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1980 Spindrift 43

Honolulu, Hawaii


This 1980 sailing vessel is a rugged yet elegant fiberglass offshore Cruiser.

This classic, very seaworthy vessel has many proven (and perhaps complex) features, which can only be appreciated by an experienced cruiser. To begin with, one must look at the history of the vessel -- Spindrift Yachts hull number one, originally ordered and set into production as the personal vessel for Tony Bell and his lady partner both of whom were experienced cruisers. As construction of their vessel progressed, Mr. Bell realized the business opportunity to have additional hulls produced in Taiwan with their rigging and interiors installed and commissioned in Newport Beach, California.  This was the beginning of Spindrift Yachts, a California based company which went on to produce many more sailboats and powerboats


Basic Boat Info

Tax Status: Not Applicable
Make: Spindrift
Model: 43
Year: 1980
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: YSY432200980
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Full Keel


Length: 43 ft
Length Overall: 54 ft
Length Of Deck: 42'6 ft
Beam: 12'6 ft
Max Draft: 6'8 ft
Cabin Headroom: 6'3 ft
Ballast: 10000 lb
Cabins Count: 3

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Model: 2712E
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 80hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 BladeBronze
  • Engine Location: Center
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Year: 1981


Heads Count: 2
Drive Type: Direct
Windlass Type: Electric
Stock Number: 648870 USCG Official Number
Boat Class: Cutter, Center Cockpit


John Dukesherer
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Honolulu Yacht Brokerage International LLC


Honolulu Yacht Brokerage International LLC
24 Sand Island Access Road
Honolulu, HI, US, 96819
Tel:808-528-(BOAT ) 2628

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.

Additional Information
Spindrift 43 Center Cockpit Cutter -- Primary Specifications:

LOD: 43 feet  (13.1 meters) LOA 53 feet  (16.1 meters) LWL  37 ft  (11.3 meters) Beam: 12 ft 6 inch  (3.8 meters) Draft: 6 ft 10 inch  (2.1 meters) Mast height 57 ft  (17.3 meters)
Engine: 80 hp Lehman-Ford, diesel, 4 cylinder, 254 cu. inch, NOT supercharged; ~7500 hours
Tankage: diesel 266 gal (1008 liters), water 350 gal (1326 liters), holding 40 gal (151 liters)
Water maker rated 20 gal/hour (Aqua Marine) Loaded displacement 46,000 lbs (20,870 kg)
Ballast: 11,000 lbs (kg) encapsulated iron
Hull, deck, and all interior joinery (teak) built late1980 early 1981 at Young Sun Yachts, Taiwan 
Teak decking with polysulphide caulk; originally 5/8-inch thick;[completely recaulked 1997]
Spindrift Yachts No. CC-1; shipped as deck cargo from Taiwan to Los Angeles,mid 1981 
Spars, rigging, deck gear, and interior fittings (all US made) installed Newport Beach, CA 1981-82.   One-owner boat purchased new by current owner from Spindrift-Newport in May 1982.
Continually maintained and upgraded ever since.    
Rig: Cutter with aluminum spars, painted gold; rig built and installed by Sparcraft in California
Double spreader mast with internal rope-to-wire halyards  (plus spare rope main halyard)
Halyard winches mounted on mast at deck level; all 2-speed self-tailing stainless steel Stainless steel standing shrouds and stays with solid bronze turnbuckles and SS Sta-Lok terminals
18-ft slotted-foot boom, with 4:1-tackle rope vang and rigid support strut (Forespar)  Whisker pole 18-ft ,telescoping (Forespar); mounted on track on forward edge of mast Spinnaker halyard (but no sail) fitted, used for lifting and deploying dinghies on/off foredeck.

