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2009 Tartan 4300

Deltaville, Virginia


Over several decades of yacht sales, having been aboard thousands of yachts, and after hundreds of yachts sold by this point, the Tartan 4300 has become one of Erin’s and my favorite boats in this size and quality range.  It is truly a joy to sail and a true class leader.  Tim Jackett and his team at Tartan Yachts really just got so much right here.   In the mid-40’ range, this is a fast and powerful yacht.  Classic lines mixed with modern tech and amazingly thoughtful features make this boat a joy to sail on protected waters or crossing an ocean.    Some background on this particular boat and her travels.  Erin and I found ENDORPHIN on Lake Erie in Port Clinton, OH two years ago.  She had been a daysailer for the first owner since new.  With only 255 hours on the engine, with packing materials still in the oven and microwave, this first owner had actually never even slept aboard.  It was a lucky find for us and worth picking up the boat half a country away.  Erin and I brought the boat through Lake Erie, the Erie Canal to Albany and down the Chesapeake in the Fall of 2019 (engine hours 255 to 407 hours for this trip).  She has been in Deltaville since then with very light use, only another 40 hours since arriving on the Chesapeake.   She’s truly a magnificent yacht with amazing amenities above an below decks.

  • Navy blue hull/off white decks
  • Incredibly low use since new that shows inside and out
  • Upgraded 75HP Volvo D2-75 Diesel engine with 447 hours (as of 11/21) w/2020 sail drive boot replacement
  • Well equipped for extended cruising with many recent updates
  • All new B&G full electronics suite (Fall 2021)
  • Tartan’s all-carbon (CCR) Cruise Control Rig for easy sailing
  • Two-zone heating and AC systems
  • 6kW Mastervolt diesel genset, 25 hours
  • Twin Grunert refrigerator compressors
  • Electric primary winches and electric halyard winch
  • New dodger/bimini (2020)
  • New (7) battery 700AH bank
  • Luxury cherry varnished interior


Essex Boat Works is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Crusader Yacht Sales.

Basic Boat Info

Make: Tartan
Model: 4300
Year: 2009
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Designer: Tim Jackett
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: 00000
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Bulb Keel
Range: 460.31 mi


Length: 43'1 ft / 13.13 m
Length Overall: 43 ft / 13.11 m
Waterline Length: 37'10 ft / 11.53 m
Beam: 13'6 ft / 4.11 m
Range: 1'2 ft / 460.31 m
Max Draft: 5'9 ft / 1.75 m
Displacement: 23,800 lb
Bridge Clearance: 64 ft / 19.51 m
Cabin Headroom: 6'6 ft / 1.98 m
Dry Weight: 23,800 lb
Ballast: 8,875 lb
Electrical Circuit: 12 V
Single Berths: 1
Double Berths: 3
Cabins Count: 3

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Volvo
  • Model: D2-75
  • Drive Type: SailDrive
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 55hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze, Folding, Feathering
  • Year: 2009
  • Engine Hours: 447
  • Engine Location: Center
Cruising Speed: 7.5 kn
Propeller RPM: 2500
Maximum Speed: 9 kn
Displacement Type: Dry Load


Fuel Tanks: 2
Fuel Tank Capacity: 55 gal
Fuel Tank Material: Aluminum
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 100 gal
Water Tank Material: Aluminum
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 24 gal
Holding Tank Material: Plastic


Heads Count: 2
Drive Type: Sail
Windlass Type: Electric
Boat Class: Racers and Cruisers, Cruisers
More Info : Manufacturer Website


On the surface, the 4300 has all the design elements of classic American yacht design. Graceful sheerline, balanced overhangs, complimentary low coach roof, sweeping cockpit coamings and thoughtful convenience details on deck all give the 4300 a very classic profile. However, built within these stylish good looks are elements that take full advantage of Tartan's advanced construction practices providing excellent performance that is realized with minimum effort. A long and lean hull is fit with a choice of low center of gravity keels designed for great stability and sail carrying ability, and a carbon mast and "Pocket Boom" that are extremely stiff and strong. Tartan's overall commitment to advancing the art of yacht construction allows for an opulent interior while still maintaining impressive performance numbers. Her weight control results in a center of gravity that is lower than most cruising boats, improving performance and handling characteristics, even when loaded for extended passages. A modern classic in the making, the Tartan 4300 promises to be a head turner in any harbor.


