'Endeavour', a Tartan 34C for Sale

Unfortunately, I must put my Tartan 34C 'Endeavour' up for sale after just a couple of years of ownership. She is currently strapped down on the hard in Port Charlotte, Florida.

'Endeavour' is a very special Tartan 34C, as you will see from the cutter rig modification, Ratcliffe wind vane auxiliary rudder style self-steering, SSB radio, radar, and more.

A Tartan 34C sailboat'Endeavour', a Tartan 34C

I purchased 'Endeavour' in late 2019 as I was preparing to leave the Navy. My plan was to live aboard in Key West for a year while finishing up my Navy service and prepping the boat for cruising.

I needed a boat that was ready to live aboard, mostly ready for long distance cruising, relatively inexpensive, required little to no work to get underway, and had a proven design and good reputation for bluewater cruising.

A Tartan 34C sailboat at seaHeading for the horizon

When I found 'Endeavour' and met the previous owners, I was pretty much sold on the spot. Dick was a Coast Guard vet and electrical engineer. He had a wealth of knowledge, and had invested decades of hard work into liveaboard cruising with his wife Kathy.

The boat was ready to launch and sail to Key West. I sailed her from Charlotte Harbor to Key West in February of 2020 and moved aboard.

The helm on a Tartan 34C sailboatRight foot steering!

I lived aboard 'Endeavour' in Key West from February of 2020 to December 2020 when I left the Navy. I thoroughly enjoyed my time living aboard her in Key West in various marinas, but I found little time to plan and prep for cruising.

When I finished my six years of service, the world had other plans for me, and I had to sail 'Endeavour' back to Charlotte Harbor in June of 2021.

The galley in a Tartan 34C sailboatThe Galley

Since I’m going back to school full-time in DC, I can’t find the time to take care of 'Endeavour', and it pains me that she is sitting unattended on the hard. I hope that she finds a new owner that will cherish her history, character, and beauty.

The saloon in a Tartan 34C sailboatThe Saloon, looking forward


  1. Main (new 2020, 2+2 battened, 3 reef points)
  2. Genoa (130%, Profurl roller furling, refurbished with new sun panel 2020)
  3. 100% roller furling genoa
  4. Spinnaker (lightly used)
  5. Drifter (lightly used)
  6. Staysail
  7. Storm trysail
The cockpit on a Tartan 34C sailboatFixed solar panel over the bimini


  • Ratcliffe self-steering/auxiliary rudder
  • 2x telescopic spinnaker poles
  • 1x reaching strut
  • 10x winches
  • Internal halyards
  • 1x19 stainless steel, oversized, approx 8 years old
  • 3x anchors with chain and rode


  • Kenwood amateur/commercial SSB radio
  • 2018 Garmin GPS chart plotter (helm mounted)
  • VHF
  • Radar
The chart table on a Tartan 34C sailboatThe Nav Station


  • Batteries: 1x deep cycle starter (2018), 3x house (2019)
  • New 120V/30A battery charger
  • 130 W solar panel
  • Honda 2000 generator
  • New 12V water pump (2020)
The engine installation on a Tartan 36c sailboatWesterbeke 30B-Three 30hp diesel, approximately 4,400 hours

Dinghy: 2017 Sport Boats SB-270A / Dolphin 8.8ft, Nissan 3.5hp gasoline outboard

Dimensions and Capacities:

  • Draft: Board up, 3’ 11” / Board down, 8’ 4”
  • Masthead height: 48ft
  • Fuel: 30 gal aluminum diesel tank
  • Water: 50 gal total, 1x 30 gal fiberglass tank, 1x20 gal flexible tank
  • Blackwater: 10 gal with macerator pump

That should cover everything for now. I know every boat owner thinks their boat is special, but 'Endeavour' really is a time capsule.

The old school radar and Single-Sideband Radio are fully functioning. There is an extensive amount of literature on board, including the original blueprints from Tartan.

She was a Great Lakes boat until about 1990, and then she was owned by the same couple that cruised with her for nearly 30 years. She has been sailed all over the Caribbean, as well as to Portugal and back.

Aside from some relatively minor maintenance and repairs, 'Endeavour' is fully equipped for long distance cruising.

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