Working Sail area: 1140 sq. feet (main, jib and staysail) Jib (100%): on Profurl furler; UV shield on leech and foot New Mainsail (Ross Harold Sails, Opua, NZ June 2012):triple reef points, full-length flat battens. Staysail: hanked on, reefable with foot ties    
Engine and drive train: 80 hp Lehman-Ford diesel, 4 cyl., 254 cu inch, natural asperated (not supercharged!) Typical engine operating rpm 800 to 1400 rpm Borg-Warner velvet drive transmission; one-lever throttle and gear shift control at helm
1.5-inch solid ss prop shaft with interior packing gland and exterior cutlass bearing
3-blade Michigan bronze propeller, 21-inch dia., 16-inch pitch Dual in-line fuel filters (Fram, for water and particle removal) from diesel fuel tanks Secondary in-line dual fuel filters (Fram cartidge) on engine feeding the injection pump   Electric fuel pump to ease purge of trapped air from fuel lines after fuel-filter changes Freshwater flush for engine cooling system; valve in engine room, reservoir in fwd head cabinet 

Deck Hardware:

Stainless Steel Bow pulpit with heavy wooden (teak) platform, perforated to take seas Stern pulpit integrated with rugged stainless steel dinghy davits with 2 lifting-wire winches Outboard engine lifting crane (4:1 block and tackle with Trigger Cleat control) on stern mast
Double lifelines, 32 inches high all around, with pelican hook gates adjacent each side of cockpit
Mooring ballards at bow and stern for securing dock, mooring, or tow lines
Permanent handles/steps on hull aft above waterline for emergency egress from sea to deck
Windlass, electric (12 v) at bow, for managing primary anchor chain, 3/8-inch, 300 feet
Hawse hole in deck beneath windlass for chain fall to locker below in forepeak
Hawse pipe with cover for chain (20 ft) from 2nd bow anchor to fall into locker shelf below
Deck bales (flush) in aft-quarter side decks; to secure boom preventer blocks, port and starboard

Interior spaces:

Living spaces with 6'-8" (2 m.) headroom in main salon and aft stateroom; 6 ft elsewhere 
Extensive stowage space (lockers, cabinets, drawers) behind and under seating and berths 
Cabin layout: main salon table with seating for 4; settee across for seating 3 or 1 sea berth
Skylight "Butterfly" hatches above salon table, with Lexan windows, open from below for ventilation
Berths: 1 double in aft stateroom, 1 single forward: 1 sea berth on settee, 2 in cockpit (in port)

Galley (split) adjacent to main salon; counters, sink, stove, trash bin, drawers, cabinets, etc. Passageway 6-ft headrrom aft to sleeping compartment, head; shop bench, tool drawers Passageway forward to forward head and to sleeping compartment (single berth in forepeak) Doors to close off forward and aft heads and sleeping areas from passageway access Navigation compartment on port side under cockpit, with all electronics, radios, seat, table Hatch (portside seat in cockpit)  in overhead of nav station, for extra ventilation in port or at anchor Opening portlights, bronze, with dogs; in hull and cabin top sides throughout boat: 36 in all, for air & light Floor panels in cabin and passageway soles for tank inspection, pump access, stowage, etc.
Music system: Kenwood AM/FM tuner with tape drive; 200 W amplifier, stereo speakers fore & aft
Oil lamps (5), brass, in good shape, but all need polishing!  
Winches: 9 self-tailing stainless steel 2-speed:  4 on mast, at waist/shoulder height, 5 on cockpit.coamings 2 small 1-speed: one on mast for lifting whisker pole, one on port cockpit coaming for furling jib
1 small 1-speed: in cockpit for jib furl control 2 wire winches (with brakes) on dinghy davits for lifting or deploying hard dinghy
Large Refrigerator reefer (cooled by engine-driven compressor or compact 120 vac compressor)
Large Freezer (~4 cu ft) with dual cold plates, and spill-over air flow to adjacent 3-cu/ft reefer
Freezer doors: one in port salon counter, another in side bulkhead beneath counter
Propane stove, 4-burner, with oven and broiler (Brown Stove Works, Inc.)
Two 5-gal propane bottles in stern locker, with remote solenoid valve control and indicator light in galley Double deep stainless steel sink, on starboard side adjacent main salon, with modern single-lever faucets
Freshwater and saltwater spigots at galley sink, pressure flow by automatic 12-volt pump (Shurflo)
Freshwater supply to sinks, shower, and deck wash-down outlets;; can switch to saltwater
Hot freshwater heater: 10 gallon (38 liters), heated by engine heat transfer or 120 v ac electric
Portable 12-volt refrigerator box (Coleman) for backup to main frig, and storing veggies or beverage
Microwave oven, 120 vac, 700 watts (Avanti) [New]
Sliced bread Toaster, two slots, 120 vac 750 watts (Better Chef)
Food Blender, 120 vac (Delta)
Heads and Shower:
One head forward of main salon, with toilet, washbasin, mirrors, stowage cabinet & bin
One head in aft compartment, with toilet, shower stall (curtained on rails); with 2 portlights
All head sink with only freshwater; shower is normally freshwater, but can be switched to salt

Water maker:

20 gal per hour capacity, engine driven, two pre-filters in engine room (by Aqua Marine) Two 20-inch membrane tubes in series; control panel with valves and gauges in galley
Valving manifold to deposit product water into either one of three water tanks, and source sinks
Tankage: Fuel, diesel:  266 gallons (~1008 liters) in 2 stainless steel tanks under cabin sole
Water: 350 gallons (~1326 liters in 3 stainless steel tanks) under cabin sole Holding: 40 gallons (~151 liters) in stainless steel tank with 'rubberized' interior coating
Electrical System:
Two battery banks total 1200 amp-hrs (ten 6-v deep-cycle lead acid); one 12-volt AGM starting
Inverter/charger: 12vdc/120vac (2000 watt, 100 amp charge; Heart-Interface Freedom 20)
Link 2000 Inverter/Charger control and monitor system
Solar panels: 3, total 200 watts (1 between davits, 1 each on side rail aft lifeline stantions, adjustable)
Main and secondary circuit breaker panels, and battery1-2-both-off switch in Nav station;
Switch in engine room for starting engine from House batteries, or supply House from starting battery Alternator: 140-amp large frame Leece-Nevelle 12-v, dual ½” v-belts driven
External 12 v dc regulator, multi-step, with temperature compensation (Next Step by Ample Power)
Honda 2kw generator (portable), gasoline powered; 12vdc/120 vac out: mounted on aft cabin deck
Portable 240 volt ac-input battery charger (12 v.dc output), with 240-volt  extension cords
Solar panel regulator (behind main breaker panel in nav station); Trace Model C-12B
Ground plate (porous bronze) on hull starboard girth, connected electrically to mast compression post
Charge dissipator at mast top for lightning thwarting (Forespar)


WH Autopilot; master control in Nav Station, remote control with rudder-angle indicator at helm

Radar/chart plotter/GPS navigation (Ratheon Model RL 70); displays in both cockpit and nav station
Navigation PC in nav station with Maxsea charts for entire world. Selected paper charts and pilot charts
Desk-top computer (obsolete, but useful!) in nav station; LCD display, keyboard, trackball mouse
Combination printer, scanner, copier (HP Deskjet F300) in nav station; 120 v ac
Portable handheld GPS receivers (Garmin 12 and Garmin 48)
Sextant, plastic, advanced model (Davis Instruments)

Communication equipment:
Short range ship-ship radios:  VHF/AIS in cockpit, plus two handheld VHF radios
Long range SSB radios (2): Ham (Kenwood TS-50), plus Marine and Ham (Icom 718)
Each SSB transceiver has rated output power of ~100 watts
Sailmail radio email system, with Pactor-III modem, SWR power-out meter in antenna coaxial cable Antennas: insulated backstay main SSB, whip backup SSB and VHF and GPS on radar mast aft
SSB antenna selected in nav station with two multi-position switchs on instrument panel VHF radio with AIS receiver display screen and controls mounted on overhead at helm station