The hull design of the 4300 continues the Tartan trend of long waterline, slippery entry forward, full and flat aft quarters and carefully sculpted balanced volume to produce a yacht that is easily driven and powerful for maximum performance. Her long waterline length relative to over-all length provides a high theoretical hull speed and the full aft sections allow the 4300 to surf and extend her sailing and motoring length to provide fast and exhilarating passage making.

By maintaining balanced volume in the hull, the 4300 heals predictably and evenly, unlike many extreme designs that develop bad manners under difficult conditions. Through optimized hull design the 4300 will extend your daily range, expanding the possibilities for weekend cruising and offering long daily passages offshore. Safety and comfort aboard require a thoughtfully designed deck and cockpit and as with past Tartans, the 4300 will excel in this area.  

Wide and uncluttered sidedecks and a deep and secure cockpit are essential elements of the 4300. Additionally, the Tartan 4300 deck offers an abundance of ventilation through (14) opening port lights (every port on the boat opens in fact), (6) deck hatches and (4) dorade vents.   A convenient walk through transom with platform provides access for swimming or for stern boarding from a dinghy. The 4300 is fit with the best hardware from the best suppliers in the industry to assure that lines run free and easy. Trimmed with just the right amount of exterior teak, the 4300 is classic looking yet very modern yacht capable of going anywhere on the planet you might wish to go.


  • NPG Isophthalic gelcoat (an extremely hearty weather-resistant color-fast gel coating system)

  • Modified epoxy vinylester resin used throughout laminate for superior bonding and strength (highly blister resistant compared to older polyester resin compounds)

  • Engineered multi-axial E-Glass fiber reinforcements, locally reinforced in high-load areas

  • CNC computer cut closed-cell synthetic foam coring (creates an immensely stiff but lighter than normal hull, provides insulation, and is quieter through the water)

  • Laminated in “one shot” resin infusion process eliminating secondary bonding of structural materials (meaning "vacuum-bagged" for us normal folks)

  • All hull penetrations made through solid E-Glass laminate “core windows” (sold core hull everywhere you would penetrate it for boat gear)

  • Interior surfaces painted out for aesthetics

  • Internal structural grid designed to carry rig and keel loads, bonded and glass-taped into hull (minimizes hull flex and 'creaking' that you hear on so many other yachts)

  • UL and ABS approved, corrosion free Marelon flush through hull fittings

  • Built to meet ABS Plan Certification


  • NPG Isophthalic gelcoat

  • Modified epoxy vinylester resin used throughout laminate for superior bonding

  • Engineered multi-axial E-Glass fiber reinforcements, locally reinforced in high-load areas

  • CNC computer cut sealed end-grain balsa coring

  • Laminated in “one shot” resin infusion process eliminating secondary bonding of structural materials

  • All deck penetrations made through solid E-Glass laminate “core windows”

  • Interior surfaces painted out for aesthetics

  • Molded nonskid surface on working areas

  • 6061 T6 aluminum backing plates added at lamination for all loaded hardware

  • Inward-facing hull flange with integrally molded 6061 T6 aluminum bar forming a full length backing

    plate for hull to deck joint

  • Hull-to-deck joint fasteners, stainless steel and meet or exceed ABS standard for offshore use

  • Hull-to-deck joint bonded with 3M 5200 adhesive sealant 


  • Beavertail bulbed keel

  • Antimonial hardened lead keel castings

  • Template-ground for fit and maximum performance

  • Faired and epoxy coated

  • Keel is through bolted to hull with cast-in-place stainless steel bolts

  • Keel bolt quantity and size exceed ABS standard for offshore use 


  • Single-wheel system using cable-style radial steering

  • 48” stainless steel wheel with leather cover

  • Stainless steel pedestal guard

  • Single-lever engine control

  • 5” lighted binnacle compass with stainless steel hood

  • High density, closed cell urethane foam rudder blade with modified epoxy reinforced skins

