Sailing yachts

Dalzell 43

(REF: 17991)


  • Designer: Dalzell, Steve
  • Builder: A.P. Farrow
  • Year: 1987
  • Location: Scotland
  • Length on deck: 43'
  • Beam: 12'2"
  • Draft: 6'6"

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Full specification

Wooden ships comments on this Dalzell 43
Builder: A.P. Farrow
Designer: Steve Dalzell
Keel: Fin

LOA: 13.10 m
Beam: 3.68 m
LWL: 10.24 m
Displacement: 10440 kgs Half Load

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Volvo Penta
Year Built: 1995
Engine Model: MD22L
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Propeller: Folding propeller

Fresh Water Tanks: 2 (200)
Fuel Tanks: 1 Stainless steel (50)

Number of single berths: 3
Number of double berths: 2
Number of cabins: 3
Number of heads: 1

Depthsounder – B&G Network
VHF – Icom ICM411
Log-speedometer – B&G Network
Plotter – Cobra chart plotter
Repeater(s) – B&G Network at chart table
Wind speed and direction – B&G Network
CD player
GPS – Furuno
Autopilot – Raymarine Autohelm ST7000. Linear Drive Unit.

Storm jib – Hood Sails
Furling genoa – As new condition. Crusader Sails 2012. Fitted on Hood Seafurl reefing system, fitted new 2003.
Fully battened mainsail – 2009
Genoa – #1 150% Hood.
Trisail – Saturn Sails. Fitted on dedicated track allowing sail to be bent on prior to heavy weather.
Spinnaker – complete with snuffer. Hood Sails

Steering wheel – Whitlock Pedestal. Stainless Steel wheel with formed timber rim.
Spinnaker pole

Inside Equipment
Electric bilge pump
Heating – Eberspacher Diesel fired hot air system. New 2009.
Battery charger – Victron Pallas 12/25
Hot water – Calorifier. 240 immersion heater and engine fed
Marine head – Lavac sea toilet
Oven – Taylors galley range. 2 burner, hot plate, grill and oven.
Manual bilge pump

Electrical Equipment
Shore power inlet – Ring main with sockets and immersion heater
Electrical Circuit: 12V

Outside Equipment/Extras
Teak sidedecks – Fitted new in 2011 by original builder
Liferaft – 4 person valise. Next service due May 2013.
Outboard engine brackets
Teak cockpit
Cockpit cushions
Radar reflector
Swimming ladder
Cockpit table
Wind generator – Air Breeze
Total Liferaft Capacity: 4
Electric windlass

Spray hood – Owen Sails 2012. Old cover cover also for winter use.
Mainsail cover

Dalzell 43

Additional EquipmentNavigation and Electronics

  • Navtec ICS – paper model.
  • Icom IC-M802 SSB radio
  • Plastimo ships clock, barometer and hydrometer set

Ground Tackle & Mooring Equipment

  • 45lb CQR anchor on 70m, 10mm chain rode.
  • Fortress F37 kedge anchor.
  • Twin stainless steel bow rollers


  • McMurdo G4-406GPS EPIRB
  • 2 off Lifebuoys
  • Jackstays, webbing type fitted new 2010. (removed when not in use)
  • 4 off Lifejackets
  • Emergancy tiller


ConstructionThe hull is constructed in West System timber epoxy. Columbian Pine strip planking with triple diagonal (one horizontal, two diagonal) mahogany planks outboard, sheathed with a glass laminate. Combined with large laminated mahogany frames the hull is extremely strong and stiff. All timber within the hull structure is bonded with West Epoxy and full coated with epoxy to create a durable finish requiring minimal maintenance.The decks are constructed of a marine play sub-deck, fully coated in epoxy over which the teak deck has been laid, again bonded and caulked with epoxy. The boat was taken back to the original builders (A.P. Farrow, Grimsby) in 2011 when the original teak deck was removed and replaced with a new deck, fitted with thicker teak planks than the original.The coachroof is again constructed from epoxy coated ply wood over laminated mahogany framing.


Spars & RiggingCutter rigged sloop with removable inner forestay on Highfield lever type tensioner and running backstays for use with inner forestay. Hydraulic backstay tensioner. Fitted with original Proctor alloy spars, painted white.All standing rigging of stainless steel wire construction with roll swaged ends. Standing rigging subject to rolling replacement through current ownership.


