2009 Best Boats Systems: Tartan 5300

Over the past several years, a slew of new systems technologies have been introduced to the marine marketplace. These have the potential to bring more change to both AC and DC systems on boats than we have seen at any time in the past three decades, but few of these technologies have found their way onto this year’s new-boat fleet. There were a few more LED lights than last year, especially
Author:
Publish date:
2009BBTartan

Over the past several years, a slew of new systems technologies have been introduced to the marine marketplace. These have the potential to bring more change to both AC and DC systems on boats than we have seen at any time in the past three decades, but few of these technologies have found their way onto this year’s new-boat fleet. There were a few more LED lights than last year, especially reading lights, including the elegant flexible-stem lights on the Beneteau First 45. There were Raymarine ST70 displays, which have the potential to use the new NMEA 2000 plug-n-play navigation bus, on the Jeanneaus, but no builder has taken full advantage of the NMEA 2000 approach. The Jeanneau and Beneteau boats have distribution panels in the navigation stations in which a single switch triggers a relay behind the panel that activates a cluster of hidden circuit breakers. This simplifies the user interface and represents a small step toward making use of the much more sophisticated distributed-power (multiplex) systems now available.

tartan_5300_interior

The systems we looked at covered a broad range from bare bones to highly sophisticated, with several of the latter designed for long-term liveaboard cruisers who expect a high standard of living. Almost all boatbuilders now do clean installations that comply with ABYC and ISO standards and that meet the intended boat use. And all of the larger boats had systems designed and installed to especially high standards. This made selecting a winner a tough choice. In the end, we chose the Tartan 5300 on the basis of its dedicated “systems room,” which makes all the core connections, circuitry, batteries, and equipment readily accessible to the user. Congratulations to Tartan for having the courage to steal the necessary volume from the accommodation space. For more information, visit Tartan

SPECS

LOA: 53 ft

LWL: 46.5 ft

Beam: 16.1 ft

Related

Before-and-after-1_silo

Know How: Cleaning Stainless

Without a doubt, the best way to “clean” stainless steel parts is to have them electropolished. Electropolishing is an electrochemical process that cleans the stainless and removes any surface iron particles, leaving a shiny and far more rust-resistant surface. The downsides of ...read more

catstory

Cruising: Sailing With a Young Family

The dark is alive when you are surrounded by water. Black is tinted blue and silver, and sky meets surf with electricity and the lapping sounds of silence. Inside our 36ft catamaran, moored off Cooper Island in the BVI, the raw nature outside, just now settling down from a late ...read more

IslandPacket349

Boat Review: Island Packet 349

After years of quiescence in the wake of the Great Recession, iconic Island Packet is back with its new 349, a re-boot of the old Estero that not only looks great, but takes the Island Packet style of sailing performance to a new level. Design & Construction First among the many ...read more

190219NEEL51

Video Tour: Neel 51 Trimaran

At this past fall’s Annapolis Boat Show, SAIL magazine had a chance to corner Neel Trimarans founder Eric Bruneel and have him give us a tour of the accommodations aboard the new Neel 51, winner of the “Multihull over 50ft” category in the 2019 Best Boats contest. For a complete ...read more

IMG_0173

Electronic “Flares” for Cruisers

The United States Coast Guard requires that all boats operating in coastal waters or on the high seas carry a selection of visual distress signals. Almost invariably, such signals include the pyrotechnic type, either handheld or fired from a flare pistol, but surely there are ...read more

M2-HOOK-TOP-AND-CHAIN-1

Gear: M2 Chain Hook from Mantus

Stay Hooked Chain hooks on anchor snubber lines tend to fall off when you least want them to. Not so this latest example from Mantus. The M2 Chain Hook is secured to the chain by a simple elastic strap, so it won’t come off when the snubber loosens. Made from corrosion-resistant ...read more