The Tartan 10, or T-10, designed by Sparkman & Stephens in 1978, was the first of what would become a whole new category of offshore yachts suitable for both cruising and one-design racing. Approximately 400 hulls were built. The concentration of T-10s that was established in the upper Midwest kept the class strong there even after newer boats in the offshore racer/cruiser category came along. There are strong fleets in the Detroit area especially. The sloop carries a fractional rig, 100% jib, symmetrical spinnaker, and lead keel. The T-10 is identified by its nearly-flush deck, which makes deck maneuvering easier during races. The controls are all led from the roomy cockpit. The boat was inducted into the American Sailboat Hall of Fame in 1998. For more information, read the Tartan 10 Wikipedia article.
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