For Sale: 2011 Beneteau 43.3, $119,000

Having sailed this boat throughout the Eastern Caribbean, from Grenada to St. Thomas, over the last three winters, we’ve agreed that it is time to bid farewell to our beloved Marlinspike.

This was the perfect boat for us: already located down island, ideally suited to the conditions and the lifestyle, a good sailer, affordable, with simple and reliable systems, and plenty of space for friends and family.

Marlinspike is in even better shape now than when we acquired her two and a half years ago. She’s ready to help YOU get YOUR cruise on!

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43′ Beneteau Oceanis 43.3
Model Year: 2011
Asking Price: US $119,000
Located: Puerto del Rey Marina, Fajardo, PR
Hull: Fiberglass
Engine: Yanmar 4JH5E Diesel, 54 HP

MARLINSPIKE, ex-MILLEPORA, was built in France in 2010 for The Moorings. This model has a three-cabin, three-head layout with 6’6″ headroom, a spacious main saloon with skylights, and dockside air conditioning. Her powerful and reliable Yanmar diesel and three-bladed prop make her a dream under power, and she sails great with her fin keel and 6’7″ draft.

In 2016 MILLEPORA was phased out of The Moorings fleet and offered for sale. She was exhaustively surveyed that October, both in and out of the water, by David Duong of Marine Surveyors in St. Martin. 51 items were presented to The Moorings for replacement, adjustment or repair. Our purchase went through in November 2016. Since then, over $8,000 worth of improvements have been made:

Original French registry deleted; vessel documented as a US vessel #1274649
Addition of flexible solar panels, carried atop the bimini
Addition of charge controller for solar power, installed with house bank
Purchase of new (2016) 11′ Caribe RIB
Purchase of new (2016) 5-hp Nissan outboard
New windlass remote (2017)
New autopilot interface (2017)
New mainsheet (2016)
New engine-start battery (2017)
New AGM house batteries (2018)
New bridle snubber (2018)
New Jabsco pump assemblies for all three heads
Much miscellaneous equipment & spares

And the following work has been carried out:

Genoa and mainsail cleaned and restitched (2017)
Bimini repaired and reinforced (2018)
Mainsail cover repaired and reinforced, new zipper (2018)
Liferaft inspected and repacked (Nov 2016)
Engine filters & fluids checked and changed per schedule

For much, much more info on the boat, our improvements, and our experiences sailing her the last three winters, please check out our blog:

Additional Specs, Equipment, and Info:

Builder/Designer: Beneteau, Berret-Racoupeu
Year Built: 2010
Model Year: 2011
Commissioned: December 2010
Hull No: FR-SPBBV501I011
Flag: US
LOA: 43′
Beam: 13’6″
Draft: 6’7″
Displacement: 19,290 lbs
Keel Ballast: 5,732 lbs


Yanmar 4JH5E
HP: 54
Cylinders: 4
Cooling: Heat exchanger
Hours: 3000 (Est.)
Gear Box: Kanzaki
Controls: TFX
Drive to Prop: Direct
Prop: 3-blade fixed


Voltage: 12V / 110V
Batteries: 2 Lifeline AGM house batteries, 1 engine start battery
Charging: Hitachi 80A alternator; solar panels; 25A dockside charger
Generator: No
Shore power: Yes, with cables


Fuel: One PVC tank, 200 liters / 53 gallons
Water: Two PVC tanks, 360 liters / 95 gallons


Sloop rig
Aluminum mast, SS wire rigging
Double spreaders
Roller-furling genoa (Pro Furl)
Stackpack for mainsail stowage
Slab reefing, two sets


Mainsail: Ullman, 2014, repaired & restitched 2017
Genoa: Ullman, 2014, repaired & restitched 2017


Genoa winches (2) Harken 46, two-speed, self-tailing
Sheet winch (1) Harken 40, two-speed, self-tailing
Halyard winch (1) Harken 40, two-speed, self-tailing


The 43.3 sleeps eight in three double cabins and the saloon, where the table drops down and converts to a double berth. The two aft cabins each have a large double berth with hanging and shelf storage. The forward double cabin also has a hanging locker and shelf storage. One can pass directly from the forward berth and from the aft port berth into the adjoining heads, for privacy. Navy blue microfiber upholstery in all three berths is in great condition. Cream vinyl upholstery in the saloon is in good condition, with custom-made covers (2017).

Interior construction is in a light wood finish, with synthetic laminate flooring and formica on hard-wear areas. Fans in cabins, saloon, and galley. Max headroom is 6’6″.

The galley is to port, equipped with an Eno two-burner gas cooker with oven and grill, a large top-opening fridge with a small freezer, and a double SS sink. A full 10-lb propane tank is good for about two months of daily cooking. The dedicated propane locker aft can fit two tanks.

There are three heads, each with a sink, shower attachment, mirror and storage. Each head has its own holding tank and direct thru-hull. All three Jabsco head pump assemblies have been replaced since 2016.

Hot & cold pressure water in the galley, heads, and transom shower. An electronic pump next to the stove drains the fridge. Two Cruisair air conditioning systems are installed, each with their own control, with outlets in the cabins and saloon. There is a 110V TV mounted in the saloon.


Primary: Delta 40-lb plow with 130′ all-chain rode
Secondary: Brittany (Danforth type) with chain and rope
Windlass: Quick 1000w / 12v with remote and dedicated breaker at battery panel


Each of the twin wheels has an Olympic 135 compass with cover
Raymarine Tridata ST70 echosounder
Raymarine Ray 49 VHF
Raymarine ST70 autopilot and chartplotter; autopilot control is new (2017)
Windex mounted, but does not send data


Running lights, anchor light
Pulpit, pushpit, plain SS wire lifelines
Dodger and bimini in good condition, plastic is clear
Pioneer Radio / CD player
WiFi booster (currently not deployed)
Fire extinguishers serviced 2016; access port to engine room
Flares, smokes, signaling mirror, distress flag
Six lifejackets with personal lights
Automatic and manual bilge pumps
Flares, strobe, Plastimo Lifesling-style MOB device
Swim ladder
11′ Caribe RIB, fiberglass and Hypalon, fair to good condition (2016)
5 HP Nissan outboard engine, excellent condition (2016) with gas tank and gas line (2016)
Docklines (4) and fenders (6)
Cutlery, crockery, coffee maker, utensils
Plastimo liferaft, serviced Nov. 2016, due for re-inspection
Emergency tiller
Dinghy anchor and rode (Danforth style)
5-gallon jerry cans for water and diesel
Brush, bucket, trash cans, etc
Portable solar lamp; solar flag light on transom
Many engine spares: belt, fuel filter, impeller, oil filter, shaft zinc, etc.



6 thoughts on “For Sale: 2011 Beneteau 43.3, $119,000

      1. Guys, it’s my pleasure. I’m really bummed you’re done and have not just thought of doing it for an extended cruise. We leave San Diego in Oct and would love to meet you in the Caribbean in a couple years- I’ve reblogged your post and it will hit on Monday.


    1. Originally we thought we would continue on to Cuba, but under the current Administration, travel to Cuba has gotten harder, not easier. So Puerto Rico becomes a decision point: turn around and go back to the beginning? Or sell the boat, do something else for a few winters, and come back again with the grandkids?

      I think we’ve discovered that we like this cruising life. If we can stay healthy, we’ll be back. But there are also other things we want to do. So we’re going to sell the boat as is, rigged and ready to go and perfectly set up for someone to do exactly what we’ve done the last three winters.


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