Beneteau 43

by BWS Staff

Blue Water Sailing
September 2007


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New this fall, the Beneteau 43 joins the 40, 46 and 49 in the latest design generation from the world’s largest boat builder. The hull of the new boat, which is solid fiberglass, has a narrow entry and fairly broad stern.

The cast iron fin keel has a ballast bulb and the spade rudder, with a stainless steel rudder post, is large and quite deep.

On deck the coach roof configuration is similar to the other boats in this generation of Beneteau, with a slightly raised coach roof and large windows. The cockpit is large and very comfortable with room for up to eight to sit comfortably. Twin wheels open up the center of the cockpit for direct access to the swim platform aft.

With roller furling on both the main and the genoa and all control lines led aft to the cockpit, the 43 will be easy to sail and easy to reef when the wind pipes up.

Down below, the new boat can either have two sleeping cabins, fore and aft, or three with two quarter cabins. In the two-cabin version, the galley is moved aft and offers a lot of counter space and storage. In the three cabin version, the galley runs fore and aft on the port side. Both versions have two heads; the after head has a large separate shower stall.

The interior design of the 43 and the other boats in this series has been thoroughly modernized and streamlined. Furniture, crafted of Maobi wood, has a simple elegance. The dinette is large enough for four or five adults and will double as a good sea berth. High quality fixtures and fastenings have been used throughout.

Built in the U.S., the new 43 offers a lot of accommodation, sailing fun and value in a boat that both a fine coastal cruiser and capable of extended blue-water sailing.

Specifications: LOA 43’0”; LWL 38’1”; Beam 13’6”; Draft 5’5” (std.); Displacement 19,566 lbs.; Sail Area 891 sq. ft.

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