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Tartan 4000 #21 - 10/20/2015 - Progress Update

posted Oct 21, 2015, 6:01 AM by Tartan-Owners Southern California   [ updated Oct 21, 2015, 6:13 AM ]
The attached pictures were taken today at the Tartan factory. The deck and hull were mated and fastened to each other. The fit was almost perfect. You can see a lot of the interior and exterior finishes now in place. Unfortunately, the engine and sail drive were delayed but should be in and installed by the end of this week. Starting to look like a real boat. 

The hull will be a metallic blue with clear coat. Color is PPG Aristo Blue. Completion date is still around the beginning of December, so hope to be sailing around the first of the year. Hope to be able to have combination TOSCA round-up and boat christening party in late January. 

 I was back at the factory on October 12 for the day and had the opportunity to walk through the boat with the deck dangling from a hoist about 5 feet above the hull, so got an good idea of how it would look when mated. Tim Jackett spent the better part of the day going through everything with me and showing me through various departments where pieces of the boat were being assembled. He also drove me to the airport so had a chance to discuss what went into his design concepts. Really great guy, and most helpful in answering every question I threw at him. 

The last decision to be made concerns the bottom paint. Petit or Interlux or ??? any suggestions or thoughts/comments are greatly appreciated. I understand you can spend a fortune on bottom paint and am interested to know what the tradeoffs are for someone who intends to both race and cruise the boat. 

Good sailing
Gary Schaffe
Tartan 400-21 Odyssey