Noxage is an innovative Tanton 43 split-rig yacht designed by the re-known naval architect, Yves Marie Tanton. With its wishbone booms, and unstayed, carbon fiber masts, this design is light but steady, and without the rigging, the yacht is narrower and faster and points well to windward. Moreover, with booms on both main and mizzen, changing tacks is simply turning the wheel!
Built with carbon fiber, the masts are incredible space-age strong but flex easily at the top. Thus, in a hard blow, they spill the excess wind and provide a more comfortable ride. Best of all, the Tanton 43 is simply rigged and can be handled easily by two people. With blue-water sailing in mind, Yves Marie Tanton designed a well-balanced vessel with solid glass and resin construction below the waterline and generous use of teak throughout. The bulwark adds stiffness at the gunwales and safety on deck, while the teak coaming and gracious rounded stern provide an elegant aesthetic touch to the yacht’s over-all appearance.
Specifically, “Noxage”, although built in 1982, was renovated totally in 2006 and included new installations of every system: propulsion, electrical, navigation, plumbing was completed. With coastal cruising specifically in mind, berths were widened, the area of the main salon was increased, reverse AC/ heating was installed, a bow-thruster was added and of course, all surfaces, inside and out, were restored, Awlgrip on the exterior, stripping and re-varnishing the teak interior. All existing fittings on deck were removed, inspected and re-bedded. This project took 2 years at an estimated cost of $215,000.
A superb design for fast and comfortable cruising, quality initial construction, meticulously restoration by professionals, (the owner himself owned a marina), and attentive annual maintenance, Noxage is ready to go for Spring 2017.
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There is a forward stateroom with large v-berth, hanging locker and plenty of stowage. The main salon features an L-shaped convertible dinette to port, single settee/extension berth to starboard and outboard pilot berths on each side. Aft to starboard is the galley followed by the nav station and a quarterberth. Aft to port is a head with access from the main salon and owner's stateroom. It is equipped with a marine toilet, vanity and wash basin plus separate stall shower. The master stateroom with double berth is to port of the companionway and features a hanging locker, row of drawers and outboard lockers. The interior is finished in teak and teak veneer, white vinyl overhead and teak & holly cabin sole. The boat is well ventilated by seven overhead hatches, six opening ports and two vents.
I began sailing 45 years ago with an 11 foot Penguin, a cat-rigged dinghy designed by Phillip Rhodes in 1939. Although I once owned a older Tartan 34, the simplicity of the unstayed rig has always appealed to me for its great advantage of convenience, comfort and safety so I have also owned a Nonsuch 30 and a Freedom 32 as well as a 40’ catboat which I restored.
The greatest disadvantage of these rigs, historically, has been their lack of speed going to windward. Well aware of this, Yves- Marie Tanton, who is well-known professionally within the world of yacht designers, designed the split rig Tanton 43. With its exceptionally strong carbon fiber masts and wishbone booms, these yachts have a good turn of speed on all points of sailing, and I have gone in excess of seven knots to windward. The Tanton 43 is a very stable and steady boat and it never heeled so far that it buried its rail.
Of course, no yacht optimizes every characteristic. I wouldn’t expect Noxage to out-perform a contemporary racer, but as a cruising yacht she sails wonderfully and moves along even in light airs.
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