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New Tartan 4000 has a Lot to Like

The newest offering from this American builder turned in a hot ride on an early spring New England day.

March 25, 2011

Tartan 4000

The new Tartan 4000, just launched in early March, sits at the dock, ready to sail. Mark Pillsbury

On a very spring-like March morning, I met Tim Jackett on the dock at McMichaels, in Mamaroneck, N.Y., to have a look at the newly launched Tartan 4000. Tim is Tartan’s chief designer, chief operating office, and the guy responsible for a whole string of very well respected cruising sailboats and slippery racer/cruisers sold under the C&C brand.

There’s a lot of the traditional Tartan to found on this latest Jackett design: rich woodwork throughout the interior, careful attention to joinery, beefy deck hardware, double forestay Cruise Control Rig that includes a carbon spar, swept-back spreaders and carbon pocket boom.

There are a few surprises as well. Let’s start with the twin wheels mounted on carbon-fiber pedestals that let Jackett expand the width of the cockpit without widening the hull where it meets the water. The result is a boat that still tracks well under sail and a cockpit made for lounging while doing so. It also allows for a walk-through transom to make life easier when boarding, either from the dinghy or dock. As with a couple of earlier Tartans, the transom looks solid, but has a fold-down door that doubles as a swim platform when you need it to.

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In a breeze that hovered in the low teens, the 4000 pushed through a light chop with authority, and the versatile sail plan—self-tending jib on the inner forestay, big screecher on the outer—gave us plenty of tools to keep our boat speed up.

You’ll find a complete review of the new 4000 in Cruising World later this year, but a for a sneak preview of a few of the details that contribute to it being a lovely boat to sail, check out the photo gallery I brought back with me.

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