The Tartan 3800 is a sensible cruising boat. Other builders may strive for
styling that ranges from atavistic to modern, but this design, simply, does the
important things well. It is comfortable to work or relax aboard, the
construction is conservative, and the boat's profile will please the eye as much
in 10 years as it does today. The list of standard features is long, the list of
options short, keeping the final price within the same orbit as the base price.
The base price of the standard model is $169,000; the boat that we tested cost
about $190,000, which included dealer options such as Harken furling, B&G
electronics, a dodger and North sails. Other options include refrigeration,
spinnaker gear and secondary winches. Standard equipment includes the teak
interior, Corian counters and shore power. As of September, with eight 3800s
built, a dealer said that a typical sail-away price was about $195,000. The
company can build this boat in eight to 10 weeks.