in South Africa
is long gone. They existed briefly in the late 1980's / early 1990's.
The Monte Carlo 43 started life as the Montevideo 43. It was first built by Fred Scholtz Marine in 1979 / 1980. To the best of my knowledge (memory) it was an in-house design by Fred Scholtz Marine.
Fred Scholtz's fibre glass work
used to be very good, the fit out was so-so. After he stopped boatbuilding the moulds ended up somewhere else and a few small changes were made to the styling and interior
, hence the new Monte Carlo 43 name. I am going on memory here as it was a long time ago.
I sailed a regatta
and offshore race
on one of the Montevideo 43's in 1980. It was actually a nice boat
, not the fastest of boats, but okay back then.
Quite a few of them were built and they sailed far and wide. I know one sailed from Cape Town
to Freemantle along the Southern Ocean in the 1979 Parmelia Race
and got there in one piece. A few also circumnavigated and a number of them sailed in the various South Atlantic Races from Cape Town
to South America
in the 1980's and also did the very tough return passages to Cape Town afterwards. The latter is an extremely good test for any boat, much rougher and tougher than most boats would ever meet.
So to conclude, the design is good, the boat can take the rough stuff. These older South African boats were stronly built with good rigs and generous winches and deck gear
etc. But they are now old boats.
Good luck with the boat hunting.