Tanton 36′ PRESS RELEASE – by Yves-Marie Tanton, 1997
A traditional Maine activity and a very active one at that is the business of completing various builder’s fiberglass hulls over the winter by scores of “Finishers and Installers”. I am very much involved in the custom boat design business, therefore, that approach is of interest to me. The foray into custom finished yacht construction, starting from a bare lobster boat hull, has been in the making for some time at Tanton’s. The combination of design and construction is a strong temptation.
I would rather not re-invent the wheel, so a new hull designed by Spencer Lincoln and produced by Downeast Boats & Composites attracted me immensely and brought smiles to my face. As a designer, I have a good eye and hopefully good taste. The size was right, the shape excellent, the components well built, all pointing to a proven product to build on. I knew I could contribute positively to what was already there. Very important is that the customer was sold on the idea from day one.
Maine has some of the best builders in the world. They are good, busy, not inexpensive, and the numerous trips made out there were a little too much. It became obvious that my own backyard is the place to complete the boat if we want a boat! Builder Newport Yacht Joinery is “wood” talented and Rhode Island is “water” oriented. All is here to build or finish quality yachts. Conveniently located between New York and Boston, I believe it to be the right spot for this sort of project where the customer’s input is necessary and appreciated in order to achieve the result expected by all.
Let’s go to the Tanton 36′ Express Cruiser, the first version built and available in the series.
What I like about her hull and size is proven versatility. The various designed model configurations that I can offer without absurdities are proof of the chameleon quality of a good design in the first place. All credit goes to Spencer Lincoln, who has designed a superior, very adaptable “build-down” lobster boat hull.
In a build-down boat the midship wine glass section is run through the tuck and into the keel. Such model has less wetted surface, can have the engine located lower into the hull, and have more buoyancy to carry weight aft. The long keel protects the propeller and rudder, a must for the demanding task of what is after all an offshore working vessel. The round bilge hull is slippery in the middle, and fine forward with a shallow forefoot for a lobster boat and straight flat buttocks aft. This boat has been “designed”, and it shows. Every line addresses specifically the problem at hand. I like that very much, and my enthusiasm for her bottom shape must be obvious.
The fiberglass construction runs the full spectrum of choices with this medium. Strength is not the Issue, but weight is. For instance, a cored boat with scantlings pushed to the maximum will be 1,500 lbs. lighter than the solid glass version. A balsa-cored vessel will be 1,000 lbs. lighter, and a hybrid with solid glass hull below waterline and cored topsides will shave 500 lbs. Performance and gravity go hand in hand.
The exclusive Tanton designed models cover Express and Flybridge Cruiser with the possibility of a second double cabin forward, Sport Fisherman, and Picnic Boat.
Review the Specifications and Options above. I welcome inquiries, comments, and…orders!
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