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ACCOMMODATIONS
The solid-plank teak cabin sole and solid-stock cherry locker doors and signature saloon table help lift Tartan's joinery to the top of the ranks of production builders. Both two- and three-cabin layouts offer a forward master cabin, midships saloon, portside galley, starboard-side nav station, and two large heads. As practical as cubbies, bins, and lockers may be, there's nothing quite like your own drawer if you're going to spend some time aboard a boat. The 4300 provides them in abundance.

UNDER SAIL
Sailing a new 4300 on a blustery day off Miami, I found the benefits of a carbon spar and lowered center of gravity were very evident. The boat stood up nicely to the 14-to-18-knot puffs. As advertised, the 4300 is a stiff sailer. She is also close-winded and during our test sailed at a 38- to 42-degree apparent-wind angle under blade jib and full main. I sensed power enough to deal with waves even bigger than the Biscayne Bay chop we were slicing through. Balance, sensitivity, and control were exceptional. The 4300 is every inch a pleasing and capable modern sailboat with numbers (sail area-displacement, 19.3; displacement-length, 195) that suggest a rewarding combination of speed and seakindliness.

UNDER POWER
With the rudder well separated from the saildrive, there isn't much prop wash to aid low-speed maneuvering. On the other hand, the 4300 backs down straight and steers easily in reverse. Her 55-horsepower diesel is acceptably smooth and quiet (but not exceptionally so). At 2,000 RPM we had little trouble maintaining 6 knots; full revs brought us just above 8. The diesel is located below the companionway stairs with superb all-round access.

VITAL STATISTICS
HEADROOM: Saloon 6'6", aft cabin 6'5", forward cabin 6'5" » BUNKS: Aft 7'4×5'3", forward 6'7"×5', Settee(s) starboard 7'5"×2'6", port (opens to a double) 7'5"×4'10", cockpit seats 6'×1'10"

SPECIFICATIONS
Price: $450,000 (sailaway FOB Fairport Harbor, OH) includes carbon-fiber rig, epoxy hull, main and jib, basic electronics, ground tackle Builder: Tartan Yachts, Fairport Harbor, OH; 440-357-7777, www.tartanyachts.com Designer: Tim Jackett
LOA: 43'1" LWL: 32'10" » Beam: 13'7"
Draft: (fin/beavertail/keel-centerboard) 8'3"/5'10"/4'10"
Displacement: 21,800/23,800/24,075 lbs
Ballast: 6,750/8,775/9,000 lbs
Sail Area: 994 sq ft (main and jib)
Power: 55-hp diesel
Tankage Fuel/Water/Waste: 60/120/40 gal
Electrical: (house) 2@8D batteries, 410-Ah total;
1×group 27 starting battery
Displacement-Length ratio: 195 (shoal)
Sail Area-Displacement ratio: 19.3
Ballast-Displacement ratio: 37%
Certification: CE Category A (Ocean)

OUR TAKE PROs:

  • Carbon and epoxy used to excellent advantage
  • True sailing ease with exceptional performance
  • Innovation and tradition balance nicely
  • Handsome appearance
CONs:
  • Forward cabin clearly superior to aft
  • Traveler large and unsightly
  • Exterior teak requires maintenance

    CONCLUSION:
    Crisp, salty, and well- proportioned, the 4300 is elegant and sinfully easy to sail. Tim Jackett has designed some good boats; the 4300 deserves to be celebrated as one of the best.

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