Navigation Equipment:
Steering: Hydraulic (Capilano); pedestal steering wheel; dual rams, decoupling valve under aft bunk
Emergency steering with rudder shaft extension thru aft compartment and deck, and tiller on aft deck
Autopilot (WH), hydraulic system; fluxgate compass, electroncs, motor control, rudder-angle indicator Compass on binnacle at helm (Danforth Constellation 6-inch), with hexagonal dome Water depth, hull speed, wind speed and wind direction on cockpit coaming forward (by Signet) Radar scanner dome (4 kw, range to 50 miles) and VHF & GPS antennas on stern radar mast Deck lights: spreader LED each side; foredeck light; and aft deck lights on radar mast, fore and aft pointing Running lights: deck level on each side bow pulpit; stern light on radar mast aft; LED Tricolor running lights at sea (at mast head) LED Anchor Light (at mast head) LED
Xenon strobe light at mast top Two hand-bearing compasses (Davis and Plastimo, the latter on bulkhead mount as telltale compass)
Anchoring gear (Ground Tackle):
60-lb CQR w/300 ft of 3/8 inch galvanized chain, swivel shackle to anchor; on starboard bow roller
Keefe 12-volt electric windlass, with chain wildcat and rope gypsy, manual clutch
45-lb CQR w/20 ft 3/8 chain, with 300 ft 5/8” nylon rode, as 2nd bow anchor, on port bow roller
35-lb Danforth w/15 feet 3/8 chain, 300 ft ½” nylon rode, as stern anchor, on aft pulpit bracket
22-lb Danforth, w/10 ft 3/8" chain, for general utility
12-lb Danforth w/ 15 ft 5/16" chain, back up stern anchor or lunch hook; on aft pulpit bracket
6-lb grapnel hook for dinghy anchor or general use
18-ft dia. sea anchor rig (Para Tech Co), in yellow bag, ready to deploy
300 ft 1/2 inch braided nylon rope in plastic basket for secondary bow anchor rode or whatever
500 ft 3/4 inch braided nylon rope on plastic reel mounted aft deck; for ea anchor rode or general use

Safety and Convenience: Deck area lights fore and aft, and in cockpit Saltwater wash-down spigot at bow, can be switched to fresh water supply from forward water tank Lifelines: double, 32-inches high, with solid handrail portions adjacent to cockpit area and gates
Lazy jack lines (1" webbing with stout end fittiings) for both side decks, bow to stern Cockpit dodger windows with rigid front and side-panel windows of 1/16 inch solid polycarbonate Full cockpit cover with roll up side windows and see-through window above helm station to view sail   Cockpit cushions and backrests, 4-inch open-cell foam, with Naugahyde coverings, color light brown
Awning (or boat cover) of grey Acrilan
Ventilation: 36 Bronze portlights. That's right! 36 opening portlights fitted with safety glass, dual dogs, screens Dorade-type deck ventilators wth stainless steel vents (four): in overhead of main cabin area

Cabin fan (12 volt) on  bulkhead above freezer; plus 3 portable 120-vac fans for use where needed

Emergency Equipment: EPIRB 406  mHz beacon with deck-mounted hydrostatic deploy canister (ACR Rapidfix) New 6-person Liferaft (ASM Co. NZ), in hard case on aft deck, with hydrostatic release
500 ft  ¾-inch braided nylon line (same as above)  for sea anchor or emergencies. Emergency rudder shaft extension and wood tiller for hand steering on aft deck
Ditch bags (3), one canvas, two rubber; containing water, food rations, and misc.survival gear
First aid kits, extensive: dressings & emergency med gear, oxygen bottle, (most meds expired!) 
Dinghy #1: Inflatable
 9.5-ft Avon inflatable with hard roll-up interior floor, fiberglass seat, wood one-piece oars (new) For rowing or outboard motor power
Takes either Honda 8-hp 4-stroke outboard engine or 2-hp Honda 4-stroke engine
Retractable wheels (12-inch dia. balloon tires) on transom, for beach wheeling (and outboard prop guard)
Can be carried inflated on foredeck, or rolled up and stowed in canvas bag on foredeck or under inverted hard dinghy lashed down on foredeck
Inflating foot pump, patching kit
Lifting bridle for use with spinnaker halyard to raise dinghy out of water alongside or up onto foredeck

Dinghy #2: Fiberglass
8-ft Fatty Knees sailing/rowing dinghy; 2-piece mast, centerboard, rudder, tiller, cat-rig sail Carry on stern davits using lift winches (with Acrilan cover), or lashed inverted on foredeck Takes Honda 2 hp 4-stroke outboard engine, or row with 1-piece wooden oars with oarlocks
Lifting bridle for use with spinnaker halyard and winch (on mainmast) to raise dingy out of water

Outboard motors (two, both Honda 4-cycle)
2 hp with integral 1-liter fuel tank; air cooled, centrifugal clutch; 
8 hp with separate 3-gal fuel tank and hose; water cooled, gear shift and manual clutch
Lifting harness for 8-hp Honda for use with lifting crane on radar mast aft

