1987 43' Bristol 43.3 Center Cockpit

Annapolis, MD



1987 Bristol 43.3 Center Cockpit

 Ted Hood’s design staff and Bristol Yachts’ craftsmen have helped define the term Cruiser-Racer. The 43.3 gets top performance from features like a medium displacement keel-centerboard design ( for favorable wetted surface to displacement ratio), a fine entry (for good upwind performance), powerful aft sections (for added stability and good speed off the wind), and a partially skeg hung rudder.”  

Altair has had several recent upgrades.  The goal of the current owner was to decrease the amount of effort required for enjoyable yachting.  As a result the primary winches have been converted to electric and the in mast furling was converted to electric.  The bow thruster adds to the docking enjoyment powered by separate lithium ion batteries with a dedicated charger.  


  • Model43.3 Center Cockpit
  • Model Year1987
  • LOA43.33 ft
  • Beam12.83 ft
  • Minimum Draft4.5 ft
  • Engines Total Power435 hp
  • Number of Engines1
  • Engine BrandWesterbeke
  • Engine Model55D-four
  • Engine TypeInboard
  • Engine Power435 horsepower
  • Engine Fuel Typediesel
  • Fresh Water Tanks100 gallon
  • Fuel Tanks85 gallon
  • Holding Tanks20 gallon


2 cabin layout

Port and starboard settees (water tanks underneath)

Folding dinette table

Large Navigation station with TV (nav monitor), SSB radio, full electrical panel

VHF radio with cockpit speaker

Large top-loading refrigeration with freezer.  New Adler Barbour 2020

Aft head rebuilt 2021 with new hoses and fixtures, including shower

SS double sink with new fixtures, hoses, check valves and plumbing

Hot/cold pressure water, manual fresh in galley

New microwave 2020

3 burner propane stove with all appropriate safety monitors

Jensen 50WX4 stereo with cabin and cockpit speakers

Weems and Plath brass clock and barometer

Forward V-berth with filler cushion, A/C, heat, fan

Forward head with manual flush head (rebuilt 2020) and shower

Aft berth centerline queen bed

Aft stand-alone A/C and heat pump

Aft head with manual flush, separate shower stall



Mechanical Equipment

Westerbeke 55D-four with deluxe panel; and 2:1 gear reduction. 

Flex coupling

maxi propeller (2013) 

New seawater intake with hoses, fuel lines, exhaust hose, engine room blower, bilge pump and discharge hoses. 

New Raritan water heater (2013). 

Engine hours 435.

Dual belted 100-amp Balmer alternator (2013)


KATO davits (2021)

Collapsible swim ladder

Two man overboard horseshoes

Cockpit table with custom Edson side extenders.  Cup holders.

Port and starboard side midship boarding gates

Two anchor chocks and rollers

Stainless steel centerboard winch


B&G Zeus MFD with WIFI, radar and remote display in nav station (iPad enabled)

Raymarine ST 60 instruments



Ham radio

Robertson AP 100 autopilot with spare control head

Sails & Rigging

Electric Hood furling mainsail with new control box and switch (2020)

Roller furling genoa

Cruising spinnaker

Extra main and jib

Hydraulic backstay

Lewmar 46 self-tailing electric winches (2020), port and starboard

Smaller self-tailing winches for outhaul, mainsheet and jib furler lines

Whisker pole

Rigid boom vang


Water: 2 tanks 100 gallons (selector switched)

Fuel: 2 tanks 85 gallons (selector switched)

Holding tank 20 gallons with manual and vacuum clearing

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

As an avid sailor and fisherman, I bring to you over 45 years of on the water experience with over 8000 blue water miles.  Through the years I have enjoyed a variety of positions in the marine industry - a former director of the J-World Sailing schools, rigger, professional coach, and yacht racer, delivery crew and captain. I bring to you a vast understanding of boats large and small, monohulls to multihulls and sailing or power.  If you are looking to sell your yacht please give me a call or text to my office number 443 822 0984 or chris@sjyacht.com .

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