Tartan 4000: A Command Performance
Loaded with comforts, this mid-line family cruiser is a rock-solid sailer. "Boat Review" from our November 2011 issue.
The 4000’s hull is a foam-cored epoxy-and-glass composite sandwich; the deck is cored with balsa, with solid epoxy and aluminum “windows” for drilling, tapping, and mounting hardware. Interior paneling and joiner work is done in American cherry, giving the saloon and owner’s cabin forward a rich, warm feeling.
The owner of hull number one plans on cruising with children, so in addition to settees that double as sea berths to either side of a centerline drop-leaf table, Jackett replaced cabinets located outboard to starboard with a fold-out pilot berth—a custom touch it’d be hard to obtain from a straight production builder.
The owner’s cabin, behind the chain locker and watertight bulkhead, features tongue-and-groove woodwork, a centerline queen berth, and a head with a separate stall shower.
Aft of the portside galley (whose counters are a granite/foam composite sandwich intended to trim pounds) and opposing nav center, owners have a choice of a two-cabin layout or a single guest cabin to starboard and a quite large storage locker to port that’s accessed from the cockpit. As one would expect on a boat built for cruising, an abundance of storage drawers, bins, and hanging lockers are found throughout, and there’s a galley designed to put a smile on the face of the most demanding cook.
Visit any boat show, and you’re bound to find a line at the Tartan display. Tim Jackett and the designers who preceded him have produced a fleet of boats that have attracted a large and loyal following. The 4000 breaks new ground from a design standpoint, but as far as being a rock-solid sailer and sweet-looking cruiser, well, it’ll fit right in with the rest of the family.
LOA 40’ 8” (12.4 m.)
LWL 36’ 5” (11.10 m.)
Beam 13’ 0” (3.97 m.)
Draft 7’ 0” (2.13 m.)
Sail Area (100%) 929 sq. ft. (86.3 sq. m.)
Ballast: fin 6,400 lb. (2,903 kg.)
beavertail 8,000 lb. (3,629 kg.)
centerboard 8,600 lb. (3901 kg.)
Displacement: fin 19,604 lb. (8,892 kg.)
beavertail 20,104 lb. (9,119 kg.)
centerboard 21,104 lb. (9,573 kg.)
Ballast/D (f/b/c) .33/.40/.41
D/L (f/b/c) 137/186/195
SA/D (f/b/c) 20.9/20.1/19.5
Water 100 gal. (379 l.)
Fuel 50 gal. (189 l.)
Mast Height 64’ 2” (19.56 m.)
Engine 55-hp. Volvo, saildrive
Designer Tim Jackett