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Hans and Gisela Bacher have owned one of the very first T. 43. This is what I wrote at the time to introduce the boat. The Designer comments: " A waterline design, a flat out cruising machine. As well as performance, the accommodations were quite significant to this boat. 

The interior is large with the owner's cabin planned around a double quarter berth and the amidships heads. The cabin includes a large shower and a big hanging locker. 

The galley is in the passageway and has a centreline layout with sinks opposite the oven. Just ahead of the companionway is a large multi purpose chart-table/ work bench which will probably find innumerable uses. 

The forward cabins incorporate an "L" shaped dinette with a pilot berth and a double berth forward with private heads."

For over 20 years Hans and Gisela have spent 1/2 of their time sailing the cat-ketch to many quarter of the globe. The following photos were taken on a Black Sea Rally and I thought they give a good account of the various sailing angles and therefore handling of a Cat-Ketch.

 

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Here are just a few of the comments received about Tanton from professionals in the trade:

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"Yves-Marie de Tanton is one of the great designers but not exceedingly well known outside the trade. He pioneered the unstayed carbon fiber Cat-Ketch rig. He specializes in the sort of intensely personal custom designs that keep his customers coming back."    S. C. B.

"Yves-Marie is a very talented designer with lots of fresh ideas, a guy worth keeping tabs on."   D. S


"Tanton has designed some of the world’s fastest and most exotic racing yachts. This gives Tanton a most unusual perspective on design features for esoteric cruising boats."  R. H.  P.

"I had the pleasure of working with Yves-Marie when I was on the East coast. I must say that my own drawing style and design approach was markedly influenced by the six months that we worked together. Yves-Marie probably draws the fairest set of lines that I have ever seen. His lines gallery are truly works of art."  B. P.


"Tanton has never been accused of surrendering to convention."  Q. W.

"Tanton has already designed five boats for me and currently designing two more. This speaks for itself."  B.  G.

"Tanton had met the criterion creativity and had offered a highly professional design that would provide a two-person crew a uniquely capable world cruiser."  B. W.

"Un Franšais, Yves-Marie TANTON, s'est installÚ Ó la Mecque des U.S.A. : Newport. Il compte parmi les meilleurs."   G. R-D


 

 



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