Saturday, April 23, 2011

Design 2302 - Tartan Ten

Here is the Tartan Ten. Developed in 1976, the T-10 was developed as a racing/cruising/daysailing boat that was not designed to any specific rule. She was designed as a boat with an enormous cockpit and minimal interior, yet still sleeps six.

A prototype was constructed by Handy Boats of Falmouth, Maine using wood-Epoxy construction methods. From this prototype a plug was made. The boat was extremely popular with over 400 boats being built. The boats remain popular with large racing fleets still active today, especially in the Mid-West.

The boats are constructed of solid skin fiberglass laminate, longitudinal stringers and with cored fiberglass decks. They are virtually "bullet proof".

Here are the plans.

More information can be found here on the T-Ten National Class website.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 33'-2"
LWL 27'-0"
Beam 9'-3"
Draft 5'-11"
Displacement 6,700 lbs
Ballast 3,340 lbs
Sail Area 486 sq ft


  1. In the 2010 Chicago-Mackinac Race the largest one design class was Tartan 10s, with 28 boats. After about 60 hours of racing for about 300 miles, the split between 1st and 2d was 9 seconds. The 3d place boat was about a minute and a half behind.

  2. Yes, a popular boat in Chicago. A wonderful boat below the water but, to my eye, with her high freeboard, straight stem, and broad transom, not very attractive above it.

    Fun to sail, though.


  3. In the 2017 Mac twenty eight seconds separated first, second and third place T10s.