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1987 Bristol 43.3 Center Cockpit

Annapolis, Maryland


"Altair" is a classic Ted Hood designed Bristol 43.3 center-cockpit cruiser with a centerboard. She has a shoal draft of 4'6" with the board up and a performance draft of 10' with the centerboard down. If you are thinking about living aboard or extended cruising this is a great boat. The 43.3 combines all of best features of  the classic Hood center-cockpit series. Don't miss the many upgrades since 2013. 

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: Altair
Make: Bristol
Model: 43.3 Center Cockpit
Year: 1987
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Bristol Yachts
Designer: Ted Hood
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: BTY0002C87
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Centerboard


Length: 43 ft
Length Overall: 43'3 ft
Waterline Length: 33'4 ft
Beam: 12'11 ft
Min Draft: 4'6 ft
Displacement: 26,530 lb
Bridge Clearance: 63 ft
Ballast: 10,500 lb
Electrical Circuit: 12 V

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Westerbeke
  • Model: 55D
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 55hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze, Feathering
  • Year: 2013
  • Engine Hours: 450
  • Engine Location: Center


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 85 gal
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 100 gal
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 20 gal


Heads Count: 2
Drive Type: Direct
Windlass Type: Electric
Boat Class: Center Cockpit, Sloop


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Crusader Yacht Sales


Crusader Yacht Sales
7078 Bembe Beach Road
Annapolis, Maryland, US, 21403
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Description and Inventory


"Altair" is a Center Cockpit layout. From the base of the companionway ladder you have a keyhole shaped Galley to starboard and a forward facing Navigation Station to port. The Main Salon has a centerline dropleaf table, L shaped settee to port (converts to double) and a single straight settee to starboard.

Going forward from the main salon there is a guest head with wand shower, sink and vanity. There is access to the head from either the main cabin or the forward V berth (with filler) guest cabin.

Going aft from the main salon on the portside you will pass the nav station and enter a passageway to the aft owner's cabin. One of the Bristol 43.3 main features that sets it apart from the 41.1 and the 45.5 is the centerline double Island Berth in the owner's cabin. (in the 41.1 & 45.5 this owner's berth is a athwartship double). The storage is abundant and there is also an ensuite head with a separate shower stall, manual head and sink/vanity

Engine room access is from the passageway, owner's cabin, aft head shower stall and galley

  • 3 - 12volt Cabin Fans
  • Weems & Plath Brass Ship's Clock & Barometer
  • Interior re-varnished (2016)


  • 3 burner Shipmate propane stove with oven
  • Top loading icebox with Adler Barbour 12v refrigeration w/ freezer (2019)
  • Double stainless steel sink with H&C pressure water
  • Manual Freshwater pump (replaced 2013)
  • Manual Saltwater pump
  • Microwave (2020)
  • Ample storage


  • Westerbeke 55hp engine new in 2013 (435 hours)
  • Deluxe engine panel
  • Transmission 2:1 reduction (2013)
  • Engine seawater intake, Flex coupling, cables, engine room blower, fuel lines, exhaust hoses and bilge pump replaced in (2013)
  • Dripless stuffing box
  • Balmar 100 amp alternator, dual belted (2013)
  • 3-blade Maxi-prop 2013
  • New fuel tank (2013)
  • New water tank (2013)
  • New holding tank (2020)
  • Raritan water heater (2013)
  • Air conditioner reverse cycle Main Cabin - 16,000 BTU (2019)
  • Air conditioner reverse cycle Aft Cabin - 6,500 BTU (2019)
  • Espar diesel heat


  • (3) 8D Batteries 12v, (1 engine - 2 house) new 2019
  • (1) 120amp - Lipo 4 battery w/ charger for Electric winches (2019)
  • (1) 120 amp - Lipo 4 battery w/charger for Bow thruster (2019)
  • 3,000 amp Mikenyon Inverter charger (2013)
  • 120v Shore power (2) 30 amp inlets
  • LED lighting


  • Robertson AP 100 autopilot
  • B&G Zeus MFD with WIFI, radar and Nav station remote (IPad enabled) (2019)
  • VHF w/ cockpit speaker
  • SSB/Ham radio
  • (3) Raymarine ST60 - wind, depth. (2nd wind at helm)
  • 22" TV at Nav station for B&G electronics also swivels for entertainment
  • DVD
  • Jenson stereo with cabin and cockpit speakers

Sails and Rigging:

  • Standing Rigging Replaced (2019)
  • Hood electric furling spar (new control box 2020)
  • Lewmar 46 electric primary winches (2020)
  • Roller furling genoa
  • Cruising spinnaker
  • Extra Main and Jib
  • Hydraulic Backstay adjuster
  • Whisker pole
  • Hall Quick Vang
  • Spar rewired (2015)

Deck and Hull:

  • Bow Thruster (2019)
  • Kato davits (2019)
  • Stern swim ladder
  • Lifelines with gates
  • Ideal electric windless
  • (2) Horseshoe life rings
  • Cockpit table with side extensions & cup holders
  • Bimini
  • Dodger
  • Saltwater washdown
  • 33lb Bruce Anchor w/ 125' galvanized chain
  • 20lb Danforth Anchor w/ 125' rode

"Altair's" 2013 - 2015" refit was performed by Jamestown Boatyard in Rhode Island. 

Standard Disclaimer

Potential purchasers should assume that any items on the vessel at the time of viewing, but not specifically listed on this specification sheet, are not included with the sale of the yacht. These specifications are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed. Specifications are provided for information purposes. Data was obtained from sources believed reliable but is not guaranteed by owner or brokers. Engine hours are approximate, may be reported verbally by the seller, and are recorded at the time and date of the original listing of this vessel. Owner's use during the time of this listing may affect the total engine hours upon a prospective buyer's inspection. Buyer assumes responsibility to verify all speeds, consumptions, capacities and other measurements contained herein and otherwise provided, and agrees to instruct his/her agents or his/her surveyor to confirm such details prior to purchase. This vessel is subject to sale, price and inventory changes or withdrawal from market without notice.

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