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  • Cruising Destinations V1

    Tartan Yachts @ Tue Jun 30 09:48:00 2009

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    If you are planning to visit by boat, there are several places to moor or dock in Newport harbor. Located on Sayers wharf near the Mooring restaurant, Oldport Marine offers 17 transient moorings. These moorings are first come first serve, and availability is best mid-week and before noon during the high season which runs from May until October. There is a launch service available in-season. Moorings for boats less than 50 feet cost $45.00 per night. Upon entering Newport harbor, call Oldport Launch on VHF channel 68.

    If you are looking to dock your boat, Goat Island Marina- located across from the Tartan C& C Rhode Island office, is a great location which offers a wide array of services. Marina amenities include security, a ten minute shuttle into downtown Newport, satellite TV, laundry facilities, showers, 30, 50, and 100 amp electric hookups, and pump-out facilities. Rates on a transient basis are $4.50 per foot per night May 15th- October 31st. There are six to 12 slips reserved for transients. For holiday or event weekend stays it is advised to reserve a slip up to a month in advance, otherwise a week to ten days in advance is sufficient. Call Goat Island Marina at 401-849-5655 for more information.

    There is much to see and do in Newport with food, entertainment, and shops minutes from the harbor. Take a water taxi from Oldport Marine to the Museum of Yachting which features a summer 2009 exhibit showcasing Newport’s role in the rich history of the America’s Cup. Visit Onne van der Wal photography located on Banisters Wharf to purchase prints or one of kind nautical photographs. Re-Sails, located on Thames Street, sells creative yachting apparel and bags made out of used sails. A twenty minute walk from downtown, Easton’s beach (locals call it First Beach) is great for families and boasts a 1950’s carousel, beautiful views, and deals on twin lobster rolls. Steps from the beach you can take a stroll down the Cliff Walk or tour one of Newport’s Bellevue Avenue mansions, open daily 10am to 5pm.

    Each year Newport plays host to music and ship festivals as well as tennis tournaments. Drop anchor near Fort Adams and enjoy the folk and jazz festivals free of admission from the comfort of your boat. The 2009 Folk Festival is the weekend of August 1tst-2 nd and the 55th annual Newport Jazz Festival runs from August 7th-9th. The 26th annual Black Ships Festival, the weekend of July 16th-19th celebrates the efforts of Commodore Mathew C. Perry, USN, of Newport who negotiated the first trade agreement between the United States and Japan. Newport is home to some of North America’s only grass tennis courts at the Tennis Hall of Fame which will host the 2009 Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships from July 6th-12th. Tickets and information are available at the Newport Visitor Information center located at the Gateway Center on America’s Cup Avenue.

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    Newport is famous for fresh seafood and quality restaurants. For authentic and affordable fish and chips, fried clams, chowder, “stuffies” and kid’s fare head just past Easton’s beach to Flo’s clam shack (check-out Flo’s upstairs which offers fresh baked fish and lighter fare). Look for the truck or stand with a lemon on the side to cool off with one of Rhode Island’s local treats- a frozen Del’s lemonade (you can find one on Thames Street or Easton’s beach, weather permitting). Enjoy breakfast or lunch in the midst of a shipyard at Belle’s café located on Washington Street, a short walk from Goat Island Marina. For a romantic and delicious meal, venture down Thames Street to Pronto restaurant which offers seafood and Mediterranean cuisine; try dishes like classic paella and linguini with clams. To sample some freshly made gelato in creative flavors which vary daily visit Cold Fusion Gelato on Thames Street. Enjoy drinks and live entertainment at the Blues café on Thames Street (check the entertainment schedule online athttp://www.newportblues.com/).

    While in Newport make sure to come visit us at the Tartan C&C Newport office located on Goat Island across from the Goat Island Marina. We would love to discuss your new or brokerage boat needs. Ask about new boats or great trade-ins like our 1988 Tartan 40. Contact broker Dave Markell at (401) 743-4454 or via e-mail at dmarkell@tartan-ccyachts.com for more information about Tartan C&C yachts in Rhode Island.


    Amenities:

    Below is a list of amenities within walking distance from the harbor.

    Newport Pedi- Cab (bike drawn cab service) – 401-432-5498
    Wash, dry, and fold- Micki’s mat- 272 Bellevue Ave
    Bellevue Wine and Spirits- 181 Bellevue Ave
    CVS- 181 Bellevue Ave
    Stop and Shop- 250 Bellevue Ave
    Scooters (bike and moped rental) – 476 Thames street
    Wavelengths Salon and Spa- 11 Memorial Blvd # 11 (401) 849-4427
    Check out our Newport destinations map


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  • Boat Improvements 101

    Tartan Yachts @ Tue Jun 23 08:31:00 2009

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    Art Averell, the aftermarket parts manager at Tartan C&C, and Andy Drumm from Tartan C&C’s home office, have a couple of tips for updating and maintaining your boat to keep her in bristol condition.

