Tartan 4700: As You Like It
Loaded with options, the Tartan 4700 can be configured to have all the comforts you’d need to call it home.
Tartan Yachts has long had a knack for wrapping fine-sailing, bluewater-capable hulls around creature-friendly, wood-filled interiors that I’d describe as being at the same time elegant and homey. Its latest, the Tartan 4700, which was introduced last winter in Miami, is a sailboat that I wish I could simply call “home.”
The Tartan 4700’s design stems from the builder’s willingness to embrace a host of options and a customer’s wish for something in between the other two big boats in the Tartan range, the 4300 and 5300. Like its slightly smaller sibling, the 4700 — designed by Tim Jackett and the company’s design team — has an aft cockpit deck layout, and like its big sister, a raised cabin house with oversize ports that create a roomy and bright interior with panoramic views of the great outdoors.
|Tight sheeting angles and clear side decks are made possible by chainplates set against the cabin top. Click here for a full photo gallery of the Tartan 4700.
And like all recent members of the Tartan family, the 4700 sports what the company calls its Cruise Control Rig, comprising a carbon-fiber mast, twin headsails (the working jib and reacher are set up solent style) and a sail- handling-friendly carbon pocket boom. With the self-tending, hydraulically furled jib rolled out and the main set, the Edson rack-and-pinion steering was butter smooth as we sliced to windward through a mild chop on Biscayne Bay. The speedo hovered in the 7-knot range in breeze that wavered between 12 and 17 knots true.
With a simple turn of the wheel, we tacked through slightly less than 90 degrees and then held our speed as we bore off to a beam reach. Seated, I found the raised cabin top limited my visibility straight ahead, but perched on the leeward rail, I had good sight lines of the sails and our surroundings. With the breeze building, we decided it prudent to leave the light-air, off-wind reacher furled for another day.
Wide side decks and stays anchored next to the cabin top allow for both tight sheeting angles and easy movement forward. Underfoot, the boat felt solid as a rock, thanks no doubt to the lead fin keel and 9,750 pounds of ballast below.
In the cockpit, a chartplotter pod sits atop the oversize helm station that also houses headsail furling controls, a bow thruster joystick, a compass, engine instruments, and electrical switches for things like navigation and cockpit lighting. Forward of the helm, a fold-down teak cockpit table opens up for dining. Cockpit coamings are high enough to provide good back support, and the benches are long enough for stretching out for a nap. The teak sole I found to be easy on the eyes and sure underfoot.