Gunfleet 43
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Gunfleet 43

Gunfleet 43

A remarkable boat, combining sparkling performance with an astonishingly spacious interior, the Gunfleet 43 is rewarding to sail in all weathers, being light on the helm yet positive. Her non-overlapping high aspect headsail provides excellent pointing ability and she is quick and easy to tack. Fast to accelerate, she gets into the groove quickly with hull speeds that defy her size and displacement. Above all, she feels comfortable and secure under sail and will take long passages in her stride without tiring her crew.

Perfect for short-handed sailing

The cockpit and deck layout have been perfectly designed for easy, short-handed sailing, with sheets and traveller all within reach of the helmsman. There is excellent visibility from behind the ‘Flightdeck’ helm and the 43 provides a dry, comfortable ride. A unique feature is her flush aft deck, immediately behind the centre cockpit, effectively doubling the leisure space in warmer climes and perfect for relaxing and sunbathing.

Twin rudders with variable draft keel option

Fitted as standard with a 2.1m (6’9”) fin keel with lead bulb, a centreboard option is also available. This has the versatility of a shoal 1.38m (4’6”) bulb keel, within which is a centreboard drawing 2.7m (8’10”) when lowered for fantastic up-wind performance.

The Gunfleet 43 has twin rudders, giving an unbelievable degree of balance and control.

Spacious and luxurious accommodation

The 43 features a spacious, light and airy saloon with centreline table, bar area and two settees, which double as seaberths. The galley is practical and a joy to use with abundant stowage in soft-close drawers, integrated GN Espace cooker, a ‘water station’ sink and stainless steel front-opening fridge/freezer. The real wow factor has to be the owner’s cabin, which offers the sort of space you would normally only expect to find on a yacht over 50 feet.


Data & Dimensions (Approx)

Length Overall 13.43m (44' 1")
Length of Hull 12.88m (42' 3")
Length of Waterline 11.62m (38' 2")
Beam 4.07m (13' 4")
Draft 2.10m (6'9")
Optional centre board up 1.38m (4'6")
Optional centre board down 2.70m (8'10")
Displacement 12,750kg (28,109 lbs)
Water 460 litres (100 gallons)
Fuel 460 litres (100 gallons)
Engine Volvo D2 55 hp (4kW)
Sail Area
Mainsail (fully battened) 48sq m (517 sq ft)
Jib (furling 113%) 39 sq m (420 sq ft)
Air Draft 19.22 m (63'1")
(excl. optional lights and aerials)

NB Displacement and draft are quoted in typical cruising trim for the standard yacht with half filled tanks.

EURCD Category A


  • Stainless steel bowsprit
  • Balsa cored topsides
  • Solid laminate below waterline with Kevlar reinforcements
  • Carbon reinforced GRP structural grid
  • Deck edge with teak toerail
  • Aft deck sun-bathing area
  • Transom platform and boarding ladder
  • Laid teak deck
  • Large aft lazarette locker
  • Large forward chain/storage locker
  • Lead bulb ballast keel

Ventilation Windows and Hatches

  • Dorade vents on forward coachroof with white cowls x 2
  • Dorade vent on aft deck within aft hatch
  • Hull ports – opening x 10
  • Lewmar opening ports x 2 through cockpit sides into galley and aft shower
  • Lewmar opening ports through deck saloon window in to galley and aft shower x 2
  • Set of wrap-round deck saloon windows comprising forward, port and starboard side windows•
  • Flush Lewmar T60 fore hatch over fore cabin
  • Acrylic fixed panel skylights forward of fore hatch into forward cabin and aft of aft hatch into aft cabin
  • Flush Lewmar T10 hatches over forward passage and forward WC
  • Lewmar T70 flush hatch over aft cabin
  • Vertical sliding washboard – acrylic
  • Companionway sliding hatch – acrylic
  • All acrylic is tinted dark grey

Loose Equipment / Miscellaneous

  • Manual and automatic electric bilge pumps
  • Horseshoe buoy
  • Safety harness points
  • Fire extinguishers x 3
  • Anchor 25kg CQR and 40m calibrated chain
  • Set of Owner’s manuals
  • Launching and commissioning at Fox’s Marina, Ipswich. UK

Rudders and Steering

  • Twin spade rudders (semi-balanced)
  • Lewmar cable & quadrant steering system
  • Leather covered SS wheel on Flightdeck© pedestal


