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Sceptre 43

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Boat REF# 102627
Sold / Unavailable
Length 43'0"
Year 1990
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Sleeping berths 6
Engine 1 x diesel 75hp, Yanmar 4JH4-TE (2007)
Lying Seattle


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Extra Details

Designer Hein Driehuyzen
Builder Nordic Yachts
Lying Seattle
Fuel capacity 119.9 USG Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 159.9 USG Total - 2 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 30.0 USG Total - 1 Tanks
Deadrise unknown
Last survey 07/01/2004


Engine 1 x diesel 75hp
Engine make and model Yanmar 4JH4-TE (2007)
Engine Hours engine1:   <100
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Prop(s) 20" 3 Blade Max-Prop
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Fuel consumption (approx) 1.0 USG /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 7 knots
Max speed (approx) 8.5 knots
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The Yanmar is brand new with less than 100 hours! The shaft was also replaced while the engine was out. The 20" 3-blade Max-Prop was sent back to the prop shop where it was overhauled and returned.

The boat has two battery banks consisting of 2-8D gel cells apiece. One set is dedicated to the inverter/windlass and the other is the start/house bank -- this set was new in 2009. They are both charged by two engine-driven alternators of 150 amp and 70 amp capacity. This is all controlled by the Trace inverter/charger system. She also has a pole mounted KISS wind generator currently not installed for local cruising.


Length 43'0"
LWL 36'0"
Beam 12'8"
Draft Max 6'0"
Airdraft 59'6"
Displacement 21,500.0lbs
Headroom 6'10"
Storage In water


Cutter rigged Custom Yachtech Aluminium spars (1992) with Rod standing rigging (1992)


Reefing mainsail North - Inmast (1992)
Headsail - Furling (1992)
Other sails staysail (unknown year)
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The double-spreader mast and rod rigging were custom made for Sceptre by Yachttech, Canada. The mast was stripped, checked and repainted during the 2006 refit. The in-mast roller furling main is by North Sails, as are the 135% furling genoa and the hank on staysail. These sails were also sent back to North Sail's loft during the refit where they were cleaned, repaired or recut as needed, and pronounced ready for many more years of offshore cruising!

The boat features a complement of nine over-sized self tailing Lewmar winches including massive Lewmar 56 sheet winches. All lines are led aft from the mast though Lewmar spinlock line stoppers to four winches mounted on the coachroof. This allows all normal sail trim to be adjusted from the safety of the cockpit, protected behind the laminated tempered glass windscreen and dodger. The cutter rig features a highfield lever on the inner forestay to allow storage at the mast until needed. The standing rigging was designed with permanent "running backstays" to take the load on the rig when the storm staysail is in use.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 4 batteries charged by: engine, wind generator, shore power


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Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Finish Paint finish

Designed to handle the demands of high latitude oceans, this proven passage maker is heavily built. The full skeg hung rudder, solid fiberglass hull, adequate freeboard, high bridge deck and fast draining cockpit are just some of the many design features that demonstrate her offshore pedigree. With an 8700 pound fin and a D/L ratio of 206 she is plenty stiff but still capable of routine 150 NM days! In Fact the previous owners saw 180 miles on more than a few occasions!


Total # of berths 6
No. of double berths 3
Cabin(s) 3
Sink 1
Shower 2
Heads 1 heads (Manual)
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Leaving the cockpit through the wide companionway, you descend three steps to the salon. You are immediately struck by the amount of light admitted by the wrap-around windows. You realize at once that this is ABSOLUTELY NOT" a typical "hole in the water" sailboat main cabin.

To port is the large U-shaped galley. Designed to support long-distance passage making and extended live-aboard time, this galley has tremendous amounts of storage. It features a large Novacool refrigerator/freezer, 3-burner Force 10 stove/oven, and a double sink with both fresh and salt water foot pumps to supplement the pressure water system.

To starboard is the large self-draining hanging wet locker and the entrance to the aft guest cabin, which features a double berth, chest of drawers and a hanging locker. This cabin also doubles as a superb underway sea berth for the off watch crew!

Looking forward at the bright and airy main salon reveals the true genius behind this boat -- her designer Hein Driehuyzen. To starboard lies a raised settee with seating for 6. It's positioned high enough to allow even "vertically-challenged" crew members to enjoy the outside view. This settee also converts to an extra double berth and has many built-in storage compartments.