Other on-deck gear:
Jerry jugs, 5-gal (20 lit.) each; 4 diesel, 2 gasoline, 1 water; all carried along aft deck edges
Bumpers:  two large, four medium, one very large
Misc dock lines and utility lines, coils carried on pin rails in mast gallows each side of mast base
Man-overboard pole, horseshoe life ring (new), xenon flash float light, on rack starboard rail outside cockpit
Lifesling man-overboard retrieval rig, at stern pulpit, starboard side
Swim ladder, wooden with steps; folding for sea ingress/egress from side deck; attaches amidship either side
Boat hook, 8-ft long large diameter wooden handle, bronze hook; stowed in rings on starboard shroud
Flag halyards with snaphooks, alongside shrouds to lower spreader, both port and starboard
Stowage box (Igloo), 3 ft long, hinged lid and clasp; secured on aft deck; for misc gear and seat 

Flopper-stopper anti-roll device, ss:  for at-anchor comfort; deploy on whisker pole from mast
Awning, 3 sections, Acrilan canvas, gray; tubing scaffolding; for shade/rain cover, whole  boat deck

Spares galore:

Alternator: 160 amp Leece-Neville
V-belts that fit alternator, refrigeration, watermaker, and autopilot hydraulic pumps Engine raw-water pumps (3)
Engine oil and filter supply
Fuel injectors (two sets)
Engine oil-cooler heat exchanger
Freshwater pumps (2) one Shurflo, one Jabsco Toilet rebuild kits
Macerator pump (Jabsco 12 GPM)
Float switches (Rule)
Bilge pump, 12-vdc electric (Rule 2000)
Refrigeration compressor (Tecumseh) for engine-driven system  R-12 refrigerant gas supply (two 30-lb canisters, one partially used) Electrical wiring of many types, sizes, lengths
Electrical connectors of all pertinent types and sizes for vessel wiring
Plumbing supplies, hoses, fittings, couplings, of many types and sizes
Bolts, nuts, washers, screws, rivets, etc. of many types and sizes; in organized containers
3/8" rigging wire section (old shroud!), chain shackles, swivels, chain-to-rope couplers, thimbles, etc
Zincs for prop shaft, cutlass bearing, rudder plate
All kinds of other stuff too numerous to list here!.   Tools: Extensive and complete customized tool kit including wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, hammers, saws, files, knives,electric drills, sanders, propane torches (large and small), C-clamps, cabinet clamps, etc. Many specialty tools for electric, mechanical, metal and woodworking, repair and building Refrigeration gauges and hoses for testing and filling reefer/freezer cooling systems Vacuum pump for service/purging of refrigerant gas in refrigeration systems Hooka-like dive compressor, with filter, hose, mouthpiece, for diver work to ~10 ft deep alongside 
Welding kit (oxygen and MAP gas), for minor metal cutting and welding orbrazing, mask, lighter, etc.
Custom apperata:  alignment jig for shaft-to-engine, motor mount stand-in support strut, etc.

Ships Library:
Mechanical and Electrical Manual 3rd edition (Nigel Calder) International Marine Sailboat Library books:
Troubleshooting Marine Diesels (Peter Compton)
Canvaswork & Sail Repair (Don Casey)
Sailboat Refinishing (Don Casey)
Sailboat Electrics Simplified (Don Casey)
The Sailor's Assistant (John Vigor)
Sailboat Hull & Deck Repair (Don Casey)
Small-Boat Seamanship Manual (Richard Aarons, editor)
Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 18th edition (Scott Mueller)
Reed's Nautical Companion (Carl Herzog, editor)
American Medical Association Encyclopedia of Medicine (Ransom House, 1989)
Webster's New World Dictionary of English (1991)

Underwater viewer, handheld
Snorkling gear for two people: face masks, snorkles, fins, weight belt
Fishing poles (2), small; 1 with regular reel, 1 spinner, with small fishing lure collection, hooks, etc.
Piano keyboard, 88 keys, portable, 120 vac (Roland EP9 Digital Piano)
Earth globe, on axially tilted desk-top mount, 12 inch diameter (circa 1962, but still useful)

Documentation: Extensive manuals, and information for equipment, fittings, and electronics Copies of pertinent ship's papers:  Ownership, Documentation, Insurance, licenses, etc. Owner and service manuals for engine, mechanical gear, outboard motors, electronics, etc.

Plus a lot of other good stuff  and features that are too numerous to list here!

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.

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