First Light | Tartan 38' 1999

Saugatuck, MI

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Bernie Jakits & Kate Christensen

Hi, I'm Bernie Jakits. After 20 years of owning and running a successful brokerage in Annapolis, my partner Kate Christensen and I have merged our company with David Walters Yachts. We are happy and excited to be a part of something bigger and continue to live our passion that started long ago. When I was an engineer in the aerospace industry I had lots of time to read every sailboat review and follow every development in the industry. I dreamed of one day owning a distinctly different brokerage firm and it all came true when in 1997 I started RogueWave Yacht Sales It came out of a passion for the sea and love for the beautiful vessels that sail on her. My vision was to create a new kind of brokerage dedicated to honesty and integrity and desire to help people be successful and achieve their bluewater sailing vision. Kate Christensen joined me in 2001 to share that vision and bring her talents and expertise in business and marketing as well as her passion for sailing her Bristol Channel Cutter. Over 20 years, we built an incredible brokerage and consulting firm specializing in ocean going vessels and live aboard cruising sailboats. We have advised and guided over 800 Clients worldwide from as far away as Hong Kong, Brazil, Australia, Europe and everywhere between, so that they too can also achieve their dream of owning and cruising with a capable bluewater vessel to find and reach their own horizons. We have the experience and expertise required to really help people.

For over 45 years, I have sailed, delivered and worked on hundreds of different types of vessels. Representing many clients, I have sailed in the North Sea to Med, across the Atlantic, and in the South China Sea and the, Pacific, the Caribbean Islands and also both Coasts of the USA. Having owned and maintained over 3 million dollars worth of sailing vessels, I have vast experience with incredible sailing vessels from the Hallberg Rassy 53 or a Valiant 40 & 42, a Norseman 447, a PSC34, and a BCC28. I've sailed to many foreign ports and also lived aboard while raising a family. Kate and I have had the opportunity to have incredible sailing adventures aboard our boats from the amazing Bristol Channel Cutter to the Hallberg Rassy 53 and finally our Valiant 42 that we built new in 2008 when we were Valiant Dealers in Annapolis. We have sailed far and lived aboard; we have led the Caribbean 1500 to the Bahamas. We have raced to Bermuda. We have delivered boats from the North Sea to the Med and from Guatemala to Annapolis and of course from the Caribbean to Annapolis many times. Through that experience we can help cruising couples make the right decisions. I have decommissioned and shipped many vessels and put them back together again, for myself and also for our clients. I have upgraded each vessel we owned installing every system imaginable, and maintaining every boat properly. I have taught and advised clients so that they themselves will have a pleasant and rewarding experience. Being a fellow boat owner and having personally experienced both sides of being a buyer and a seller, I understand your concerns.

With these many years of experience I have come to know and appreciate what a truly high caliber blue water sailing yachts is and should be. As a licensed & bonded professional yacht broker, please give me the pleasure of helping you define your requirements and help choose your next passage making/offshore capable sailing or power yacht. My experience is gained from having had a 100 Ton USCG Master License, being a Captain on several ocean races, having been a Marine Surveyor, and of course my background as an MSME Mechanical Engineer. And most important of all, I have sailed over 100,000 offshore miles, on my own boats and delivering countless boats for client to about everywhere.

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Yacht Name: First Light
Builder: Tartan
Model: 3800
Year: 1999
Location: Saugatuck, MI
Asking Price: $119,000
Hull Material: Fiberglass

The Tartan 3800 is a well known classic that total fits the bill for family cruising in the Chesapeake and Coastal Cruising. This is a great two stateroom classic that sails really sweet. Our offering First Light is quite exceptional with new furling genoa 2012 and a new boom furler and mainsail in 2012 as well. All the sail controls are in the cockpit with electric primary sheet winches and electric mainsail winch. There is even an electric windlass with cockpit controls for easy single hand sailing. First Light has enjoyed some really great updates with a new epoxy bottom barrier coat, new navigation lights, and newly varnished exterior teak trim. She is in very good condition. With two private sleeping cabins and a salon berth that converts to a double, this sweet cruiser can sleep seven if you need too. She is a great family cruiser with new air conditioning, new fans, stereo and she is even rigged for TV. With radar and a chart plotter at the helm and all the controls in the cockpit she is a dream to sail even if you sail her yourself.

This is a great family cruiser for the Bay and beyond. 


Length: 38'
Beam: 12' 4
Draft: 5' 4
Water Tank Capacity: 40 Gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity: 38 Gallons
Holding Tank Capacity: 24 Gallons
Engine Manufacturer: Yanmar
Engine Model: 3JH2E
Power: 38 HP
Number of Engines: 1
Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 2600 Hours


