42 Tartan 42-1

1981 42' TARTAN  

42' Tartan


  • Name: BALAENA
  • Make: Tartan Yachts
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Year: 1981
  • Length: 42'
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Single Diesel
  • Located In: Alameda, CA
42 Tartan 42-1

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  • Specs

    • Builder: Tartan Yachts
      Designer: Sparkman & Stephens
      Keel: Fin

  • Dimensions

    • LOA: 42 ft 0 in
      Beam: 12 ft 3 in
      Maximum Draft: 4 ft 11 in
      Displacement: 22000 lbs
      Ballast: 9200 lbs

  • Engine

    • Engine Brand: Westerbeke
      Year Built: 1981
      Engine Model: rebuilt
      Engine Type: Inboard
      Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
      Engine Hours: 100
      Propeller: 3 blade propeller
      Engine Power: 50 HP

  • Tanks

    • Fresh Water Tanks: (100 Gallons)
      Fuel Tanks: (140 Gallons)
      Holding Tanks: (30 Gallons)


Sparkman & Stephens just know how to make a boat look good and sail well.  The Tartan 42 is a prime example of their expertise. 

"Balaena" has been through a recent refit in preparation to go offshore cruising. 

Her owner has checked and upgraded the boat well for his intended journey.  His change in plans make this a vessel that is ready to go.  Come take a look.

A list of upgrades include:

  • New monitor windvane
  • Mast pulled and updated with new standing rigging, electrical wiring, LED tricolor, LED spreader lights, new VHF antenna, & new storm trysail track 
  • New Doyle mainsail
  • New Hood spinnaker
  • New Doyle trysail
  • New solar panels
  • New Raymarine chartplotter
  • New lifelines

  • Force 10 3-burner stove/oven

  • Sea frost 12V refrigeration w/ freezer

  • H/C pressure water

  • Double Stainless steel sink

  • Galley foot pump

  • Complete 12V marine system with circuit breaker panel and 4-position battery switch. 
  • Four 6V golf cart batteries for the House bank and 1 dedicated 12V engine starting battery. 
  • Weems & Plath battery bank monitor. 
  • Heart interface inverter/charger.
  • Two 140 Watt solar panels with controller (new). 
  • 110AC shorepower system with dockside electrical cable

  • Raymarine Hybrid Touch Plotter/radar monitor
  • Autohelm 4000+ wheel pilot
  • Raymarine Windpoint/windspeed
  • Autohelm digital depthsounder
  • Autohelm Speed/Log
  • Autohelm Multi
  • Icom IC M502 VHF
  • Icom RAM Mic
  • Ritchie binnacle compass
  • Davis Vantage Vue weather station
In preparation for cruising the mast was pulled and refit with all new wiring, a new LED masthead tricolor, new LED spreader lights, and a new VHF antenna. The boom was serviced and repainted. 

  • New Standing rigging 2014 by Hansen Rigging Alameda
  • New running rigging by 2014 Panda of Alameda
  • New Doyle full batten mainsail
  • 110% Genoa on new Harken SS rollerfurler
  • Hood staysail
  • New Hood spinnaker
  • Spinnaker pole
  • New Storm Trysail
  • New Trysail storm track
  • Mast unstepped and serviced including
  • New Harken main sheet traveler
  • Navtec hydraulic backstay
  • Insulated backstay
  • Boom vang
  • Lewmar ST48 primaries and secondary's
  • Lofrans SS Progress 2 electric windlass
  • Delta 75# anchor w/ 300' all chain rode
  • Bruce anchor w/ 100' rope rode and 25' chain lead
  • Danforth stern anchor w/ ample rode
  • Double bow roller
  • New Monitor windvane
  • Cockpit Table
  • New LED spreader lights
  • New LED tricolor
  • H/C cockpit shower
  • SS cowl vents
  • New Life lines
  • Life sling
  • Masthead windpoint
  • Radar reflectors (2)
  • 3 blade Kiwi propeller



  • New cutlass bearing
  • New fuel line and shut off valve
  • New Fuel gauge 
  • New Propane system
  • New compass for autopilot
  • Steering system serviced
  • Winches serviced 
Fuel capacity note: Main fuel tank is 80 gallons backed up by a 60 gallon bladder tank that fits into a crate for extended powering range when desired.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.