger sailing vessel. One that would surpass anything in its class in speed and elegance. Charlie was familiar with the success of Ted Hoods "Robin II" and purchased the rights to the design in 1965. Hull #1 rolled of the line in 1965 and 32 boats were built by 1970. A fire at the factory in late 1970 destroyed the molds for the boat and a replacement for the 37 was not found until 1977, at which time a lighter, beamier and thinner S&S design was employed. Hulls 1 through 15 were called the Blackwatch" and sported mahogany coach sides with a stepped roofline. In the middle of 1968, in an attempt to lighten up the boat, a straightened and fiberglass coach house was introduced with an interior layout change, moving the head from starboard midship to forward port side and spreading the galley across the companion area. These were hulls 16 through 32 and called the "Classic". The vessels had the options of a centerboard or fixed full keel and could be delivered as a sloop or yawl. As standard equipment the T-37's, as they were known, came from the factory with a Greymarine 35 h.p. However a diesel was offered as an option. A telephone call with Bill Seifert, a company employee for Tartan in the early days, told me that the company really had no idea how strong fiberglass was. As a matter of fact, they called it "The Goo" and built the hulls on the side of "nothing too strong ever broke". I verified this claim when I hole sawed two holes just above the waterline (a good place for a hole) under the counter of the hull below the transom. On boats of the 80's and forth this section is normally a ½" thick of fiberglass. I was somewhat surprised when the hole saw bottomed out! I thought that I must have drilled into something like a beam or stringer only to find the pilot hole inside the boat. I back drilled it from inside only to behold a 1-½" plug. It's quite a conversation piece when one of my "racing" friends come over to brag of the stiffness of their boat. Also incorporated into the hull are steel reinforcements laminated into the fiber glass in the stem and chainplates running down to the keel and a 3/8"X2'X1' triangular plate in the stem reenforcing the backstay. Another innovation the Tartan factory tried was to balsa core the forward sections of the port and starboard hull sides, in the V-berth area starting 6" above the waterline. This was to give the vessel additional buoyancy forward. Another report from a Blackwatch owner states that during a delivery of a new boat to New York from the Tartan factory the transport driver somehow got lost in N.Y. city and while trying to maneuver the rig and boat on a bridge, lost the boat. That is to say, it fell off. The driver told the city that Tartan representatives were on the way to remove the boat in question. The city officials told him that they had their own way of dealing with a situation of this magnitude and proceeded to take a bulldozer and push it off the bridge to free the traffic. You can imagine the look on the representative's face when only cosmetic damages were done. The owner accepted the boat with the minor repairs. Almost every T-37 owner I talk to has some amazing story on the incredible versatility of these amazing vessels. Whether it's the strength of the boat or her all round performance. A few of these boats have been around the world, (hull#15). Purchase price of these boats tend to range quite a bit. This is usually due to their condition, since some of them are over 30 years old. Believe me a lot can happen to a boat in 30 years, if neglected. One reported purchase was as little as $10,000 but needed new mahogany cabin sides and had sat opened to the weather in a boat yard for some years. On the other end of the financial scale, another boat sold for $50,000 presumed to be in "Bristol" condition. Currently another one is on the market with an asking price of $65,000. Speaking in general terms I would say you could purchase a well-founded vessel with a diesel somewhere between $35,000 to $40,000. There seems to be a resurgence of older boats because of the general lack of integrity of newer built boats with their condominium style interiors. These interiors work well for the charter service or the owner who leaves his boat tied up in his slip for years on end with little use other than an entertainment facility. This and other short comings of newer high production boats seems to be pushing the price of "quality" older boats to an upward trend.  I am the husband of hull #3. She is a yawl. Charlie Britton built this boat for his father, Birgham "Boots" Britton in 1966. I am the 7th owner. She has been through 2 divorces and a bank repo. Needless to say the boat was somewhat derelict when I found her. Her previous owner did a lot of repairs but could not give the boat the attention she needed. We are very happy together and she is recovering quite well. I love my boat. It's been a lot of fun finding some of the owners of T-37's. There is a real cross-section of people that own them. Lawyers, doctors, toolmakers, realtors, and boatyard owners to name a few. One thing I found that we all have in common is the great respect and love we have for these fine boats, built from an era when craftsmanship meant something and pride of ownership was the result. Specifications: LOA 37; LWL 25'6"; DRAFT (KEEL) 5'1"; (C/B) 3'10",9'4" BEAM 10'6"; DISPLACEMENT 15,700lbs. BALLAST 4200lbs.; SAIL AREA (SLOOP) 618 (YAWL) 653 C.C.A. SLOOP 25.2, YAWL 28.5
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Please contact the listing broker, Robert Moore, (203) 858 3858 to discuss this boat or any other boat. This boat is shown by appointment only.