The Tartan Fantail has a large fractional rig, which should make it fun to sail in light air, and the 1,200 pounds of lead in the keel bulb promises comfort when the breeze picks up.
The Fantail, from Tartan Yachts, is a classy 26-footer designed by Tim Jackett and built at the Tartan factory in Painesville, Ohio. It’s available in three configurations: the DS (for Daysailer; it’s priced at $81,620), the WE (for Weekender), and the ST (for Sail Trainer). All three share the same hull form, but the models evolve from there according to intended use. The DS has minimal accommodations below, while the WE features more headroom and overnight amenities. The ST has the same interior as the DS, but the exterior does away with the teak trim and self-tacking jib to make it more suitable for sailing-school use.
At nearly 9 feet long, the cockpit on each model is perfect for taking friends out for a sail or for naps at anchor. Sitting dockside in the cockpit of the DS, I noted both comfortable seats and good visibility forward. Easy boathandling is emphasized in the design, which includes a self-tacking roller-furling jib and sail controls that are led aft to the cockpit. An aluminum mast and pocket boom with an integral mainsail cover and lazy jacks are options on the WE and DS, or you could go for the carbon setup. One of my favorite features of the Fantail is that a Torqeedo Cruise 2.0 electric motor comes standard, continuing a trend that I’ve noticed on an increasing number of smaller sailboats.
|The Daysailer interior (pictured) is pretty and comfortable as is, or you can choose the Weekender, which has a different deck mold that offers more head room, an alcohol stove, a sink with freshwater tankage, and a head with holding tank.|
The Fantail has a large fractional rig, which should make it fun to sail in light air, and the 1,200 pounds of lead in the keel bulb promises comfort when the breeze picks up. An asymmetric spinnaker is also available, and when set on the carbon-fiber bowsprit should provide good times sailing off the wind.
The DS interior is basic, with sitting headroom, a 12-volt Igloo cooler, a portable head, a radio/CD player, a double V-berth, and adequate stowage for daysailing gear. If you’re looking to stay aboard for overnights, the WE offers a simple galley, with an alcohol cooktop and sink, and a marine head with a holding tank.
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