  • Carbon-fiber rudder post autoclave-cured for high strength and low weight with stainless steel rudder bearing sleeves

  • Neoprene gaiter rudder post seal

  • Self-aligning roller rudder bearings

  • Emergency Tiller 


  • (2) Harken 50.2 STC Electric (self-tailing chrome) cockpit winches

  • (2) Harken 46.2 STC (self-tailing chrome) cabin top winches (one is Electric, starboard side)

  • (12) Spinlock rope clutches for aft-led sail controls

  • Harken self-tacking jib traveler with double-ended jib sheet led aft to cockpit winches

  • Harken aft lead control blocks

  • Harken turning blocks at base of mast for aft-led sail controls

  • Harken mainsheet and traveler systems led to cabin top winch

  • (3) Harken aluminum winch handles

  • Electric windlass with 45# galvanized plow anchor w/200' all-chain rode
  • Raw water anchor wash down system
  • 27” x 1 1/8” diameter stainless steel stanchions

  • 27” x 1 1/8” tube double stainless steel bow rail with navigation light

  • 27” x 1 1/8” tube double stainless steel split stern rail with navigation light

  • 1 x 19 double lifelines with port, starboard, and transom boarding gates

  • Custom stainless steel stem fitting with integral double bow roller

  • Custom stainless steel bow and midship mooring chocks

  • (6) stainless steel 10” mooring cleats

  • Custom stainless steel mast collar with multiple attachments for blocks

  • 2 1/2” x 1 7/8” Teak toe rails through bolted through deck and hull flange.

  • Teak taffrail

  • Companionway hatch sea hood with instrument pod

  • Match molded anchor locker lid with latch

  • Offshore ready, match molded, and gasketed cockpit seat hatches

  • Deck drains to waterline discharge, eliminates hull streaking

  • Teak cabin top handrails

  • Manual cockpit-mounted bilge pump

  • Walk through transom with hinge-down swim platform with a telescoping stainless steel swim ladder 


  • (7) stainless steel unlimited offshore CE approved deck hatches

  • (12) cabin side mounted stainless steel portholes with fly screens

  • (2) cockpit-mounted stainless steel portholes with fly screens

  • (4) polished chrome 4” cowl vents on teak-capped Dorade boxes with stainless steel guards

  • Lexan sliding companionway hatch with solid teak hatch boards and trim 


The Tartan 4300 has been designed with Tartan's "Cruise Control Rig", a super versatile system whose key features are a double spreader tapered carbon mast, self-tacking 100% jib, masthead 150% reacher and Tartan's carbon composite pocket boom. Her carbon rig is much lighter, stiffer and stronger than aluminum so the weight savings aloft provide the stability equivalent of (5) 200 lb crew members on the rail.  In short, you heal less due to the reduced moment arm of the rig aloft, the yacht remains more upright and is faster through the water with less air spilling out the top of the sails.  Upwind performance, between 30 and 75 degrees off the wind is incredible.  Don't be surprised to see 8.0-9.5 knots in some wind/sea conditions.

Aside from the benefits of the light but super strong carbon rig, upwind sailing is made easy by single sheet trimming for the jib.  In an enviable 'set it and forget it' mode, tacking is as easy as a turn of the wheel, the jib tends to itself and, with the traveler mounted on the coach roof, the main is free and clear from the cockpit. Offwind, roll up the self-tacker and unfurl the lightweight masthead reacher and the 4300 is canvassed for powerful reaching and downwind sailing. When its time to head for the harbor, the headsails are neatly rolled on the Harken furlers and the mainsail is conveniently dropped into the pocket boom and stowed with a zip of the sail cover, no sail ties needed, no muss or fuss. Simply stated, the Tartan 4300 makes performance cruising easy.