  • Volvo D2 60hp – Turbo Charged
  • Saildrive coupling
  • 4 bladed Volvo folding propeller
  • Alternator 12V/115 Amp
  • 100 amp hrs dedicated engine 12V starting battery – AGM sealed type
  • Racor fuel filter system with warning light
  • Auto fire extinguisher


  • Garmin multifunction sailing instrument display for speed, depth and wind speed/direction x 1
  • Steering compass at pedestal x 1

DC and AC Electrics

  • CZone switching/control/monitoring system
  • 300 amp hrs 12V domestic battery bank – AGM sealed type
  • 25 amp 12V battery charger
  • LED interior lighting
  • LED navigation lights
  • Steaming light and deck flood lights
  • Gas solenoid with on/off switch –galley
  • 230V 50Hz ring main with shore power socket and 15m dockside power cable
  • 230V 50Hz immersion element in hot water tank
  • Zinc guard protection to shore power circuit


  • Joinery in light oak – teak sole boards
  • Curtains to all hull ports
  • Carpeting to aft cabin sole
  • Lee cloths to aft cabin


  • Corian counter tops with integral fiddles
  • Stainless steel sink with chopping board
  • 3 burner GN Espace gimballed gas cooker
  • Fridge unit in stainless steel with fiddled shelves and keel cooled by Frigoboat
  • Dinnerware, crockery, glasses, cutlery for 6 including stowage


  • Corian counter tops
  • Manual seawater flush
    toilets x 2
  • Holding tanks sized to suit
    (monitored via CZone) x 2
  • Tap and shower sets x 2

Rig and Rigging

  • 11/12th Fractional sloop configured for 113% furling genoa
  • Deck stepped Seldén alloy Slab Reefing spars, silver anodised, 2 spreaders with lazy jack system
  • 3 x reefs
  • Boom – silver anodised
  • Seldén silver anodised Rodkicker boom vang
  • Furlex manual headsail furler and clutch
  • Full Battened mainsail by Dolphin Sailmakers, cross cut
  • Furling genoa by Dolphin Sailmakers, cross cut
  • Mainsail cover in acrylic canvas
  • Windex at masthead
  • Dyform standing rigging

Deck Gear

  • Stemhead/bowsprit fitting with tack point for genneker
  • Spinlock clutches for mainsail halyard vang and reef lines x 4
  • Stainless steel mooring cleats x 6
  • Bow pulpit in stainless steel
  • Pair of stern pushpits in stainless steel with teak slat seats
  • Cockpit table – removable
  • Sprayhood with stainless steel frames, acrylic canvas work and hand holds
  • Stainless steel folding stern ladder with locking bracket
  • Aft deck hot and cold freshwater shower


  • Anchor windlass for chain and rope with adjacent up/down switches Lewmar V3 electric 12V
  • Primary winches, Lewmar 50 AST EVO manual self tailing x 2
  • Halyard/reef winch Lewmar 45 AST EVO manual self tailing, in cockpit x 1
  • Mainsheet winch, Lewmar 45 AST

Reviews and Videos


“Many couples dream of selling up and casting off…Maybe the British-built Gunfleet 43 has the answer”

Gunfleet 43 Review

Yachting Monthly Gunfleet 43 Review

If you would like to read the review as it appeared in Yachting Monthly, you can download it here.

Performance by design


Yachting World first sail with the Gunfleet 43



Presention of the new Gunfleet 43 at the Southampton Boatshow 2011


Emilio Martinelli, Yacht Capital

A yacht that epitomises safe, fast and most importantly of all comfortable seafaring

Yachting World

An en-suite owner’s cabin aft that upstages pretty much any other yacht under 50 feet

Keith Yeomans, Owner of Gunfleet 43-01, Active Day

The further and deeper I delve into this yacht, the more I appreciate the quality that has gone into the build

Chris Beeson, Yachting Monthly

The quality of workmanship is excellent throughout - a huge amount of experience has been built into this boat

Owner, Gunfleet 43-03, Skyfall

We had fun cruising the Wadden islands for 5 days. The sail back last Sunday was memorable. We did Vlieland to Nieuwpoort (pontoon to pontoon) in just under 20 hours. It is 200nm! Three reefs, half the genoa and 26-30 knots from the NW. This boat seems to handle anything without a complaint.


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