EngineVolvo Penta MD22L marine diesel engine fitted in dedicated engine space below companionway steps. Engine compartment opening from front and rear providing easy access for all routine maintenance. Engine serviced annually during current ownership with oil changes at approximately every 150 hours.75 amp alternator fitted with Adverc smart charger system and blocking diode.

  • Domestic batteries – 3 off 75Ah. Fitted new 2009.
  • Engine battery – 1 off 110Ah.

Conventional gearbox and sterngear with Gori 3 blade folding prop fitted in 1995.


Below DecksThe timber construction of the hull and decks is visible from inside the boat, combined with the white bulkheads and head lining panels the varnished frames, coachroof sides epoxy coated hull planking creates a light yet warm feeling interior with that classic appearance. All internal joinery is finished to a high standard with good quality solid timber used through out.The forepeak has large expanses of varnish mahogany visible and offers a twin berth in the normal V-berth configuration with large storage bins beneath the bunks, ideal for the storage of sails and other bulky items. A number of smaller lockers are provided aft of the bunks port and starboard for the storage of personal effects.The saloon is of a good practical size with a sensible layout. The substantial drop leaf mahogany table is located centrally aft of the keel stepped mast with a straight saloon settee to starboard and an L-shaped settee to port. Both settees create single bunks with lee-cloths for use at sea. Extensive storage is provided throughout the saloon in selection of open fronted lockers and storage lockers outboard of the settees. The Pale blue alcantara type upholstery is clean and tidy throughout. The light saloon offers a plesant and spacious space for any social occasions.To starboard of the companionway is situated the large chart table. Working surface is provided for a full size chart with two dedicated storage drawers for charts below. Additional drawers are provided in the unit for Bosuns gear etc. The working area has been designed with use at sea in mind and all displays are readily visible.Aft of the chart table is the heads compartment. Finished in white formica panelling the area is bright and easily cleaned. Comprising of a Lavac sea toilet, sink with hot and cold water faucet and shower the heads provides all required comforts.The galley to port opposite the chart table is of a good size and would easily manage catering for a full crew. Tiled worktops with well proportioned timber fiddles have obviously been designed for a life of use at sea, the wrap around shaped of the worktop allows the ships cook to wedge in during heavy conditions. With twin stainless steel sinks, top opening fridge, Taylors galley range cooker and a wide selection of lockers the galley is equipped for serious use.The large aft cabin contains a single bunk to port and a compact double to starboard with a good wide passageway providing easy acces between. A selection of lockers again provides good storage with ample hanging space for a full crews wet gear.


On DeckOn deck the quality of build and fit out is evident, all fittings on board appear to be substantial, oversized and of the best quality. The recently fitted teak decks are in as new condition with the original cockpit timber work being in excellent condition also.The foredeck is well protected for crew working up forward with a stout pulpit rail and substantial guard wires running the boats length. A sizable anchor locker is access through a dedicated water tight deck hatch and provides additional storage space for fenders etc if required.Good wide sidedecks provide great access around the boat. With stout ‘granny bars’ fitted in way of the mast additional security is provided for crew members when reefing in heavy weather.The cockpit is laid out with the helm position at the aft end. The deep coamings provide excellent protection for all crew in the large cockpit. Lockers are provided beneath the port side bench seating and beneath the helmsman’s seat. A separate lazarette locker is accessed through the watertight deck hatch on the aft deck.


Owners CommentIona of Rhu is a very strong, fast and capable yacht. She was built by a very discerning original owner who went to considerable efforts and expense to own a dream yacht capable of going anywhere. She has sailed to the tropical waters of the Caribbean and to the cold Arctic. Having bought her following an 18 month search taking us all over Europe no money has been spared maintaining the vessel which was intended to be used for extended adventures into the Arctic (current owners are recipients of the RCC’s coveted Tilman Medal for sailing and climbing in the frozen North).Since buying the boat we have sailed twice around Iceland and the Faroe Islands, towards the Greenland ice. During these passages she has proved to be a very comfortable passage maker capable of good performance. During one particularly bad passage she beat against 45+ knots for a period of 24 hours in cold Arctic waters making a gain of over 90 miles. Prior to our ownership, when competing in the ARC during 2003 the boat was first boat home in her class and went on to complete the whole Atlantic Circuit inside 12 months. In 2004 while competing in the West Highland Week Yachting regatta she also won her class for the week overall.The boat is sadly and regrettably for sale due to ill health.


These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.

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These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.