    Art reminds owners that it is important to give maintenance priority to the hull, bottom paint and anodes. A coat of wax and a thorough inspection of the mast and standing and running rigging are a must. He advises when checking your standing rigging to make sure to wear gloves and watch out for meat hooks and small wires while you look for rust and check turn buckles. A Tartan owner shared that replacing the o-rings on the deck fills could keep water from contaminating fuel.

    Andy suggests replacing running rigging and updating deck hardware to make a boat fresher. To avoid the costly burden of replacing all of your halyards at once, Andy recommends replacing one halyard a year to keep your rigging looking good. Being an attentive boat owner can add value and safety to your Tartan or C&C for years to come.

    “I’m on my third Tartan, all used- each one was well kept- all I did was walk through it and make an offer. I could just tell the owner took care of it,” Art said.

    To keep your boat aesthetically pleasing Art advises the addition of stainless steel portlights. New ports are an inexpensive and unobtrusive way to update an older model boat.

    Peter Kreyling, Tartan 37 owner and Commodore of the Chesapeke Bay Tartan Sailing Club (CBTSC) offers some helpful information about portlight installation. He concluded that many Tartan owners choose to install New Found Metal stainless steel ports or Manship or Bomar Hood Series ports which are similar in design. He installed the Bomar Passage Series, H6553, on his own boat which he bought through Averell at www.Tartanparts.com.

    Kreyling wrote, “I checked out a newer Tartan and was impressed with the look and quality [of the portlights], so I placed an order with Art at Tartanparts.com. Art is a JOY to deal with, responsive and prompt. After completing the installation, I’m also very pleased with the design.”

    In addition to general upkeep and portlight replacement, Art suggests adding something custom-made to your boat. He recently received an order for a cherry bookshelf which was crafted at the Tartan mill. Tartan parts regularly assists owners in all levels of innovative renovations, so let your imagination run wild. According to Art Tartan can custom-make out of wood almost any request and is capable of re-producing patterns which don’t exist anymore.

    Art said that the best way to stay up on the latest trends and tips is to communicate with other Tartan owners. Networks such as Tartan Owners of the Northeast (TONE), the Chesapeake Bay Tartan Sailing Club (CBTSC) (www.cbtsc.com/cbtsc2000.htm), Tartan Owners of Southern California (TOSCA)(http://www.gotosca.org), and Lake Erie Tartan Sailors (LETS), among others, are a great way to stay connected with other owners and share information. Visit www.tartanownersweb.org for details about TONE and upcoming rendezvous. Art also advocates picking up copies of Good Old Boat, Boat Works, and DIY Boat Owner for up-to-date information about parts and maintenance in the boat world.

    Art advises receiving a courtesy boat check by the Coast Guard Auxiliary to make sure your boat is in safe and optimal condition. Visithttp://nws.cgaux.org/visitors/ve_visitor/index.html for information about the Coast Guard orhttp://www.safetyseal.net/ for more information about vessel safety checks and for a list of 15 reasons why your boat might not pass a safety inspection.

    Contact your local Tartan C&C yacht broker for a boat inspection or for personalized suggestions about ways to increase the value of your Tartan or C&C. If you are considering selling your boat within the next couple of years, a Tartan C&C yacht broker is the best person to contact about gauging the value of your vessel. Tartan C&C yacht brokers know the customer and the product better than anyone else.

    For all your Tartan parts needs visit www.tartanparts.com or e-mail your inquiry to parts@tartanparts.com. You will also find an extensive array of apparel and accessories there which make great gifts. Browse items such as half-hull models, Tartan nameplates, hats, flags, and Tartan travel mugs and shot glasses.

    A healthy boat makes a happy boat owner. Safe sailing!


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  • Time to get out and live the Tartan C&C life.

    Tartan Yachts @ Mon Jun 8 08:16:00 2009

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    On Lake Erie: Right now, at the Tartan C&C building facility in Fairport Harbor, OH, Tartan 5300 hull number two is enjoying final detailing. It’s a great time to take an in-depth look at this magnificent yacht and visit the shop floor. This FL-bound 5300 showcases Tartan’s ability to customize our boats to meet an owner’s exact needs.

    Also, Lake Erie Tartan Sailors will rendezvous July 17-19 at the Huron Boat Basin in Huron, OH. To arrange a visit to the plant or for details on the rendezvous contact eaisail@aol.com.

