It’s no accident that the Tanton 44 New Sensation ranks at the top of the list as a seaworthy, practical, ready-for-adventure yacht. In listing, her current owners came up with an 4,600 word manual, complete with photographs, on recent work done and how, explicitly, to run and maintain most of the ship’s system. In the 14 years they owned the boat they replaced all the standing and running rigging, the sails, wiring and electronics for starters. Her original owner, Don Dodds, specified her construction with a plan to write a definitive cruising manual while cruising to the South Pacific and back.
Solidly built in the Ta Chiao Bros. yard in Taiwan, the Tanton is heavily built and remains structurally solid. The anodized rig is more than amply stayed and is on its second set of standing rigging. On deck the bulwarks and braces for the stanchions provide an immediate sense of security.
Ventilation is excellent throughout, with attention paid to air flow in and around lockers throughout. This is one of many “hidden” features that define New Sensation as a true cruiser. Another is the extra hull insulation.
Below decks, New Sensation features the impressive number of drawers and cabinets Taiwan built boats are known for, providing immediate access an enormous amount of storage. As with many “traditional” cruisers, proper storage has been made a priority.
Rigged as a cutter, the powerful sailplan is divided into manageable sections. The modest beam and fin keel/skeg rudder make this one of the original performance cruisers. At about 26,000 lbs designed displacement, the Tanton 44 has modest displacement, and a long waterline of 37.6’. The Tanton 44’s overall sailing characteristics set her apart from traditional full keel cruisers.
New Sensation will be remarkable in any anchorage. From a distance, her gorgeous black paint job attracts a lot of attention. And the closer one looks, the more she stands out.
LPU paint (new 2018)
Standing rigging (new 2007)
Ample tankage (139 gals. fuel, 141 water) for offshore sailing.
It’s clear at first glance that this boat would be practical at sea with handholds everywhere and surfaces to brace oneself while moving around the cabin. Storage was a priority in the design, with lockers and drawers scattered throughout the boat.
The teak cabinets and woodwork below are in excellent condition. Combined with the ample windows and white overhead, the interior is both warm and light. The royal blue ultrasuede cushions provide the color. There are lockers, drawers and innovative space usage throughout, from the garbage bin next to the companionway steps to the chart storage under the forward berth.
A minimum of 6’3” headroom extends to the forward cabin, and there’s 5’10” headroom in the head and 6’1” in the aft cabin.
Starting all the way forward, there is a large storage area forward of the forward double. This practical area can be used for bedding, duffels or larger pieces of equipment that need to be stored below decks.
The forward cabin features a double Pullman berth (6’5” long and 4’ wide) offset to port. Adjacent is an aft-facing seat with storage under. Two drawers for storing flat paper charts are built into the double berth, beneath which are additional drawers. A Garmin repeater instrument readout is mounted at eye level. The starboard side is lined with lockers, three drawers and a hanging locker. Two more large lockers are located over the berth to port.
A port side U-shaped dinette and opposite settee, upholstered in blue ultrasuede to create an open and inviting atmosphere in the main cabin. The long seat is more than 7’ long. The table surrounds the keel-stepped mast, and the table can be converted to a large double berth. Opposite is a 6’3” settee. Deep lockers are located to port and starboard.
The overall feel of the cabin is spacious for an offshore cruiser with abundant storage. Large main windows, opening ports and white headliner panels brighten the interior.
A standup navigation station is on the starboard side, providing a large, flat surface for spreading out paper charts and cruising guides. Enormous lockers are located below this area for storing gear and books or providing extra storage for the galley opposite. There are Wema water and Teleflex fuel gauges.
New Sensation’s galley is a highlight of the boat. Centerline double sinks should drain easily on either tack, the U-shape will allow the cook to brace themselves securely in the roughest seas. Ample storage for food, dishes and pots and pans. There are spice racks and ample space for food stores. The counter fiddles feature multiple hand grips. There are both fresh and sea-water foot pumps. The refrigerator is divided into 5 square foot and 3.75 square foot sections.
The Perkins diesel is located under the sink. The key here is the access, not only to the routine maintenance spots, but to the entire engine. As any cruiser can attest, engine access is key to many a successful cruise.
The fully enclosed head is located immediately to starboard of the companionway. This quick access is definitely a plus when at sea. There is a separate shower stall aft with a bench seat. This stall, equipped with a clothes rack, also serves as a wet locker while passagemaking. The current owner improved ventilation by adding an opening port and an additional mushroom vent. There is a holding tank and macerator. The boat was equipped with a waste treatment system, but that was decommissioned when Puget Sound was classified as a No Discharge Zone. This system could be easily recommissioned for other regions.
