Very funny a Tartan 4000 being chosen as PERFORMANCE cruiser
of the Year
It is funny because a Jeanneau 409 THAT IS NOT A PERFORMANCE CRUISER
would easily smoke the Tartan 4000, I mean in its standard version. In its performance version (that does not make it a performance cruiser, only a fast cruiser) the Jeanneau would turn circles around the PERFORMANCE Tartan 400
Some ratios between the two boats:
SA/D (the bigger the faster) - Tartan 4000 - 19.6....... Jeanneau 409 - 20.79 or 24.79.
D/L ratio(the smaller the faster) - Tartan 4000 - 181.5.......Jeanneau 409 - 120.8
And it is not only the Jeanneau 409, if I posted the numbers from the Dufour 405 (another cruiser) they would be very similar to the ones from Jeanneau. I guess that even the new Benetau Oceanis 41 is faster than the Tartan.
Only in what regards B/D the Tartan 400 has a slightly higher ratio, 0.326 to 0,303 but the Tartan keel is much wider and have less proportion of the ballast on the bulb.
Note that I am not saying that the Tartan 4000 is a bad boat neither I am saying that it is better or worse than the Jeanneau, only saying IT IS NOT A PERFORMANCE CRUISER.
If that boat is a performance cruiser what do you call to real performance cruisers like the Salona 41, The XP 38 or the Grand Soleil 39?
The Tartan 4000 is a luxury cruiser and should be compared with boats like the XC 42, the Halberg Rassy 372 (that was on the contest), boats that cost aproximatedly the same price and that are not maximized to performance while cruisers.