After years of searching for our perfect, part-time cruising boat for our retirement
years, Jan and I finally decided on the Landfall 43. This is a larger boat (and older) than we were initially thinking, but we wanted a boat that would allow us to cruise
and live aboard for several months at a time, several times a year with occasional guests. We will be primarily coastal cruising, with occasional longer passages of up to 2,000 miles. So I wanted a boat that performed well under sail (PHRF of 135 or less), yet was solid enough to cross oceans if we ever decided to do that. And it had to have sufficient storage
for our purposes, but not the deep storage
of an offshore
We have done extensive sailing on IP40s and an Oyster
485, among other boats, and finally determined that the center cockpit
with an aft suite was best for us. We also wanted a staysail sloop
for sailing in rough weather
. But we wanted to avoid a full keel
to maximize performance, both while sailing and while manoeuvering under power in harbors especially in reverse! It was also important to minimize exterior wood because we don't want to spend our lives on brightwork.
In the end, our short list included Whitby 42, Brewer 12.8, etc. Our budget
was under $150k. When we saw this Landfall 43 in Ft. Lauderdale that had been thoroughly refit
in 2000, we knew this was our boat.
Keep us posted on what you decide, and we'd love to hear from other Landfall 43 owners!