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1986 Bristol 43.3

White Stone, Virginia


"ARIEL", a Bristol 43.3 Center Cockpit, is a classic Ted Hood design that has been well maintained and customized for long distance cruising. She is comfortable, safe, with a good turn of speed and with her centerboard up she draws only 4'-9" getting you into virtually every cove on the bay. The owner's stateroom has the in-line, on-center island berth with private head. The galley is well equipped The high aspect sloop rig has a furling mainsail system. and is ready to take you wherever your heart desires. Ariel has crossed Oceans and is ready for her next adventure. The list of upgrades is long and well spelled out in the specifications. There is also a lot of spare parts and extras that goes with this vessel. This Bristol is worth seeing. Call before she is gone.



Basic Boat Info

Price: $129,950
Boat Name: Ariel
Make: Bristol
Model: 43.3
Year: 1986
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Bristol
Designer: Ted Hood
Construction: Fiberglass
Keel Type: Centerboard


Length: 43 ft
Length Overall: 43'3 ft
Length Of Deck: 41 ft
Waterline Length: 33'7 ft
Beam: 12'11 ft
Max Draft: 10 ft
Min Draft: 4'6 ft
Displacement: 26,530 lb
Bridge Clearance: 59'6 ft
Ballast: 10,500 lb
Single Berths: 2
Double Berths: 1
Cabins Count: 3

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Beta Marine
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 50hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze, Feathering
  • Engine Location: Center


Fuel Tanks: 4
Fuel Tank Capacity: 204 gal
Fuel Tank Material: Aluminum
Water Tanks: 2
Water Tank Capacity: 80 gal
Holding Tank Count: 2
Holding Tank Capacity: 62 gal


Heads Count: 2
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Center Cockpit, Cruisers


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Hawkins Boat Brokerage
170 Green's Cove Rd
Deltaville, Virginia, US, 23043
Tel:(804) 387-5786

General Information



In mast furled unbattened loose footed main (Ullman Sails new 2014).  Modified to provide extra strength when operating with a deep reef in heavy air.

Hood electric in-mast furling system (factory serviced in 2012).

Yankee cut Genoa (about 110) with Schaefer line furling

Heavy staysail with a Kevlar luff (no stay) two part halyard and roller furling (Ullman Sails)

Cruising chute with sock.

Spare 120 genoa.


Standing Rigging


All new 2014

New chain plates and 316 stainless steel bolts in 2014

Hydraulic backstay adjuster with back-up turnbuckle replacement.


Running Rigging


All new 2014 (except staysail halyard)

Custom preventer system for the main

Carbon fiber telescoping downwind pole (Forte Carbon)stored on the mast with mast track.- deployed with fore guy, after guy and topping lift and controlled from the cockpit (2014)

Two dedicated spinnaker halyards



Lofran Tigres anchor windlass on deck

240 feet galvanized high test 3/8” anchor chain

66 lb (20 Kg) Bruce type galvanized anchor.

25 lb Danforth second anchor with 30 feet of 3/8” chain and 120 feet of nylon rode.

Two primary Lewmar 55 sheet winches

Two secondary Andersen 40ST sheet winches

Two halyard winches on the mast Lewmar 40

One Lewmar 43 general purpose winch on the cabin top

Two removable dorades forward

Custom full enclosure bimini and dodger on white oak frame

9 ft AB  aluminum hull RIB with 9,9 HP Tohatsu 4 stroke outboard (low hours)

KATO stainless steel davits

Pole mounted dinghy motor lift with rail mounted motor storage

Deck tie down rings for securing the dinghy on the deck forward

Folding transom steps

Reel mounted on the stern rail with 240 feet of nylon line (tape)

One external propane locker with two fiberglass 20 lb propane tanks (new)

One all purpose lazarete on deck aft

Four large Bowmar deck ventilation hatches with custom insect screens (re-sand blasted and powder coated in 2014)

Fixed rail aft 30” high extending forward to the mid-ship gates

Hydronautic self steering system mounted on the transom, compatible with the dinghy suspended in the davits

Rudder post stuffing box is a custom two part stainless steel fixture sealed with “o” rings and a grease fitting

Salt water wash down pump




Main engine – 50 HP Beta marine four cylinder naturally aspirated diesel  (basically a Kubota tractor engine, spares available cheap anywhere in the world)

Three bladed bronze feathering J propeller

Dripless seal

5 KW Norpro generator

140 amp Balmar 6 engine alternator powered by a serpentine belt

140 amp Xantrex inverter charger

House battery bank - three Lifeline 8D AGM batteries

Engine start – Lifeline group 28 AGM

Generator start – Lifeline group 28 AGM

Balmar Smart Gauge

Super Wind three bladed wind generator mounted on a dedicated pole on the aft deck

Electric/engine coolant hot water heater

110 volt AC panel

Air conditioning unit forward

Air conditioning unit aft

Frigoboat keel cooled 12 volt freezer unit

Frigoboat keel cooled 12 volt refrigerator unit

Webasto hydronic diesel heater with three independently operation zones

Sea Recovery Aqua Whisper reverse osmosis AC driven water maker (runs on the generator).  Unit makes 25 gallons per hour.

Forward head with integral shower

Aft head with separate shower compartment (small)

Aft stateroom with centerline queen bunk

Forward vee berth with single bunk and additional storage space

Portside settee with lee cloth for a good sea berth

Generous navigation seat and chart table




Total of 204 gallons diesel in four tanks.  60 gallons and 40 gallons under the main cabin sole – tanks 3/16” aluminum and replaced in 2006.  The main cabin sole is completely removable so the tanks can be individually removed if required (easy but time consuming). 52 gallons in 3/16” aluminum tanks on the main deck aft port and starboard incorporated into the aft railing.  These tanks communicate with the hull tanks.

Two potable water tanks. 30 gallons on the port side and 50 gallons under the vee berth

Black water holding tank forward – 50 gallon with deck pump out and macerator

Black water holding tank aft – 12 gallons with deck pump out and macerator




ICOM 506 VHF radio with command mike in the cockpit

ICOM 802 single side band radio

Furuno 14” chart plotter at the helm

Furuno 8” chart plotter at the nav station

Furuno 4KW digital radar

Furuno wind instruments

Furuno autopilot control

AIS (send and receive) integrated into chart plotter

Accusteer hydraulic autopilot with a double acting hydraulic cylinder and separate hydraulic pump with external header tank.  Unit is connected to an Edson bronze arm mounted on the rudder post – all pins in double shear

Bad Boy internet boost antenna

TV antenna

Two completely separate GPS units one mounted on the aft radar pole and one in the cabin above the nav station

Iridium GO satellite communication system with dedicated antenna

AM/FM radio and four speakers







Viking six man life raft

MOM 8 man overboard system

New battery powered flare that meets USCG requirements for flares

Man overboard pole

Two sets of clip in pad eyes in the cockpit

Fore and aft jack lines

Tricolor light at the masthead

Folding mast steps to the spreaders and a pair of folding mast steps at the mast head

Remote operated fire suppression system for the engine compartment


Europe Modifications


Standard European 220 volt shore power connection

220 volt battery charger

220/110 volt transformer with rotary switch to run air conditioning units and water heater

Propane adapters for all European countries (I have filled the tanks in Norway, UK and Spain).

Passarel that mounts on the bow for Mediterranean moor situations

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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