Brief details Builder Dufour Yachts (France)

Gib Sea 43 has been awarded the Cruising Worlds Boat of the Year Award for Best Production Boat under $200,000 for the year 2003. This did not happen accidentally as the Dufour Gib Sea series was designed and developed after extensive consultation with boat buyers and users around the world. Uncluttered space, light and airy interiors finished in fine teak, volume and more volume, superior headroom throughout, defined and accessible vital technical access, along with superb engine access are built into the Gib Sea models..

A very modern sailing yacht with luxurious wide interior and excellent sailing capabilities!

The Gib'Sea 43 is a very spacious cruising yacht with an interesting and flexible interior layout. She has a substantial twin-spreader masthead rig and a spacious cockpit with twin wheels. The design was awarding a Cruising Sailboat of the Year award when introduced, and with 14 ft beam carried well aft is able to have two good double cabins aft, plus a very clever 'convertible' layout forward, where the forward part of the boat can be either one large en-suite cabin plus seating, or be split into two separate cabins, one double, one Pullman-style twin. LOA 42' 8" Sail area 968 sq ft LWL 35' 9" Rig Sloop Beam 14' 0" Cabins 3/4 Draught 5' 7" Berths 8-10 Displacement 22,712 lbs Engine Yanmar 4-JH diesel Ballast 6,174 lbs BHP 56 bhp Keel type Iron bulbed fin keel and spade rudder Gibert Marine was founded in 1972, initially as a builder of small keelboats. They soon progressed to being a major builder of cruising-orientated yachts. Gib'Seas have always featured simply fitted but very practical interiors, on well built hulls. Although often written as Gibsea, the name of the boats has always been Gib'Sea. By the mid 1990s the company was struggling to compete as an independent builder with the larger and more highly automated productions of Beneteau, and Gibert Marine were taken over by Dufour in 1997, who continued to produce a range of yachts under the Gib'Sea name - these retaining the simple open interiors that had always been a feature of the Gib'Sea brand. Dufour also collaborated with the Italian boatyard Cantiere del Pardo in the build of the Gib'Seas. The Gib'Sea 43 was designed by Olivier Poncin and J & J design, and shares the distinctive styling of several other models, including the Gib'Sea 33, 37, 41 and 51 ft models. These boats all share the "delphinière" - a dolphin nose shaped mini-bowsprit that continues the deck line outboard to house a self-stowing anchor. The solid GRP hull is laid up with isophthalic resins and with Tawron aramid (kevlar) reinforcement, with a balsa sandwich deck and GRP inner mouldings. She has an iron bulbed keel and spade rudder. The Gib'Sea 43 is one of the beamiest monohulls of her length, and this gives a saloon which was described by 'Yachting Monthly' as ".... saloons don't come much bigger and brighter than this".

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