Originally Posted by tcpip95
I am not sure of the direction I'm going to be heading in the future regarding the type of boat I'll settle upon (I'm pretty methodical in my approach), and have been looking at sail catamarans, power catamarans, trawlers, monohull sailboats, and power LRCs. The plan is to begin living on it full time in 3-4 years. I'm 60 today, and "may" have a another person on the boat who is 65 today (the "may" part is another story. I will be there..... She may not be).
Within each category, I've got a short list - except for the monohull sailboats. Here I'm struggling with all the choices in designs (cutter vs. sloop
, vs. ketch
One of the boats that keeps drawing my brain back to is this Tartan 4400. I really like the lines and looks of this boat.
Is this a boat that a single
person can sail, or is it a two-man boat?
Is this something that would provide enough space for 2 people to live on for ~ 5 years or so, sailing FL coastal, Bahamas
, Eastern Caribbean
down to ABC?
I've searched the forum for info on Tartan 4400 and found some, but have other questions, with lots more questions to follow.
I realize this post is dated, but I just stumbled on it. We bought a 4400 this year with the intent ultimately to use it as a liveaboard
as you contemplate. We've only been sailing her for a few months on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay
, but so far we are very pleased. She sails
we'll and with all of the winches powered, it could definitely be done single-handed, though as with any boat this size, the extra hands definitely help.
space is amazing and very comfortable. I love the layout of the galley
and the saloon
. Tremendous storage
-- you wouldn't even have to sacrifice the aft cabin
. Plenty of room for two people and temporarily 4. Even enough room to escape from one another if things get testy.
Anyway, that's my endorsement of your thoughts. Happy to answer specific questions if you have them.
One other thing to consider is that some/all of these boats were built at a bad time for Tartan and if you get a boat that should have a hull
warranty, I would not count on it. The current
owners bought the company out of bankruptcy and explicitly did not take on warranty liability. That said, the boats are well built (all epoxy) and not likely to have significant issues. Also, Tartan has been very supportive in our interaction with them and the new owners very much seem to care about the positive image of the brand.