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Eastbay 43 Hardtop
Weight: 29,000 lbs
Water: 110 gals.
Fuel: 450 gals.
Power: (2) 435-hp CAT 3208TA diesels
Cruise: 31 mph/2400 rpm
Max: 34.9 mph/2750 rpm
Base Price: $505,000
Price (as tested): $615,000
Standard items include:
This sophisticated craft boasts the unmistakable lines of a Down East cruiser. Based on the hull and deck of the builder's 43 Express, the Hardtop version features a full fiberglass enclosure for the helm and bridge deck. As a result, it's a good choice for boaters in northern locales who want to extend the cruising season; a reverse-cycle air conditioning system is available as an option for this purpose. The boat is also suited to those who want to entertain on deck at any time of the year with good weather protection.
I tested the 43 on Long Island Sound last October with Scott Fraser of Boatworks Yacht Sales in Rowayton, Ct. I can certainly attest to the comfort level of the enclosed bridge. Even with the aft drop curtain open, I didn't feel a hint of chill air. Sound levels measured at the helm with a decibel meter at cruise and top speed (85 and 87 dBs, respectively) indicated that guests might have to speak up to be heard over the twin 435-hp Caterpillar diesels, but not much. Between the port-side L-shaped settee and opposing bench seat, there's seating for 10.Under way
As we maneuvered in the calm waters near Greens Ledge Lighthouse, I noted the 43's excellent tracking characteristics. The deep-V hull offers a solid, stable ride. Although the boat comes standard with trim tabs, we didn't need them on this day. As for performance, the Eastbay cruised at 31 mph (2400 rpm) and ran 34.9 at wide open throttle (2750 rpm).
Like all Eastbays, this model is superbly finished. Latches, hinges and backing plates are stout. Welded stainless steel rails, high freeboard in the cockpit and wide walkarounds make for a safe platform when under way. Standard teak planking underfoot looks nowhere better than in the aft cockpit, where a wide transom door opens to a teak swim platform with transom shower and sturdy ladder.
Below, the master stateroom forward has a double island berth. The guest cabin is positioned portside and features over/under bunks. There's a full head with separate shower stall opposite the guest cabin. Aft, the U-shaped galley offers good bracing in a seaway and it's equipped with home-style appliances. Headroom throughout the cabin - even in the shower - is respectable at 6'3".
Although the 43 Hardtop is a modification of an existing model, the finish, seaworthiness, accommodations and enclosed deck define this new boat as a real standout.
3831 Trappe Landing Road
Trappe, MD 21673