Traditional Tartan Quality
Tartan is the only sailboat manufacturer that offers infused BPA epoxy hulls, decks and carbon masts and carbon pocket booms as standard, placing it the forefront of boat building technology.
The interior structural components keel timbers, mast step, chainplate attachment points, structural stringers and bulkheads are bonded in place with fiberglass reinforcement and BPA epoxy resin. This Tartan construction technique provides greater strength in these critical structural elements. Tartan construction offers our owners the safest hulls in the industry.
All thru-hull fittings are installed in solid laminate (no core) preventing water migration into the laminate. Careful attention to detail is taken when installing all fittings to ensure laminate integrity, moisture resistance and safe operation. We use only 90 degree throw flush Marelon thru-hull fittings that are UL and ABS approved and corrosion-free, providing years of safe and trouble-free operation.
Our hull-to-deck joint is a 40-year time-tested structure consisting of an inward flange in the hull incorporating a 6061, T6 hardened aluminum backing bar. The resulting joint is bonded with 3M's sturdy 5200 adhesive sealant. This Tartan construction technique provides our owners the most secure hull-to-deck joint in the industry and also allows serviceability from outside the boat. The finest hardware and components from leading marine suppliers are mounted to the deck through solid laminate with stainless fasteners that are drilled and tapped into laminated-in-place aluminum backing plates. All hatches and ports are likewise installed through solid laminate. In areas where hardware is not affixed, select sealed coring is used to create stiffer, lighter deck structure. The resulting weight savings in our Tartan decks provides a lower center of gravity with increased stability and an easier motion at sea.