The best days for a boat test are those when you wish you'd stayed in bed. Your head hurts, the weather's atrocious, and everything goes downhill from there. Unless a boat can stand up to terrible days, the really great days will be out of our reach. I'm rarely so lucky as to have rotten days for a boat test. Usually, the sea is benign and the sky is so blue you'd think the builder had the Big Guy on speed dial. And that just about describes the powder-puff scene last September, when I stepped aboard hull number two of the new Tartan 4400 series for what was supposed to be a leisurely three-day sail from Rhode Island to Manhattan. A 10-knot northwesterly ushered us out of Narragansett Bay; with the Tartan's asymmetric cruising spinnaker flying and the apparent wind at about 120 degrees, the slippery-hulled sloop was sailing herself at just over 7 knots. The helm was about as perfectly balanced as it gets. As Tartan's Jim Egensperger and I jibed the boat around Point Judith, the wind petered out, we motored west, and I wished for something-anything-that might give our 12-ton Tartan a run for her money. Thirty-six hours later, with 35 knots howling in the rigging, the rain driving through gaps in our foul-weather gear, and even the Department of Homeland Security bent on thwarting our passage, I got my wish and much more. By the time we squeezed into our berth on the Hudson River, the gale was blowing full stink, and I had no doubts whatsoever: We'd put the Tartan 4400 to the test, and she'd handled it with aplomb. Something Different The folks at Tartan spared no expense with their début into the field of deck-saloon boats. The biggest advantage that the 4400 has over others in this class is an epoxy-resin and ATC Core-Cell hull that's vacuum-bagged and oven-baked, a process that produces stronger hulls that are better resistant to cyclical fatigue, water absorption, and the fiberglass print-through that plagues some polyester hulls. The resin-impregnation process ensures a consistent 65:35 glass-to-resin ratio, considerably stronger than the resin-rich polyester hulls built of traditional hand-layup techniques. Though costly for the builder, the process brings long-term value to the owner. "The Tartan 4400 scores huge points for its epoxy hull, advanced construction, fine performance, and overall good looks. By the time we squeezed into our slip, tied up, and ducked out of the wind-driven rain into the comfort of the cabin, the Tartan 4400 had me hooked. We'd sailed headlong into the maelstrom of Murphy's Law, and still we'd come up smiling. Now isn't that what cruising is all about?"
Number of single berths: 5
Number of double berths: 2
Number of cabins: 2
Number of heads: 2
Number of bathrooms: 2
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Manufacturer Provided Description
Other builders offer raised salon and pilothouse cruisers, but the Tartan 4400 comes with two things you won't find elsewhere: Luxurious Tartan styling, and unmatched Tartan performance. Whether your cruising plans call for weekend or weeks-long cruising, or for living aboard for the season or forever, the Tartan 4400 will indulge you with an abundance of comfort and convenience. We start with furniture-grade solid cherry joinerwork, satin-varnished to perfection, then add your choice of designer fabrics all set off with lighting we've designed that adjusts to suit your mood, whether at work or play. Additionally, the two staterooms have a surfeit of clothes drawers and hanging locker space, shelves in the right places, room to dress, and space in which to enjoy a quiet moment. The Tartan 4400 interior is a gem, but because Tartan owners enjoy owning a yacht that is not only beautifully appointed but sails right by other cruisers, we've incorporated our trademark mix of passagemaking speed and reassuring stability into the 4400. The 5-foot 6-inch, draft 9,000-pound Beavertail bulb keel gives the 4400 sail-carrying power and stability. A deep, elliptical-shaped balanced spade rudder means instant response and tight maneuvering ability. And the 4400's double-spreader masthead sailplan is as powerful as it is easy to handle, with all sail controls led to the security of the cockpit.
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