The Seastream 43, a heavy displacement pilothouse cutter, was designed by Ian Anderson and built in the UK by Seastream Yachts Ltd.
The Seastream 43 is a boat that has stood the test of time and has earned a reputation as a solid and reliable bluewater cruiser. Many Seastream 43 owners have sailed around the world or across oceans with this boat, and they have nothing but praise for its performance and seaworthiness.
One of the most attractive aspects of the Seastream 43 is its spacious and comfortable accommodation. The boat has three separate cabins, two heads, a large saloon, a galley, and a navigation station. It can sleep up to eight people, making it ideal for family cruising or entertaining guests.
The forward cabin has a V-berth with an infill cushion, a hanging locker, and storage drawers. It also has its own ensuite head with a marine toilet, a sink, and a shower.
The aft cabin has a double berth, a hanging locker, and storage shelves. It shares the second head with the saloon, which also has a marine toilet, a sink, and a shower.
The third cabin is located on the starboard side of the saloon. It has two single bunk beds, a hanging locker, and storage drawers. It can be used as a guest cabin or as a workshop or storage room.
The saloon is the heart of the boat. It has a U-shaped settee on the port side that can convert into a double berth. It also has a large folding table that can seat up to six people. On the starboard side, another settee can serve as a single berth. The saloon has plenty of natural light and ventilation from the large windows and hatches.
The galley is located on the port side of the pilothouse. It has a three-burner gas stove with an oven and grill, a double stainless steel sink with hot and cold water, a top-loading refrigerator, and ample storage space for pots, pans, dishes, and food.
The navigation station is located on the starboard side of the pilothouse. It has a large chart table with drawers and shelves, an instrument panel with VHF radio, GPS, radar, autopilot, wind speed and direction indicator, depth sounder, log, and compass. It also has a comfortable seat with a backrest and a footrest.
The pilothouse is one of the best features of the Seastream 43. It offers excellent visibility from the helm station, which has a large wheel steering system with hydraulic autopilot. It also has engine controls, bow thruster controls, windlass controls, and engine instruments. The pilothouse has two sliding doors that give access to the side decks and the cockpit.
The cockpit is located aft of the pilothouse. It is protected by a sprayhood and a bimini top. It has two long benches with cushions and lockers underneath. It also has an aft lazarette that can store fenders, lines, gas bottles, and other gear.
Rigging and Sails
The Seastream 43 has a cutter rig with a deck-stepped mast and stainless steel standing rigging. The mast has two sets of spreaders and supports three sails: a mainsail, a genoa, and a staysail.
The mainsail is slab reefed with three reefing points. It is controlled by two winches on the mast and two winches on the cockpit coaming. The mainsail also has lazy jacks and a stack pack for easy handling.
The genoa is roller furling with a UV protection strip. It is controlled by two winches on the cockpit coaming. The genoa also has sheets that run through blocks on tracks on the side decks.
The staysail is hanked onto the inner forestay. It is controlled by two winches on the cockpit coaming. The staysail also has sheets that run through blocks on the coachroof.
The Seastream 43 also has a spinnaker pole that can be used to fly a spinnaker or a cruising chute. The spinnaker pole is stored on the mast and can be deployed with a topping lift and a downhaul.
Performance and Handling
The Seastream 43 is a heavy displacement sailboat that weighs 31,526 lb (14,300 kg). It has a fin keel with a skeg-hung rudder, giving it good directional stability and maneuverability. It also has a bow thruster that helps with docking and tight situations.
The Seastream 43 is not a fast boat but a steady and comfortable one. It can sail well in light to moderate winds, but it may need some help from the engine in very light airs. It can also handle strong winds and rough seas, as long as it is reefed early and balanced properly.
The Seastream 43 has a comfortable motion at sea, thanks to its heavy displacement and long waterline. It does not hobby-horse or slam into waves, but rather glides smoothly through them. It also has a low center of gravity and a high ballast ratio, which makes it stiff and stable.
The Seastream 43 is intended for offshore and ocean sailing, as it has the strength, the equipment, and storage capacity to cope with long passages. It also has a large fuel tank of 125 gallons (473 liters) and a large water tank of 210 gallons (795 liters), which gives it a good range and autonomy.
Fors and Againsts
The Seastream 43 is a sailboat that has many advantages and few disadvantages. Here are some of the main ones: