Quick Look: Beneteau 43

Cruising World 2008 New Boat Showcase


Rounding out Beneteau's "next generation," the Beneteau 43 blends Berret-Racoupeau lines and exterior styling with interior decor by Nauta Yachts. A very complete outfit specification ensures the boat is ready to go with minimal post-commissioning input beyond stocking the fridge and freezer. The standard arrangement shows a forward cabin and an aft cabin with an L-shaped galley to port close by the companionway.

The hull profile shows a deep, elliptical spade rudder and a keel of sufficient area to balance the sail plan, for which standard issue is an in-mast furling mainsail and a 140-percent genoa. The twin-wheel steering arrangement allows freedom of movement through the cockpit to the swimming- and dinghy-friendly stern platform in the transom.

Beneteau 43 Specs

LOA: 43' 0"
LWL: 38' 1"
Beam: 13' 6"
Draft: 6' 7"/5' 5"
Sail Area 767
Displacement: 19,566
Water: 95 gal
Fuel: 53 gal
Engine: Yanmar 54 hp
Designer: Berret/Racoupeau