Best Boats 2013: Tartan Fantail

By giving the Tartan Fantail a nearly plumb bow, an elegant sheer line and the dramatically raked transom that provides the boat with its name, long-time Tartan designer Tim Jackett was clearly looking to make an aesthetic statement. By giving the boat a fine entry, a tall rig, a deep fin keel, a retracting carbon bowsprit and a high-aspect spade rudder, it’s equally apparent he was looking to make a performance statement as well. I distinctly remember seeing the drawings for the Fantail back in 2011 and thinking: this is one boat I’ve got to sail.

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