Quick Look: Moorings 43.4

Jeremy McGeary reviews this charter intended cruiser for the CW 2009 Sailboat Show.

Bareboat charter places a different emphasis on a boat's accommodation needs than does cruising, most heavily in the number of people that have to be accommodated, which is why the interior layout of the Moorings 43.4 differs from that of the Beneteau 43 into which it's built. On deck, the boats are functionally the same, and the large twin-helm cockpit easily absorbs crew at all levels of participation.

The .4 indicates four cabins (the boat is also available with three), of which three, two aft and one in the Vee, are doubles. The fourth, tucked aft of the forward cabin (where a third head would be in the .3 layout), has upper and lower single berths. This arrangement has two heads, one each side of the companionway, and the saloon follows The Moorings' pattern with a straight-line galley opposite the dining area.