We have a 1986 M43CC... What would you like to know about it?
The first thing to note is that it isn't the Out Island model... it is commonly referred to as a Nelson Merek design but I've been told that that's not really accurate. None-the-less, it's a good solid boat. We have our reservations but her motion is not one of them. She rides well under sail and at anchor
. I certainly like her better than a friends Jeanneau
37 and she sails
smoother than a Beneteaus 47 and 50 that we've chartered
We have a friend from that has a '85 M43CC that is currently in the Caribbean
. They sailed it from the great lakes
to the east coat and did the 1500 Rally. They love it. And I'm in contact with several other owners, all of whom really like her design.
Here are some pros and cons...
room is large but it provides ample room for a generator
, additional batteries
and some storage.
Speaking of storage, I think it's OK. Our fuel tank
is under the port settee which kills some storage. So if you can find a model that has the diesel
tank under the sole it's even better. Put some doors on the saloon
shelves and you're good to go.
Her displacment is 23,500 which technically makes her a performace cruisers. Her wine glass shape and intergal lead keel
places her weight low which seems to give her a good ride. She has low initial stability but she rides well in confused chop.
The nav station is large enough but it does have a odd shape and face slightly aft. The M44CC improved this a bit and the M45CC did a really nice job.
If you like center cockpits and aft cabins then you'll like the 43CC. The aft cabin is huge and again, if you put some door on the shelves then you've got a ton of storage. On the down side, the aft head
is a cramped and the "tub" is only good for storage.
I disagree with John assement of the main saloon
. I really like it. His cramped feeling might come from the mast
in the middle of the table. It really blocks the visual openness of the saloon.
I agree with John about the forward head
... It's large enough for the occassional guest and it's great for storage but it is certainly small. On the other hand, the forward head is great.
From a helmsman's point of view, I love the center cockpit
. I really like the convenience of the mainsheet. On the downside the cockpit
is a bit small for entertaining. And the on-deck storage is a bit lacking. I'd love to have a large sail locker.
Essentially, I don't know of any reason why it couldn't be a great bluewater cruiser. If it lack anything, it lacks the modern styling of large portlights
, a large cockpit
, and open saloon -- but those are the same things that make a bluewater cruiser vunerable.
Sorry to be long winded.... hope this helps.