To port lies the nerve center of this wonderful yacht. Dual leather captain's chairs swivel to face the large nav station and electronics suite. The forward nav/helm seat also raises to allow the helmsman to comfortably helm the boat from her inside steering station. This is a wonderful and safe feature when motoring in inclement weather.

One step down and continuing forward brings you to the owner's suite. To starboard is the spacious head with its large separate shower compartment. Across the passageway is a 6 foot wall of hanging lockers and built-in drawers, a liveaboard's dream. Forward from here takes you to the queen berth with more hanging lockers and built-in seating.

The entire interior gleams with exquisite teak joinery and makes you feel like you are surrounded by fine sea-going furniture!

( the original esdpar heater has been removed with the intent of putting in a new unit.. The ducting and fuel/exhaust components are in place.correction made 03/05/10

3 burner propane Stove

Nav Equipment

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She features all the required nav gear for blue water sailing including SSB, GPS, VHF with DSC, radar and autopilot. All the gear is in good condition but somewhat dated. If you have money to burn she could benefit from a combined radar/chartplotter at the cockpit helm but she has logged many thousands of safe offshore miles with her present nav suite.( The Hf radio allows the use of a computer to download weather maps but she does not have a separate stand alone weather fax. correction added 03/05/10)

Deck Gear

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3 halyard winches
6 sheet winches
Electric Quick windlass
3 anchors
(CQR and Fortress)
250'0" of chain
300'0" of rode
Avon dinghy (unknown year)
There were custom chocks installed to securely carry the RIB on the spacious foredeck. The new heavily-built dodger mates perfectly with the thick tempered glass windshield to provide the protection of a hard dog house dodger for the crew. Heavy stainless handrails are incorporated for security when going forward in a seaway.
The sugar scoop transom and quick-attach boarding ladder makes recovering a MOB with the included Lifesling that much easier.( the aft bimini frame is in place and a zipper is installed on the custom dodger to accept the fabric bimini tp but the actual fabric needs to be fabricated.correction added 03/05/10)

Safety Equipment

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4 bilge pumps (2 manual / 2 electric)

The ultimate safety of this boat is in its design and construction. Having said that, she does come with a life raft (needs inspection/repacking) and a fully found ditch bag just in case!

Broker's Comments

These much-sought-after blue water passage makers seldom come to market -- when they do they are quickly gone again! The Sceptre line was built between 1982 and 1993 with North American craftsmanship, and was recognized as "not just another sailboat", but a true game changer in design and construction. Clearly influenced by his European training, the designer Hein Dreihuyzen produced what many consider the first true deck salon, while retaining the all-weather inside steering capability of the Northern European pilot house designs. It went on to be named in Ferenc Mates "World's Best Sailboats".

Each Sceptre was built to order allowing the owners to make many subtle changes to the interiors, and no two are alike. This vessel was built for a very knowledgeable sailing couple who intended to live aboard and cruise long distances. It fulfilled their every expectation for the next 12 years and thousands of offshore miles. When it was time to move on she was bought by another couple with their own dreams. Having decided before hand that only a Sceptre would do, they waited until one came on the market and purchased her in 2004. The survey revealed that years of cruising in the warm tropics had resulted in a hull with blistering. The new owners did not want anyone to touch the boat but the original builders, so off to her birthplace she went. It was decided after consultation with the builder to do a major refit, including the addition of the transom extension, resulting in the 43 that she is today. Her hull was completely peeled down to the mat and dried, and then her bottom was restored with new gel-coat and epoxy barrier coat, returning her hull to like-new condition. While this was going on the mast and rigging were inspected and refit and then repainted by the original spar manufacturer. The decks were taken down to bare fiberglass and a new more aggressive nonskid top coat applied. The owners then topped it all off with a lovely new blue paint job on the hull!

The boat was returned to the water and it became apparent that the extra waterline length was a great success, adding almost a knot to her cruising speed. The sugar scoop transom is both elegant and functional!

The following summer while still getting to know her the owners concluded that the original Yanmar was beginning to show her age, so back on the hard she went for a new Yanmar engine, shaft and stuffing box.

After all of this work and money the painful decision has been made by the present owners that they will not be leaving to pursue their cruising dream any time soon and they have decided to let the boat go. This presents an amazing opportunity for the next lucky owner.

Always remember that as important as good sailing characteristics are, many a sailor has learned that if the boat is a deep, dark and damp place to live you will soon be sailing alone!! That is what makes these boats so sought after by knowledgeable cruisersl

This Sceptre 43 has been personally photographed and viewed by Paul Crouch of Boatshed Seattle. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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