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Fresh 2008 Tartan 3400 – Brokerage for Sale

This low hour, meticulously maintained 2008 Tartan 3400 is available for sale now.  Located in our brokerage moorage at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes.  Recent April 2017 survey available to view onboard.  Volvo Saildrive with 560 hours!  Very clean and shows like new.   Call Mike to see – 425-998-8731 (text/call) or email mike@PacificCruisingYachts.com.

Debut of Dragonfly 32 “Fafnir”

Our first delivery of a Dragonfly 32 occurred August 2, 2016.  We unloaded soon-to-be-named “Fafnir” from her U.S. Boat Haulers transport trailer and gently settled her onto a cradle in the service yard where she would be prepped for launching.

The trip from Fredericia, Denmark started July 8 with a truck loading her at the factory and transporting her to Hamburg where she was loaded onto the ocean vessel “Thalatta” on July 9, departing for Baltimore.  On July 21 she arrived at Port of Baltimore, was off-loaded late day Friday, July 22 onto the waiting transport trailer.   Chris Holmes, owner/operator of U.S. Boat Haulers, LLC handled the tie down and headed west the next morning, arriving in Anacortes 5 days later.

Annapolis Sailboat Show – 2015

We spent Friday through Sunday last weekend at the Annapolis Sailboat Show.  This was my first time – what a mind-blower.  No questioning the claim that this is the largest floating boat show in the world.  Mike has of course been before.  Always a special place to be.

Mike split his time between serving show attendees at the Tartan Yachts float, and joining me and our friend Martin in touring the vast array of sailboats present.  At Tartan we had a 4000, a 101 and a Fantail on display.

On Friday a wall of thunderheads rolled over the boat show just after it closed, clearing out our Tartan Boat Owners meeting.  We all scattered for the various pubs.  Mike, Martin and I settled for a beer at the Dock Street tavern, followed by a couple rounds of oysters over at The Boat Yard Bar & Grill over in Eastport.

Saturday was especially fun, with Mike meeting up with a number of old marine industry business bodies from years past.  I crawled in and out of some mega-yachts, just to see how that class lives.  I was surprised to find that big doesn’t always mean better.  You need to choose your brand for quality at any scale.

Here are some highlight photos:

Mike on 4300
Mike on the Tartan 4300
Tartan 4300 Bow Detail
Tartan 4300 Bow Detail
Tartan 4300 Salon
Tartan 4300 Salon

4300 Salon 2

4300 V Berth
4300 V-Berth
Tartan 4300 Quarter Berth
Tartan 4300 Quarter Berth
Tartan 101 Looking Sprightly at the Boat Show
Tartan 101 Looking Sprightly at the Boat Show
Abundant space in the cockpit and on deck of the 101 for the whole crew
Abundant space in the cockpit and on deck of the 101 for the whole crew
101 Interior has ample room for comfortable weekend cruising
101 Interior has ample room for comfortable weekend cruising
101 with Tartan quality design & construction
101 with Tartan quality design & construction

A Visit to the Tartan Yachts Factory

By Phyllis Woolwine

A few weeks ago we visited the Tartan Yachts factory in Ohio.  This was my first visit.  Mike has been there before.  What an eye-opener!  I knew Tartans were special.  This was a real education on how deep that specialness goes.

On our first day, Mike and I just hung around the factory, watching the build process on several boats:  a Tartan 4000, a Tartan 101, a shiny new Fantail ready for delivery, a Legacy 32, a Legacy 42, and the deck mold being constructed for the Legacy 36.

Our second day was a lot of meetings with Tartan leadership and factory reps from other parts of the country.  The upshot of the new factory rep program is that it brings the customer much closer to the factory, and cuts out dealership overhead, making these top quality boats more affordable for more people.  Mike is the Tartan factory rep for the Northwest Region, which includes the western US from northern California northward, as well as western Canada and Alaska.

The second day also included a complete factory tour led by Tim Jacket, legendary designer of Tartan and C&C sailboats since the mid-80s.  I learned things like why the infusion process makes such a durable hull, and why the Tartan method for infusion is exceptional both for their technique and the superior resin that they use.  (Result: higher glass ratio, less shrink, longer lasting and more stable bond.)

On day three Mike & I got to spend time rooting around more closely inside some of the boats in production, and discuss process and details with the specialists on task.

Here are some photos from our trip:

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Factory Floor: Legacy 42 in foreground; Legacy 32 in background.
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Tartan 101 built to order, and getting its interior finishing touches.
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Brand new shiny Fantail, ready for delivery.
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Carbon fiber mast getting fitted with final hardware for the Fantail.
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Tartans can be ordered with carbon fiber or aluminum masts. In both materials, the masthead crane is molded integrally with the full mast – it is all one piece.
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Carbon fiber masts are “baked” to perfection under pressure in a specially built autoclave.
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Freshly infused 4000 hull – still in mold – has it’s backbone lowered in.
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Lamination engineer Rodney personally hand glasses in the structural backbone to the Tartan 4000.
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Tartan 4000 hull and backbone ready to come out of mold. Each boat is personalized according to the preferences of the owner who orders it.
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Building a deck mold for the new Legacy 36
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A Legacy 32 is having interior work and mechanical & electrical installations, while fitting the deck to the hull.
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Interior work
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Fine tuning the hull-deck joint on the Legacy 32
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Interior component, ready to install
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A Legacy 42 receives attention from an expert joinery craftsman
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Tim Jacket explains the lamination process that produces the strong and beautifully curved interior pieces.
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Interior cabinetry is constructed from solid cherry. No veneers here.
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Tim Jacket and the Tartan Rep Team
Tartan 4300 at rest in Back Creek, MD
Dreaming…