Boat of the Year 2022: Tartan 245 Preview

The Tartan 245 as shown with cassette rudder assembly, lifting keel and asymmetric spinnaker sprit well.

The Tartan 245 as shown with cassette rudder assembly, lifting keel and asymmetric spinnaker sprit well. (Courtesy Marine Manufacturing Group/)

Like most things in life, the new Tartan 245, was born of necessity—and the desire for something ideally suited for the purpose. And this is how yacht designer Tim Jackett, of the Marine Manufacturing Group in Painesville, Ohio, created the Tartan 245 with a customer who once owned a sailing school in Miami’s Biscayne Bay. This particular retired sailing instructor, who also owned a C&C 99, had experience with a wide variety of boats over the years, and naturally, had ideas of his own that would combine to make the ideal wind-powered vessel for harbors and bays. Jackett, as he’s known to do, took on the gentleman’s challenge and ran with it…

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