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X-43, build number #15, commissioned 2004. Blue hull with 2.20m L-shaped keel. Standard aluminium mast, with in-boom furler for mainsail and furling jib. NEW FLEXITEAK applied 2017 to side deck, coachroof, cockpit and transom step. Below decks she has three cabins, with two heads, modern layout with longitudinal galley and owner's V-berth forward. High specification cruiser, set up for shorthanded sailing.
First the Nicholson 35, then the Sweden 38, then a very used X-412. This boat was a dream. Masthead rigged, she would go in a straight line hands-off on almost any point of sailing, but suffered an irksome lack of room and storage for more than day sailing.
So. For 12 years the X-43. Love at first sight on the boat show stand, beautifully finished, very comfortable and well thought out. We wanted to go further afield so beefed-up the engine, adding a 3-bladed folding prop that bites instantly in reverse. A bigger alternator, smart charging, extra batteries and an extra water tank made her more self-sufficient.
Everything is back to the cockpit for shorthanded travel. The primaries are oversized. The in-boom main is easily raised, reefed and lowered by a slightly-built woman wielding an electric winch safely from the cockpit. The port German system mainsheet winch is electric so the helm can effect the gybe with the crew below out of the cockpit.
She has about 18,000 miles on the log and has never put us in danger. Shorthanded is faster with less sail if it gets lively and logic beats testosterone, and eventually the anchoring problem was completely solved by simply ditching the Bruce and getting a bigger Rocna.
Based in Hamble, she has been to Brittany and La Rochelle more than once, the West Country, Scotland and the Hebrides twice (the Irish Sea deserves its reputation), Holland, Denmark, the Baltic as far as Finland for four years and a final rufty-tufty crossing home across a lively North Sea.
Hugely admired, particularly in France and Sweden, she is a classy good looking quick boat. With two heads and ‘modern’ galley layout she is very comfortable for two couples, a bit cramped for three.
Every sailing guest has had to be levered off the helm with a crowbar. Fast responsive sailing with fingertip control in any wind is truly addictive.
Why is she for sale? Anno Domini and osteoarthritis are implacable enemies.
We will not be replacing her.
|Hull Length||12.93 m||42'5"|
|Waterline Length||11.45 m||37'7"|
|Beam (max)||3.97 m||13'0"|
|Ballast - Std||3,700 kg||8,157 lbs|
|Displacement - Light||8,600 kg||18,960 lbs|