Beneteau Cyclades 43.4

Cyclades 43.4

The Cyclades 43 is a nice design that was perfected for the charter trade but is an excellent inexpensive option for any type of Greek cruising.

The engine is a Yanmar 56 HP with excellent access via both the aft cabins and the companionway. This is the classical Beneteau way as seen on their 50 Oceanises. The companionway access while excellent is kind of clumsy. The ladder swings upward and has no obvious way to secure it unlike the clever fixture on a Passport 40. I would of preferred that they had the ladder hinge downward for safety and easiness. The upward swing is limited in clearance to about horizontal which forces you to crawl under the ladder for access. The standard prop is a fixed three bladed one off the small skeg.

The deck is easy to walk around with outboard mounted chainplates and minimal hardware and a nice non skid. The Profurl roller furling is all the way forward and the chainplate of the forestay ties outboard into the blunt bow. The bow is equipped with a dual roller chock. Directly behind is an electric vertical Quick windlass mounted at deck level in front of the chainlocker. This allows easy access to the hatch without messing around with the chain or windlass. The railings slip over the stanchions and give way a bit when you lean against them. The cabin trunk quickly slopes up with room for the dinghy. Four stainless steel handrails decorate the cabintrunk along with two Lewmar hatches. There are no dorades which is becoming another French style statement. Six boring, identical portholes line each trunk cabin side. Both the upper and lower shrouds tie outboard which combines with the short, side deck mounted genoa tracks, swept spreaders, and a very small J dimension. More on the sailing implications of this orientation later. The main is the standard rig with internal halyards and all lines running to the cockpit. There is no traveler standard though one could easily be installed in front of the dodger and would be a nice upgrade. There is not a cover either for the cockpit leading lines. She is equipped with a topping lift and no boom vang.
Moorings outfits the aft cockpit with a nice wide awning for shade. It is loosing bound and not a secure handhold. The cockpit has long benches and a large companionway sill forward. The ergonomics are perfect, and this cockpit is really what the design is all about. You spend most of your time here, and this is especially important to charter guests. Under the benches are deep lockers port and starboard. The molded cockpit table is not a work of art but functional and durable. It is the same as you will see on Jeanneaus. The 43 has twin helms of course sharing the same steering. This trait opens up access to the swim platform. The emergency steering is in the centerline here between the helms. The master helm is starboard side with the ignition controls. The swim platform has one step with storage port and starboard for diving gear. A swim ladder is starboard side as well as a cockpit shower locker.

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Additional Info

  • Length: 43 ft
  • Beam: 4,43m
  • Cabins: 4
  • Builder: Benetau
  • W.C: 2
  • Passengers: 9
  • Year Built: 2007
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