The fully enclosed aft cabin has three opening ports and an opening hatch for excellent ventilation. There’s a large athwartships double berth and a flip-up writing table. There are five drawers and a large hanging locker. The berth itself is 5’ wide by up to 6���10” long.
Webasto hydronic diesel cabin heater
Antarctic Stove by Dickinson, with fuel gravity fed from a forward day tank.
(4) large windows, replaced with Makrolon Polycarbonate 2013
2-burner Force 10 propane stove with oven and broiler – new 2007
Ultrasuede upholstery – new 2007
Interior Lighting – upgraded to LED and Alpenglow florescent
A combination of Furuno, Brooks and Gatehouse and Garmin electronics provide a solid digital foundation. All instruments are NEMA2000.
Furuno Navnet 3D 12" MFD system, mounted cabintop inside dodger or below decks
radar: Furuno, sensor DRS4D gimbaled on backstay
Brooks and Gatehouse wind instruments (new 2018)
Garmin wind instrument repeater readout in forward cabin – new 2019
Standard Horizon VHF – GX2150
AIS: Vesper Marine Watchmate transponder
Alpha autopilot model 3000 (not currently operational)
Ritchie binnacle compass
mast rewired w/tinned wire in new chases added by Port Townsend Rigging (2007) VHF cable new 2018
VHF/AIS antenna (new 2018)
Weems and Plath ship’s clock
Weems and Plath barometer
tricolor running lights and anchor light - LED new 2018
Kenwood KDC MP528 stereo
Optimum Speakers in main cabin
Sony Speakers in Cockpit
Perkins 4-108 diesel engine (approx. 3,500 hours)
injectors/Injector pump (rebuilt 2006)
exhaust and water lift muffler – (new 2014)
Racor primary fuel filter: Model 200 Series
sound attenuation updated
transmission – Heavy duty Hurth HBW 150
3-blade MaxProp feathering propeller
Raritan manual head w/ macerator and Y-valve. Rebuilt pump (2019)
custom stainless steel Sea Frost 12v DC refrigeration w/evaporator under cockpit
fuel – Total 139 gallons: Starboard tank 40 gals., Port tank 55 gals., Aft Starboard tank (kerosene for heater and emergency main engine) 44 gals.
water, all stainless steel – total 141 gallons: bow tank 26 gals., forward tank (under pullman berth) 40 gals., port aft tank: 75 gals.
holding tank -17 gallons
propane tank: fiberglass, 7.5 kg
Maxwell Windlass – Model RC8 with remote (2013)
(2) anchor rollers
primary anchor – 45 lb. Delta
washdown pump on foredeck
mooring cleats – (2) each: bow, midships and stern
(6) opening hatches
(4) Dorade vents
(2) fender lockers
spare anchor – Danforth
stern anchor - Danforth
mounts for life raft valise
Nicro Marine chimney
(4) Cockpit lockers
cockpit enclosure with window covers 2017
davits – Ocean Marine Systems
Groco sea cocks new 2007
The Tanton 44 has a powerful masthead rig, with sail area divided into manageable parts in a cutter configuration. The standing rigging was replaced in 2007 by Port Townsend Rigging
anodized 2-spreader mast with running backstays
Neil Pryde mainsail, jib and staysail (new 2006)
spinnaker with sock
small jib (converted to work with roller furling)
sail cover – (New 2019)
spinnaker Pole track (whisker pole currently stored on mast)
Forespar Whisker Pole
inboard tracks for non-overlapping headsails
topping lift, genoa and staysail halyards in stoppers
Barlow 27 halyard winch
Barlow 32 primary winches
all mainsail control lines (including , 1st/2nd reefing lines), genoa, led aft to stoppers and (3) Barlow 24 winches
Wichard backstay tensioner new 2006
120V AC and 12V DC electrical systems
(8) 6-volt golf cart batteries
engine starting battery
alternator – Balmar 6 series
Xantrex Xpower Inverter 400
Statpower Truecharge multi stage battery charger
(3) 65-watt solar panels
110v and 12v outlets throughout
LED and Alpenglow florescent interior lighting
stanchions braced at top of bulwarks
double lifelines – uncoated stainless steel New in 2008 by Port Townsend Rigging
Sony speakers in cockpit
(4) fire extinguishers. One is automatic, located in the engine compartment
CO2 meter in forward cabin
fire alarms; forward and aft cabins
Tri-lens radar reflector mounted on former radar mast
large capacity dehumidifier: Soleusair
oil lamp Metaalwarenfabriek
New Sensations also comes with abundant spares, far too many to list.