The Tartan 3800 is a wonderful family cruiser that will satisfy your desire to get out on the water and enjoy the Bay and beyond. The sweet boat has a light and airy interior with two sleeping cabins a spacious salon, totally workable galley and complete enclosed head. The interior joinery is nicely executed and provides ample storage throughout the boat. With the ten opening ports and four overhead deck hatches there is wonderful ventilation in each cabin as well as the salon. There are also four brand new cabin fans nice to have at anchor in the Chesapeake. The air conditioning system is certainly nice in the summer at the dock. The hand rubbed light cherry interior woodwork makes the boat light and bright inside and very spacious in feel. The teak and holly cabin sole is shippy. Starting forward there is a wide traditional v-berth cabin. There are three lockers and ample shelves for storage and the cabin is large enough to have generous floor area with a dressing seat to starboard and also a bi-fold wood privacy door. Just aft of the forward bulkhead is the main salon. The angled bulkheads create a spacious feeling. The traditional layout has a straight settee berth to port and a U-shaped settee to starboard with a drop leaf table. The settees are contoured for comfort and spaciousness and in the classic tradition; the port settee converts to a nice double berth allowing you to sleep seven if you like. The blue cushions are just right with the cherry interior. The table extends to easily seat six. There is centerline storage that makes a nice liquor cabinet on many boats. Cabinetry outboard the settees provides to two lockers and a shelf on both port and starboard. The brass reading lamps create nice lighting for dining and of course for lounging and reading. Aft of the port settee is the forward facing sit down navigation station. It is just what you want with a comfortable seat and a large chart area. This is also the ships office with the displays for the electronics and also for the electric breaker panel outboard. There is also a locker and areas for charts. The roomy head is to starboard with a vanity and sink, a standard marine toilet and an enclosed sit down shower. The opening hatch an opening port provide good ventilation. There is also ample storage with seven lockers in the head. To starboard of the companionway is the aft cabin which has a large double berth and is truly spacious with great ventilation given the two opening ports and the overhead hatch. There are also two good sized lockers as well as shelves.



  • Hand-rubbed light Cherry interior joinery
  • Teak and holly cabin sole
  • Extensive storage in lockers, drawers and shelves
  • Nicely contoured cushions upholstered in blue
  • Salon starboard settee converts to double berth
  • Aft cabin with double berth and privacy door
  • Spacious V-berth cabin forward with privacy door
  • Forward facing seat down nav station
  • Workable galley to starboard at the companionway with Granicote counters New air conditioner 2019
  • New 12v fans 2019



The galley is to starboard right when you walk down the companionway stairs. It is well designed and totally workable.

  • Force 10 three-burner stove and oven
  • Alder Barbour 12v refrigeration with freezer
  • Top and side opening refrigerator
  • Single stainless steel sink
  • Granicote counters
  • Pressure water
  • Hot water heater
  • Hand pump for fresh water
  • Special waste bin
  • Ample storage



  • Standard marine toilet
  • Holding tank 24 gallons
  • Deck pump out
  • 80 gallons fresh water in two tanks
  • Deck fill
  • Shower with enclosure


Navigation & Communication

Sit down forward facing nav station. There is a large chart table, and displays for electronics and breaker panel. Equipment There is also good shelving for charts and other manuals.

  • Raymarine E90 Radar/Plotter at the Helm
  • Raymarine ST60 sailing instruments for wind, speed, and depth
  • Raymarine ST1000 autopilot
  • Standard Horizon VHF Radio
  • Pioneer stereo with CD player and FM radio
  • Ritchie compass binnacle mount
  • Rigged for TV



  • Yanmar 3JH2E diesel engine is well maintained
  • 2600 hours
  • Three-blade Max Prop
  • Max Prop reconditioned in 2019
  • Maintenance spares



12V System

  • AGM batteries – five new in 2019
  • Navigation lights on mast and bow 2019
  • Anchor Light
  • Steaming light
  • Finish reading lights
  • Cabin lights
  • Refrigeration
  • Electronics
  • Electric winches
  • Electric windlass
  • Fans
  • Automatic bilge pump
  • Shower sump pump

AC Shore Power:

  • Shore power connection
  • Battery charger
  • 30 Foot 30 Amp Cord
  • AC Main breaker panel
  • AC Voltmeter
  • Air conditioner new in 2019


Sails & Rigging

  • Sloop rig
  • Harken headsail furler
  • New traveler car 2019
  • Furling genoa 2012
  • Furl boom mainsail 2012
  • Selden Rodkicker Vang
  • Additional genoa
  • Spinlock line clutches



  • Electric primary sheet winches
  • Two spead electric halyard winch for managing mainsail
  • Two speed manual winch


Hull & Deck

  • Fiberglass hull
  • New bottom in 2012 – soda blasted and new epoxy barrier coat
  • Double life lines
  • Port and starboard boarding gates
  • Folding swim ladder
  • Six deck cleats
  • Exterior teak hand rails sanded and revarnished 2019
  • Cap rail varnished 2019
  • Four chrome cowl vents
  • Dodger and bimini with side curtains – Blue Sunbrella
  • Teak cockpit table varnished with leaves
  • Lockers under cockpit bench seats
  • Cockpit cushions


Ground Tackle

  • Anchor bow roller
  • Electric windlass with cockpit controls
  • Primary anchor
  • 25 feet chain and 175 ft rode
  • Spare anchor stowed in cockpit locker


Safety & Additional

  • Automatic electric bilge pump
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Coastguard safety package
  • Winter boat cover
  • Propane locker
  • Fenders and dock lines