Simons 43 Sailboat for Sale - Live Aboard Dream boat
by Ken Knull
(Lancaster, VA USA)
Manufacturer: Simons, UK
Date of Manufacture: 1976
Length: 43.3’ (4.05 meters)
Beam: 13.3’ (4.05 meters)
Draft: 6.0’ (1.8 meters)
Construction: Ferro Cement
Auxiliary Power: Marinized Kubota Diesel, Model KTT 3000, 58 HP
Primary Power: Sloop Rig with seven (7) sails.
General: This boat is a live-aboard dream boat and true, blue-water cruiser. She is 43 feet long and is huge in interior and exterior space. There is an ample aft deck, roomy center cockpit with a fixed dodger and a huge flush foredeck. Below there are eight individual compartments including an organized line/sail locker, a single pilot berth, twin bunk beds, a salon with a large pilot berth and C shaped settee and inlaid dining table, a galley, a navigation compartment, a large centrally located engine room, and a huge aft cabin. In each space there are multiple large storage lockers, cabinets and drawers.
Starting on deck from stern to bow – On the aft deck, the boat has a self-steering vane and bracket, a wind generator bracket (no generator), and a Vastkustens Flotteservice A/B life raft in a fiber glass container (certification dates unreadable). There is a stainless steel (ss) double rail stern pulpit with teak hand rail. The center cockpit has a pedestal mounted 30” ss destroyer wheel, a folding teak cockpit table, a Standard Horizon Color chart plotter (CP500) and a Plastimo 5” card magnetic compass. A fiberglass/ss rigid dodger protects the cockpit from spray. Additional electronics in the cockpit include a Furuno NavPilot autopilot, a Furuno GPS/WAAS Navigator (GP32) display and a Stowe NavSounder depth sounder. Note: the operability of all electronics is unknown. Additional equipment in the cockpit area includes: boom crutch, Life-sling, two Barlow 30 two speed primary winches, one one speed main sheet winch, traveler, two OffGridTec 5.62A, 100Wp solar panels mounted to stern rails, a boat hook, multiple independent VHF and HF antennas, multiple shore power cords, a spotlight, multiple winch handles, bonze porthole covers, and cockpit speakers, manual bilge pump and a large throwable life ring. There are five storage compartments in the cockpit alone!
Moving forward on deck from the stern rails forward, double ss lifelines provide security on deck up to the ss bow pulpit and ample jack line pad-eyes are strategically located. Two large compartments are forward of the dodger and provide ample space for the three propane tanks and other gear. The boom is equipped with a boom vang, there are permanently attached ss steps up the mast, a mast mounted spinnaker pole and three mast mounted Barlow 20 single speed winches and a radome mount (no radar). The two opening hatches near the mast are protected with ss hatch guards and ss belaying pins are fixed to the deck at the base of the mast. There is a large opening hatch forward above the line locker for easy sail stowage. Ground tackle is very substantial starting with the Rocna 33 main anchor with a lot of chain and 1.125” braided nylon rode on a reel mounted in the line locker. An electric/manual windlass is mounted just aft of the substantial ss anchoring bit (operation of the electric side of the windlass is unknown. A secondary Danforth style ~20# anchor is stowed on-deck with approximately 20 feet of chain and rode. There are two ss forestays, one has a Plastimo 1112-C roller furler installed and the other is available for hank-on sails.
Going below and starting from the bow and moving aft: a large line locker with many anchor, dock and sail handling lines in addition to the large anchor chain and rode reel storage and storage for the two large ball type fenders and two large standard fenders. There is plenty of room for sail storage here as well once out at sea. The next compartment aft to port is a single berth with storage under in large lockers as well as drawers. Opposite to starboard is another private compartment with two single bunk berths and storage. Further aft is the main salon with a large single or small double berth to port with a huge amount of storage under and multiple lockers and shelves above. Opposite to starboard is a large C shaped settee with cushions and an inlaid teak dining table. Copious storage lockers a located below the settee. Opening bronze ports and the two opening hatches provide light and ventilation to port and starboard. Aft to port is the diesel heater with removable ss stove pipe on deck.
The galley is to port and is equipped with an ENO two burner propane stove/oven combination, a Vitrifrigo built in refrigerator and ss sink with ss drainboard. The sink is plumbed with hot and cold pressure fresh water and a salt water foot pump supplies water to the sink. Light and ventilation is provided by two opening bronze ports and there are seven cupboards and four drawers for storage. The large engine room is centrally located beneath the cockpit and in addition to the engine and batteries has two manual bilge pumps. To port is the head with sink and H/C pressure water with a telephone shower and both a standard marine head and port-a-potty.
Just aft of the head is the navigation compartment which has the Navicon ProNav VHF RT450 DSC radio (operability unknown), electrical panel, chart and boat manual storage. The ss diesel and waste tanks are accessible in this space. Aft further is the huge owner’s stateroom. It has a queen berth, five hanging lockers, two large cupboards and an enormous space for storage under the berth. Light is provided from seven port lights and the opening aft companionway steps to the cockpit.
1) The shore power electrical system is set up for 220 Vac. There is a galvanic isolator is set up so that you can use both 220 and 110 V. There is a switch that allows you to switch between 110 V and 220 V shore power. Internally then the shore power is converted to 220 V for the onboard systems.
2) There is a lot of information about ferro cement boats on the website www.ferroboats.com or on the face book page FCBS (Ferro cement baad sammenslutningen.
3) This boat is heavy and sails well but stiff (very little heeling).
4) This boat needs painting and interior clean-up. The hull is in excellent condition and the engine is fully operational. Electrical/electronic systems operations are unknown.