Every detail of design and construction on Tartan 395 is scrutinized to deliver uncommon cruising performance. Her hull shape is an evolution of tried and true concepts proven to deliver great stability and high interior volume while maintaining comforting manners throughout a wide range of sailing conditions. The hull and deck laminates, multi-axial layouts of uni-directional e-glass fibers that sandwich closed cell structural foam coring (hull) and time-tested balsa coring (deck), are infused with modified epoxy resin. This process delivers a void-free laminate, with the optimal glass fiber to resin ratio resulting in a very stiff, strong, and lightweight hull/deck structure. Tartan’s dedication to industry-leading laminating materials and processes allows design flexibility and the ability to focus strength where it is needed while saving weight where sensible to enhance performance.
On deck Tartan 395 sports hallmark Tartan design elements such as a traditional, stylish cabin house fitted with attractive and highly functional polished stainless steel rectangular portholes. Natural ventilation and light are expected on every Tartan and 395 lives up to her heritage with 12 house-side portholes, 2 cockpit portholes, 7 deck hatches, and 2 Dorades. The cockpit is the social and sailing center of any sailboat and 395’s is large yet secure. With twin wheels set wide, sight lines under sail and power are unobstructed and clear. This arrangement also provides a clean center walkway to her hinge-down transom platform. All sail controls are lead aft through rope clutches to cabintop winches and the cockpit headsail trimming winches are within reach of each helm position. With the self-tacking jib sheet and mainsheet double ended and led to the cockpit winches single and shorthanded sailing are a snap. Tartan works with the best and most trusted suppliers of deck hardware in the world to ensure correct sizing and installation, a further testament to Tartan’s commitment to delivering on the promise of the best sailing and best equipped sailboats in the business.
Nearly every Tartan built since 2006 has been delivered with Tartan’s CCR sail plan (Cruise Control Rig). While other builders have tried to catch up and offer sail plans with self-tacking jibs, they unfortunately have not made the commitment to the higher-tech building processes that make this sail plan work effectively in all conditions. In fact, many of these boats are accepting inferior performance because they put similar rigs on boats that don’t have the stability to support the larger sail plan necessary to deliver great light-air performance while standing up to upper end and extreme conditions. Lead keels with a high ballast-to-displacement ratio and low center of gravity, enhanced by weight saved through better lamination materials and processes, coupled with a lofty carbon-fiber mast are the difference makers for Tartan 395 and the CCR rig throughout the line. The 395 carbon-fiber mast is half the weight of the more common aluminum masts fit on other cruising sailboats her size. The result is greater stability and a more refined fore and aft motion. Imagine the benefit of having the equivalent of five 200 pounders sitting on the weather rail when you need them but not onboard when you don’t. The savings on provisioning alone proves carbon-fiber’s value. In addition to increased sail-carrying ability, less weight aloft also means less fore and aft pitching moment which equals better motion in a seaway and increased transfer of the sail plan’s horsepower to driving the boat forward. Simply put, Tartan 395 will perform better than other cruising sailboats because she is built with better materials and practices allowing for a larger sail plan and more power driving the boat under sail.
At Tartan we understand that draft is an incredibly important issue and that one keel choice cannot fill every owner’s needs. Tartan 395 has been designed from the outset with three keel configurations: the standard Beavertail is a fixed keel that results in a 5’ 0” draft, a deep fin for those without draft restrictions results in 7’ 0” draft, and for those with very shallow draft requirements the keel/centerboard configuration results in a minimum 4’ 3”. All keels are cast lead with a bulb at the bottom, for lowest center of gravity and most stability possible for the chosen design.
Throughout its existence Tartan Yachts has been known for superior interior joinery and overall craftsmanship working with select North American hardwoods. Once again 395 follows Tartan philosophy but this time with a twist. Like her smaller sister 345, 395’s handcrafted interior is built in maple as standard, with cherry a no-charge option. The lighter maple opens up her interior in ways the darker cherry simply cannot. It’s a transcendent change in Tartan expectation as light and airy accurately describes the maple interior. Regardless of wood choice, the solid wood cabinet faces fitted with solid, raised-panel doors, another Tartan interior standard, and the attention to careful joiner work is not found on other production boats of any size. Protecting the semi-custom interior is satin conversion varnish that is not only a beautiful, clear, natural finish but is also highly solvent and UV resistant, providing years of low-maintenance opulence.