Sailboat SJ

About the SJ

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Tartan 48

1973 Sparkman & Stephens Tartan 48, Hull No. 5

The Tartan 48 was Sparkman and Stephens design No. 2060 and built by Tartan Yachts in Grand River, OH. The Tartan 46 is a nearly identical design, but with a reverse transom, thus reducing the overall length by 18 inches. We believe eight Tartan 48s and six Tartan 46s were built, as we own 48 No. 5, while our friends own "Cape St James," which is 48 No. 7. There is another Tartan 48 "Emerald Blue," which is located in Malaysia and consistently competes in the Kings Cup Regatta in that region. A few 46s have come up for sale throughout the last decade but we have not kept track of where they are. There were a few variations of rig setup and interior, as our friends on Cape St James have a ketch rig (although the mizzen mast has been removed) and the interior has two heads and a single bunk aft cabin.

Tartan 48 Specifications

48.00 ft / 14.63 m
14.00 ft / 4.27 m
Cutter rig with a double spreader mast, mast head roller furling genoa, roller furling staysail, and triple reef main. All standing /running rigging replaced in 2022, complemented with new sails from Zoom.
Year Built
Originally equipped with a 36 hp Westerbeke, but replaced with a new Perkins Prima M50 in 1996. The engine only had 300 hours when we bought the boat in 2013!
The hull type is a fin-keel and a skeg-hung rudder. As was customary in the early 70s, the hull of our boat is made of thick 'glass reinforced plastic' known as GRP or what we commonly think of as fiberglass.