Receta is a 1981 Tartan 42, designed by Sparkman & Stephens and built in Ohio. She’s hull #14 of the 34 boats of this design that were built between 1980 and 1984.
The Tartan 42 was developed from the Tartan 41 hull of the mid-’70s, an early IOR racing design. She is a fast, fabulous sailor: a cutter-rigged sloop (with a removable inner forestay). But truth be told, we usually fly only our high-cut, roller-furling 110% genoa. It and our 305-square-foot main (most frequently with 2 deep reefs tucked in) give us a great sailing combination. (I=54 ft. J=16.75 ft. P=47 ft. E=13ft.)
Receta has a Scheel keel, which gives her a 5-foot draft. To our eyes, she has beautiful, classic lines; she looks to us the way a sailing yacht should.
She has an aft cabin and an aft cockpit.
Displacement: 23,000 lbs. Steve says this is only before I go shopping.
Beam: 12 feet, 3 inches – but she carries this for only a few feet. The rest of her is much much narrower, with a transom that’s only about 30 inches wide. (She’s too narrow for davits, so our dinghy, Snack, travels upside down on our foredeck.)
Waterline: 31 feet. Her ample tumblehome provides extra length when we’re heeled.
Engine: Yanmar 56 (4JH3E); repowered in 2004
Fuel: She carries 50 US gallons of fuel – the tank is under the port settee – plus 18 additional gallons in jerry jugs on deck.
Water: Receta currently carries about 75 gallons of water in two separate tanks: a main 50-gal tank under the salon’s starboard settee, and a 25-gal tank in the forepeak. (She had two additional water tanks when we bought her. The second forepeak tank was replaced by a holding tank; and Steve converted a smaller tank aft to much-needed storage.) We carry an additional 18 gallons of water in jugs on deck. We don’t have a watermaker….yet. Steve is still figuring out the best configuration for squeezing one into Receta.