    Off Southern California: June 12-14 Tartan Owners of Southern California (TOSCA) will rendezvous over the Father’s Day weekend on Catalina Island at Two Harbors. We can’t imagine a nicer way to celebrate dad than to spend three days in the company of his favorite boats. For details e-mail: sandiego@tartanccyachts.com or visit www.gotosca.org.

    On Chesapeake Bay: June 20-21 the Chesapeake Bay Tartan Sailing Club (CBTSC) will sponsor the third annual Tartan Championship Regatta hosted by the Tilghman-On-Chesapeake Yacht Club. Last year a fleet of 14 Tartans raced a course off Tilghman Island and enjoyed a buffet dinner afterwards. Contact CBTSC at www.cbtsc.com/cbtsc2000.htm for your chance to see what’s planned this year.

    In the Pacific Northwest: June 26-28 C&C owners will rendezvous at Bremerton Marina in Bremerton, WA. Organized by the Pacific North West C&C Owners the event is sponsored by our local dealer, Marine Service Center. For details e-mail jeff@marinesc.com

    In New England: July 24-26 Tartan Owners of Northeast (TONE) will host a rendezvous in pretty Bristol, Rhode Island harbor at the Herreshoff Museum. Among the activities planned will be talks by Halsey Herreshoff and by world renowned marine photographer Onne Van Der Wal. For details visit www.tartanownersweb.org.

    In Chicago: August 22 Columbia Yacht Club of Chicago will host the 13th Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta and C&C 110s are lining up to once again to race as a One Design Fleet! With 22 C&C 110s on Lake Michigan and 13 in the Chicago area, the potential for fun and exciting competition is certainly there. C&C 110s have a web presence at www.sailingnetworks.com/groups/manage/526

    This is also a great opportunity to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In 2007, through family, friends, and crew donations, sponsorships, and a silent auction, $275,000 was raised for the society. This year will follow the same format, a one race, one day regatta with parties on both Friday and Saturday evenings. For details e-mail Paul Uhl at paulcu@comcast.net or visit www.leukemiacup.org/il

    In Ontario: June 27 & 28 C&C owners will gather at the National Yacht Club in Toronto for the C&C Regatta. This event is a biggie, so plan ahead for the two days of racing, cruising and the general mayhem that occurs when lots of C&C owners gather. For details visit www.thenyc.com and click on events.

    In British Columbia: August 7 – 9 at Silva Bay Resort, Gabriola Island for the 17th Annual C&C Rendezvous. A fun filled weekend with all things C&C! Sponsored by Yacht Sales West, this event has grown to be the largest C&C rendezvous on the West Coast. Weekend kicks off with a Yacht Sales West hosted dock party. Contact debbie@yachtsaleswest.com for registration.

    In British Columbia: August 21 – 22 at Ganges Marina, Salt Spring Island join in the 2nd Annual Tartan Rendezvous. Join fellow Tartan owners for a fun filled weekend at one of the premier locations in the Gulf Islands. Bring your appetizers to the delaer-sponsored dock party. Saturday will bring a host of shoreside and dockside events. For more information and reservation, contact debbie@yachtsaleswest.com.


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  • Time to get out and live the Tartan C&C life

    Tartan Yachts @ Fri May 29 08:15:00 2009

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    On Lake Erie: Right now, at the Tartan C&C building facility in Fairport Harbor, OH, Tartan 5300 hull number two is enjoying final detailing. It’s a great time to take an in-depth look at this magnificent yacht and visit the shop floor. This FL-bound 5300 showcases Tartan’s ability to customize our boats to meet an owner’s exact needs.

    Also, Lake Erie Tartan Sailors will rendezvous July 17-19 at the Huron Boat Basin in Huron, OH. To arrange a visit to the plant or for details on the rendezvous contact eaisail@aol.com.

    Off Southern California: June 12-14 Tartan Owners of Southern California (TOSCA) will rendezvous over the Father’s Day weekend on Catalina Island at Two Harbors. We can’t imagine a nicer way to celebrate dad than to spend three days in the company of his favorite boats. For details e-mail: sandiego@tartanccyachts.com or visit www.gotosca.org.

    On Chesapeake Bay: June 20-21 the Chesapeake Bay Tartan Sailing Club (CBTSC) will sponsor the third annual Tartan Championship Regatta hosted by the Tilghman-On-Chesapeake Yacht Club. Last year a fleet of 14 Tartans raced a course off Tilghman Island and enjoyed a buffet dinner afterwards. Contact CBTSC at www.cbtsc.com/cbtsc2000.htm for your chance to see what’s planned this year.