You may not find an easier yacht of this size or caliber that is so inviting of single handing when desired.  Electric primary winches and an electric cabin top winch allow you to handle the sails with a press of a button.  Caught with your pants down as the wind builds and too much headsail up?  Wrap the furling line around a winch and push a button.  Want to trim the big reacher in spirited conditions?  Just push a button...  You can winch handle your way through it, but this is LUXURY yachting.  Why would you?

  • Painted AMP Spars carbon-fiber mast with sheaves for (1) jib, (1) main, (1) reacher, and (1) spinnaker halyard

  • Tapered airfoil swept spreaders

  • 1x19 stainless steel wire rigging with forged turnbuckles

  • Custom stainless steel chainplate system ties to structural FRP grid and hull

  • Internal halyards

  • Harken furler for self-tacking jib

  • Mast to deck tie-rod to carry running rigging loads

  • Masthead anchor light

  • Steaming light with foredeck illuminator

  • Mast wiring conduit

  • Spartite mast sealing and chock system 

  • Painted AMP Spars carbon-fiber mast with sheaves for (1) jib, (1) main, (1) reacher, and (1) spinnaker halyard

  • Tapered airfoil swept spreaders

  • 1x19 stainless steel wire rigging with forged turnbuckles

  • Custom stainless steel chainplate system ties to structural FRP grid and hull

  • Internal halyards

  • Harken furler for self-tacking jib

  • Mast to deck tie-rod to carry running rigging loads

  • Masthead anchor light

  • Steaming light with foredeck illuminator

  • Mast wiring conduit

  • Spartite mast sealing and chock system 

  • Painted "Pocket Boom" style carbon-fiber boom with lazy jack system & sail cover

  • (2) single-line reefs led aft to cabin top winch

  • Internal 2:1 outhaul

  • Two-part boom topping lift

  • Rod vang with tackle led aft 




  • New Navy Blue Sunbrella Dodger/Bimini
  • North Norlam Full Batten Mainsail 
  • North Norlam 150% Reacher 
  • North Norlam Self Tacking
  • North Norlam 155% Genoa 
  • North Asymmetric A3 Spinnaker 
  • Mainsail Pocket Boom Cover (new 2021)
  • Full canvas winter cover
  • I : 57.58 ft
  • J : 17.50 ft
  • P : 54.00 ft
  • E : 18.17 ft
  • Working Sail Area : 994.00 sq ft



Brand new Fall 2021, all new electronics:

  • B&G Zeus3 at helm in nav pad
  • SIMRAD NAC-3 Autopilot
  • B&G Halo 20+ Radar on stern post in cockpit
  • B&G V60 Marine Radio 
  • B&G Triton Speed, Depth Wired Wind Pack transducers
  • B&G Triton  Digital Displays (3) at companionway
  • Forespar lightning master static dissipater
  • Navico forward scan transducer

When do you need horsepower?  Not when motoring on flat water!  It's always a big bonus when you buy a yacht that the original buyer put out the cash for an engine upgrade.  The extra horsepower is awesome when you're punching straight into choppy seas or when you're trying to get to that next bridge on the waterway or into port before dark.  Add the benefit of a larger engine not working as hard, not running as fast, and at a quieter RPM and you've got a winner on all fronts. Less stress means less maintenance means longer life for less money.

  • Factory upgraded 75HP D2-75 Volvo turbo diesel engine with sail drive and three-blade feathering MAXprop

  • 447.3 hours (as of 11/1/21)
  • Sail drive boot replaced (spring 2020)
  • 60-gallon primary fuel tank (under aft berth) capacity with remote gauge at helm

  • Second 60-gallon fuel tank under starboard settee (enhances range conservatively to almost 500 miles)
  • Fuel filter/water separator from RACOR

  • Lead-lined engine compartment insulation for quiet operation

  • Engine service access forward, sides, and aft for superior (and therefore less expensive) maintenance


The Tartan tradition of offering unmatched interior comfort is expanded in the Tartan 4300. Choose from layout plans with two or three cabins to meet your cruising family needs. Both feature a forward owners stateroom with a queen size double ?island? berth for easy access and extensive lockers and storage for extended time aboard. The forward head is accessed from this stateroom. The center of the boat has a large main cabin area with plush seating, entertainment locker and plenty of storage in varnished cherry cabinetry. The galley is fully equipped for preparing meals dockside or underway. A full forward facing nav station with electrical controls and nav locker to house a full array of navigation equipment rounds out the central living areas. Aft the 4300 can be fit with either a single cabin or split aft cabin providing private accommodations for 3 couples. Finish throughout is varnished cherry cabinetry and trim, and a varnished teak and holly sole, the 4300 surrounds her owner with opulent comfort.

  • 2-zone Heating & AC system
  • Structural fiberglass timbers bonded to hull to carry mast and keel loads

  • Structural bulkheads bonded to hull and deck

  • Cherry-faced bulkheads and risers

  • Cherry tongue-and-groove hull sides in forward cabin

  • Solid stock cherry trim throughout

  • Solid stock raised panel cherry cabinet doors throughout

  • Solid stock raised panel cherry passage doors in cherry door jambs

  • Polished chrome mortised door lock sets

  • Solid stock cherry cabinet faces throughout

  • Positive lock polished chrome cabinet hardware

  • Solid cherry face, dovetail joined, all wood drawers throughout

  • Cherry, drop leaf main cabin table with Tartan logo inlay and (2) drawers and center storage bin

  • Cherry-battened, easy maintenance overhead with strategically placed access panels

  • Varnished teak and holly cabin sole with teak banded access hatches

  • Molded storage bins under hatches in cabin sole

  • Varnished solid teak handrails placed for security in a seaway

  • Interior woodwork sprayed with satin finish two-part conversion varnish

  • Cream colored Ultra-Leather interior upholstery


  • Forward cabin with storage lockers, hanging locker, shelves, and drawers

  • Approximately 78” x 64” berth in forward cabin with quilted mattress, storage beneath

  • Furniture-grade main cabin settees and seats with contoured cushions

  • Cherry cabinets with ventilated raised panel doors in main cabin

  • 88” long sofa-style main cabin settees

  • Port main cabin settee converts to double berth

  • Large storage outboard of main cabin seat backs

  • Forward-facing navigation station with chart storage and drawers

  • Navigation station to port with adjustable nav chair and chart and laptop storage

  • Navigation cabinets with installation space for extensive electronics

  • Aft cabin with lockers, hanging locker, and shelves

  • Full width 78” x 60” double berth in aft cabin with quilted mattress, storage beneath

  • Divided sail and anchor locker forward

  • Cockpit seat locker to port; cockpit lazarette hatches port and starboard

  • LPG gas bottle storage in cockpit for two 11 lb. (5 kg) tanks 



Set up for self-sufficient cruising, ENDORPHIN is in a go-anywhere mode electrically.  New large battery bank a year ago, diesel genset, larger inverter/charger for minor electrical needs away from the dock when you don't really need the genset.

Sailing on a hot day, fire up the genset, crank up the AC systems, close up the boat and, by the time you anchor, it will be chilly down below at margarita time.

  • Batteries: (7) Odyssey Group 31 AGM batteries (new Spring 2020)

  • 6kW Mastervolt diesel generator, 25  hours, (new control panel, Spring 2020)
  • Mastervolt 2500w inverter/charger with control/monitor panel for detailed monitoring of power consumption and battery usage

  • Polished chrome and stainless steel interior lighting fixtures with LED lights

  • Automatic lights in hanging lockers, main cabin lockers, and refrigerator compartment

