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Seller's Description

Ive had this 1978 Tartan 30 for 7 years, having sailed her offshore from Fort Myers, Florida to the southern Chesapeake Bay, where it stayed for several years and then up to New York 3 years ago. I’ve decided to move on to dinghy sailing and am now selling her. I can deliver the boat on the East Coast between Maine and the Chesapeake. Asking price is $8,000 (negotiable)

A great boat for day sailing, coastal or offshore cruising, the Tartan 30 is a racer/cruiser designed by Olin Stephens of Sparkman and Stephens and robustly built by Tartan Marine. It features a Yanmar 2YM15 diesel engine with approximately 600 hours, a North 130 Genoa about 4 years old and a Main sail used only a few times.

Topsides were repainted with Interlux Perfection in 2017. The toerails and wood trim have some cracks and damage but does not affect the sailability of the boat.

The boat is currently on the hard in Mamaroneck, NY at my club and with launch available for May 3 and May 6. The buyer will need a place to take the boat to at the time of launching since I no longer have a mooring.

Equipment: Mechanicals: 15HP Yanmar 2YM15 Diesel Engine with 600 hours 10 gallon aluminum tank for Diesel fuel Bronze Michigan Wheel Sailor 2 prop Cutless bearing replaced Sep 2019 and alignment performed by the yard mechanic Stuffing box packing replaced Sep 2019

Sail Inventory: Main Sail made in Thailand in 2022 and used only a few times North Sail 130% Genoa in very good condition High cut 100% jib in fair condition Storm jib looks like it has never been used Storm main - unsure of the condition as Ive never used it Spinnaker - unsure of the condition as Ive never used it

Rigging: inch wire using sta-lok, which was replaced in the early 2000s. Ive inspected this, including at the mast head and it is in good condition with no broken strands Roller furling with a continuous line. New furling line in 2022 Barient 2-speed self tailing winches for genoa sheets, 2 winches at the mast ⅛ inch wire main halyard. inch dyneema genoa halyard installed in 2022

Anchor 2 Anchors - one Delta Plow and one Danforth Lewmar electric windlass, which works but am not currently using 15 feet of chain and 150 of ⅝ Nylon rode

Electronics 2 6V Trojan T-105 golf cart batteries, providing 225Ah, 6 years old but lightly used as the house bank 1 starting battery new in 2020 2 50 watt solar panels, which provide 20 Ah on a sunny day 30 Amp PWM solar charge controller with temperature adjusting and adjustable voltage settings. This would allow additional solar panels to be connected 300 watt inverter, used for a cabin light, fan and charging a laptop Garmin Depth Sounder - Garmin Striker 4 ICOM VHF with masthead antenna Navigation lights and steaming light. Currently no anchor light attached Attwood T800 bilge pump with float switch

Cabin This boat has the cabin configuration with the settee to port and the galley to starboard Foam cushions 2 burner propane stove with oven, propane tank is strapped to the stern pulpit

Plumbing 30 gallon fiberglass water tanks Salt water deck wash pump doubles as an electric fresh water pump for the galley Thetford port-a-potty with a Y-valve connected to a macerator and deck fitting, so you can either pump out or discharge at sea. These were installed in 2016 along with all new hoses and used during only one trip. There is no separate holding tank.



Sparkman & Stephens
Tartan Yachts
Tartan 30 Association (Chesapeake)
# Built


Length Overall
29 11 / 9.1 m
Waterline Length
24 2 / 7.4 m
10 0 / 3.1 m
4 11 / 1.5 m
8,750 lb / 3,969 kg
3,600 lb / 1,633 kg (Lead)

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
449′² / 41.7 m²
Total Sail Area
449′² / 41.7 m²
Sail Area
195′² / 18.2 m²
33 11 / 10.4 m
11 6 / 3.5 m
Air Draft
Sail Area
253′² / 23.6 m²
39 0 / 11.9 m
12 11 / 4 m
Forestay Length
41 1 / 12.5 m

Auxilary Power

Atomic 4
Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
7.1 kn
Classic: 6.6 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

7.1 knots
Classic formula: 6.6 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
16-20: good performance

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
>40: stiffer, more powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
200-275: moderate

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
20-30: coastal cruiser

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
<2.0: better suited for ocean passages

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising


S&S (#2016)
One of Tartans most successful models. Two hull and two interior configurations were available. The standard rig includes a fin keel with skeg hung rudder with draft as shown here.
The tall rig has an extra 3 feet of mast, 5.5’ of draft and an extra 500 pounds of lead.(Sometimes referred to as TARTAN 30C.)
The interiors came in a center galley and aft galley version. Standard power was the Atomic 4 while some came with a Faryman Diesel.
Thanks to ‘callmecrazy’ for supplying additional layout details.

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