    In the Pacific Northwest: June 26-28 C&C owners will rendezvous at Bremerton Marina in Bremerton, WA. Organized by the Pacific North West C&C Owners the event is sponsored by our local dealer, Marine Service Center. For details e-mail jeff@marinesc.com

    In New England: July 24-26 Tartan Owners of Northeast (TONE) will host a rendezvous in pretty Bristol, Rhode Island harbor at the Herreshoff Museum. Among the activities planned will be talks by Halsey Herreshoff and by world renowned marine photographer Onne Van Der Wal. For details visit www.tartanownersweb.org.

    In Chicago: August 22 Columbia Yacht Club of Chicago will host the 13th Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta and C&C 110s are lining up to once again to race as a One Design Fleet! With 22 C&C 110s on Lake Michigan and 13 in the Chicago area, the potential for fun and exciting competition is certainly there. C&C 110s have a web presence at www.sailingnetworks.com/groups/manage/526

    This is also a great opportunity to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In 2007, through family, friends, and crew donations, sponsorships, and a silent auction, $275,000 was raised for the society. This year will follow the same format, a one race, one day regatta with parties on both Friday and Saturday evenings. For details e-mail Paul Uhl at pauleu@comcast.net or visit www.leukemiacup.org/il

    In Ontario: June 27 & 28 C&C owners will gather at the National Yacht Club in Toronto for the C&C Regatta. This event is a biggie, so plan ahead for the two days of racing, cruising and the general mayhem that occurs when lots of C&C owners gather. For details visit www.thenyc.com and click on events.


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  • Tartan 5300 Hull #2

    Tartan Yachts @ Fri May 15 08:16:00 2009

    After a long search that included having plans drawn for a custom yacht, Frank’s perfect boat, a Tartan 5300, is inches away from the huge door of the Fairport Harbor shop from which she’ll exit bound for the Boucek’s homeport of Naples, FL. She has been under construction for eight months, more than the usual time allotted a 5300, because this one has one heck of a lot of custom features.

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    Much has been done to accommodate the family’s scuba habit. The aft head has been fitted with a compressor to refill tanks, an overhead hatch to conveniently lower them into the boat, massive insulation of the compartment for compressor noise abatement and a place to hang the wet suits and the dinghy motor that will power them off to their dive sites.

    Of course, if you’ve made provision to refill the scuba tanks, you’d best be able to re-fuel the outboard. Accordingly, Frank had Tartan Yachts design and build a gas station in the port lazarette. It comes with a station-style nozzle and hose, and for safety’s sake, the whole compartment is structurally independent of the rest of the boat.

    Then there were the ground tackle requirements (major,) the communications requirements (mind boggling,) the entertainment electronics (there are three flat screen tvs on board,) and one very serious security system with motion detectors and gps locating equipment. There is high definition radar and sonar, a cell phone router and sat phone, and flir (forward-looking infra-red) nightvision (why not?) Did we mention the washer-dryer and the pair of matching recliners? This may just be the best Man Cave afloat.

    And yet, with all of that, it’s the boat itself that fires Frank’s passion. “It’s a boat you can love very easily,” he explains. Frank Boucek “in 53 feet, it does everything much larger boats do. The lines are very appealing and eye-catching. Every year I go to Miami and St. Pete [Boat Shows] and I have yet to see a boat so dramatic and crisp. The design specs- Tim Jackett nailed them to a ‘t’- hull number one sails really, really well.”

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    Prior to committing to the Tartan, he had looked at Asian-built boats and found them “too heavy.” The custom catamaran he had drawn “to get the performance and cruising amenities was too costly.” And the European builders seemed reluctant to do much custom work. “So I looked at monohulls here and at twice the price, they were not as usable.”

    Frank discovered the Tartan 5300 in the pages of a magazine. Now on seeing his own boat in the shop, the heart doc may have need of his own services: “it was breathtaking and one of the most exciting and joyous days of my life.” The 5300 is, upon two days’ inspection and Frank’s independent surveyor’s determination “absolutely perfect.”

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    There is so much to admire. Extra, custom dorade vents in gleaming stainless. Beefy hawsers fitted into the caprail. A stern anchoring system with below deck windlass to handle an 80 lb Manson anchor. He complimented the team that engineered the boat, “Rick Lannoch and Chris Shainoff are great assets. Rick understands what you want and within 72 hours he would translate my thoughts into a beautiful drawing. I feel lucky to have found this boat.”

    And Tartan C&C feels lucky to have been given the opportunity to build this special yacht for a very thoughtful owner.

    Coming Soon Part Two: Sailing the Tartan 5300


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