  • Service lighting in engine compartment and cockpit lockers

  • Directional reading lights at berths and main cabin settees

  • Directional spotlights in galley and over main cabin table

  • Recessed, dimmable spotlights in main, forward, and aft cabin 

  • Interior, cockpit, and swim platform courtesy lighting

  • (2) 30 AMP shore power services

  • 110 VAC digital metered distribution panel prepped to accept genset

  • 110 VAC shore power outlets in each cabin with GFI protection

  • 12 VDC & 110 VAC digital metered distribution panel

  • Battery selector switch

  • Electrical bonding system

  • Electric sump pump with automatic float switch for icebox and shower drains

  • Electric bilge pump with automatic float switch and manual override

  • High water bilge alarm

  • UL approved, stranded, tinned copper wiring

  • Wiring bundled in PVC conduit with room for future installations

  • All wiring chafe protected where it passes through internal structure

  • ABYC compliant color coded wiring throughout

  • USCG approved navigation lights on bow rail, stern rail, and mast 




Truly a chef's galley with separate compressors for fridge & freezer, ample counter space, a REAL dual bowl sink (that you don't have to contort to get a pot into), three access doors for the refrigeration space, multi-burner stove and oven, and LOTS of pantry and dish storage space.

  • 3-burner Force 10 gimbaled LPG stove with oven and broiler

  • LPG sniffer with automatic shut off

  • Cherry-faced cabinetry with raised panel access doors

  • Cherry-faced, dovetailed cutlery drawers

  • Molded 9” deep double sinks with premium marine grade galley faucet and manual foot pump with swivel spigot

  • Granicoat solid surface galley countertops

  • Storage under galley sink through ventilated raised panel cherry doors

  • 12 VDC refrigeration with (2) separate Grunert compressors and cold plate systems

  • Molded icebox with Granicoat solid surface countertop and 4” foam insulation with insulated top and side access. Insulated divider in box

  • Hot and cold pressure water with service access to pump and plumbing

  • Polyethylene tubing and Whale mechanical fittings for freshwater plumbing

  • All below waterline hose connections are double clamped with stainless steel hose clamps

  • Premium marine grade hoses used throughout

  • 120 gallons of freshwater tankage with distribution manifold

  • 10-gallon water heater, operates on 110 VAC or engine heat exchanger 



Two full heads w/separate showers. Day head at the base of the stairs, Another full head forward for the owner's cabin

  • (2) electric marine heads, each with 20-gallon holding tank

  • Deck pump out with vent, overboard discharge via macerator pumps

  • Low odor premium marine grade sanitation hoses

  • Separate stall showers with Plexiglass enclosures, molded seats, and molded shower lockers

  • Shower drains to separate sump box with automatic overboard discharge

  • Premium marine grade head faucet and shower mixer

  • Molded Granicoat solid surface countertop with integral sink

  • Utility storage under sink through raised panel cherry door

  • Solid cherry face upper vanity cabinet with storage


UPDATES 2020-2021


  • Replaced shaft hub


  • Replaced sail drive boot
  • Replaced head lines with non odor lines


  • Replaced control panel on generator


  • Replaced bilge pump


  • Replaced batteries with Odyssey Group 31 battery X 7
  • New dodger and bimini
  • New cockpit cushions
  • New sail cover from Tartan


  • Replaced bow thruster control


  • Rebuilt aft head pump


  • Hull bottom painted
  • New Zincs


  • Replaced forward macerator valve

6/30/21 replaced existing electronics package with:

  • B&G Zeus3 at helm in nav pad
  • SIMRAD NAC-3 Autopilot
  • B&G Halo 20+ Radar on sternpost
  • B&G V60 Marine Radio 
  • B&G Triton Speed, Depth Wired Wind Pack
  • B&G Triton  Digital Displays (3) at companionway
  • Forespar lightning master static dissipater
  • Navico forward scan transducer

Potential purchasers should assume that any items on the vessel at the time of viewing, but not specifically listed on this specification sheet, are not included with the sale of the yacht. These specifications are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed. Specifications are provided for information purposes. Data was obtained from sources believed reliable but is not guaranteed by owner or brokers. Engine hours are approximate, may be reported verbally by the seller, and are recorded at the time and date of the original listing of this vessel. Owner's use during the time of this listing may affect the total engine hours upon a prospective buyer's inspection. Buyer assumes responsibility to verify all speeds, consumptions, capacities and other measurements contained herein and otherwise provided, and agrees to instruct his/her agents or his/her surveyor to confirm such details prior to purchase. This vessel is subject to sale, price and inventory changes or withdrawal from market without notice.

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