£109,000 tax paid

Fantastic example of this iconic Baltic

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelBaltic Yachts 43
DesignerJudel/Vrolijk & Co.
Boat NamePolar Bear III
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
Tax/VAT StatusTax paid
LyingHamble, United Kingdom


LOA13.2m (43'0")
LWL10.9m (35'0")
Beam4.18m (13'0")
Draft2.45m (8'0")
Hull ConstructionGRP
EngineVolvo Penta D2-40hp
Keel TypeFin Keel

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    Judel/Vrolijk designed Baltic 43 with just two owners from new, well equipped with many updates over the years and ready to go. An iconic design and capable of everything from crossing oceans to sailing around the cans.


    Launched in 1987 for her original Finnish owner, ‘POLAR BEAR III’ has just two private owners since new. Under her first ownership, she had the benefit of the short Scandinavian sailing seasons with winters spent ashore in a heated boat shed. Her current UK-based owners purchased her in 2004 and have enjoyed local cruising around the UK’s South Coast, English Channel and down to Northern Spain and Portugal. Although mainly used for cruising POLAR BEAR III has competed in the occasional Round the Island Race where she has demonstrated her competitiveness with a class win.

    Continuing the trend set by the first owner, POLAR BEAR III has continued to benefit for storage ashore each winter with her current owners carrying out numerous updates and upgrades over the past seasons including replacement of the teak decks in 2005 (the decks are covered over every winter to minimise wear-and-tear), new engine in 2007 and replacement rod standing rigging in 2017.

    Whilst enjoying great performance, POLAR BEAR III is a great example of Baltic Yachts’ also legendary build quality and attention to detail which creates a boat with superb seakeeping qualities. A Baltic Yacht is very much a connoisseur’s choice of boat for those who really appreciate fine build quality combined with great timeless design and performance. After so many years of ownership ‘POLAR BEAR III’ is only being sold to make way for a larger Baltic.

    ‘POLAR BEAR III’s specification highlights include:
    • 3-cabin, 2-heads interior layout with master stateroom aft.
    • Replaced Volvo Penta D2-40 diesel engine with Gori 3-blade feathering propeller.
    • Replaced rod standing rigging.
    • Replaced teak to deck and cockpit.
    • 12vDC watermaker.
    • GPS chartplotter and radar
    • VHF radio.
    • Smart TV/DVD player.
    • Fusion sound system.
    • Replaced rudder blade stock and bearings.
    • Diesel heating.
    • Replaced electric anchor windlass.
    • Replaced batteries.
    • Solar panel.
    • Inverter.
    • Electric winches.
    • Removable inner forestay.
    • Mainsail stackpack & layzyjacks.
    • Inflatable tender & outboard motor.
    • Liferaft.

    ‘POLAR BEAR III’ has been carefully maintained, is British Part III Registered, deemed UK VAT Paid and ready to go for the sailing season.


    We’ve owned Polar Bear III, (Hull number 16) for 18 years and during that time she has proved herself to be a safe and comfortable sea boat; easily handled by two people. Her sailing qualities are legendary and much deserved. Memorably voyages are many including cross channel to France, Bay of Biscay to Spain and Portugal. But she is perfectly capable of undertaking long ocean voyaging.

    We fitted electric winches on main halyard/mainsheet and Lewmar 55 electric winches on jib to make sailing her easier for a short-handed crew and this has proved to be of real benefit. Also, the use of the water-maker reduced our dependency on marinas and ties to the shore.

    The accommodation works well whether for cruising or the occasional regatta. We have found on many occasions that the owner’s cabin is a haven of peace and comfort - irrespective of noise or weather.
    Overall Polar Bear III represents an excellent example of the Baltic 43 and is a tribute to Baltic Yachts’ build quality and Judel/Volijk design.

    She is always stored ashore over winter.


    “Baltic 43 was the second serial production model where we cooperated with Judel/Vrolijk as Naval Architects. Judel/Vrolijk had at this time been successful on the racing scene with similar sizes of yachts including Admiral Cup contenders like Container.

    The Baltic 43 was developed using experience from these successful racing projects combined with Baltic Yachts´ known capability in building light constructions. Detailed weight studies were carried out in order to establish a light, but still realistic and achievable displacement.

    The styling, deck and interior layout was done by our own designers. The interior incorporated the already well-known Baltic Yacht double centre berth owner´s cabin. The Baltic 43 also allowed more flexibility in layouts giving clients greater opportunity to customize their yacht.”

    Extract taken from the Baltic Yachts website



    RCD Status:
    • Our understanding is that the yacht is exempt from CE Confirmity as she was in use in the EEA prior to June 1998.

    Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:
    • Hull - GRP sandwich construction to the highest specification to provide an extremely rigid yet light and well insulated structure.
    • All high stress areas are especially strengthened and reinforced to accommodate localised loadings.
    • White topsides finish with a blue pinstripe.
    • Deck - Hand laid up moulded fibreglass with core stiffening, insulation and reinforcement incorporated in the way of deck fittings and winches.
    • Deck is bonded to the hull and through.
    • Teak laid decking to the side decks, cockpit seating and cockpit sole. – replaced 2005.
    • Hull bottom re-antifouled - Winter 2021/22.

    Keel & Rudder:
    • Deep keel bilge, limber holes to allow drainage of bilge to sump.
    • Lead antimony Fin keel.
    • Stainless steel keel bolts to an internal fabrication within the hull.
    • Replaced cantilevered semi-elliptical balanced spade rudder by Jeffa with high strength, sweater resistant Aluminium rudder stock and blade within internal skeleton – 2019.
    • Rudder roller bearings replaced 2019.


    Engine & gearbox:
    • Volvo Penta D2-40 in-line 4-cylinder 1.5 litre naturally aspirated diesel engine on shaft drive - 2007.
    • Freshwater cooling for reduced internal corrosion and enables the engine to maintain a consistent and optimal working temperature under all conditions.
    • Single lever throttle control.

    Engine Hours & Maintenance:
    • Engine serviced annually, last service, winter 2021/22.
    • Engine hours approx. 4,966 as of March 2022.

    Propulsion & Steering:
    • Gori 3-blade feathering bronze propeller.
    • Wheel steering with Elk hide covered stainless-steel wheel.
    • Emergency tiller.


    Voltage systems:
    • 12vDC domestic systems with 220vAC via shore-power socket and cable (shore-power inlet point to the transom) .

    • Victron Phoenix 1,600 inverter.
    • A/C / D/C electrical control panel at Nav. Station.

    Battery Banks:
    • 1x 12vDC engine start battery – 2018.
    • 4x 12vDC service batteries linked in parallel – 2018.
    • Battery isolator switches under the bed the Owner’s Cabin.

    • Victron 30Amp 12v battery charger.

    • Sunwave solar panel to the cabin roof.
    • Sunwave Fox 350 monitor unit located in the locker behind the companionway steps.

    • 12vDC 115Amp engine-mounted alternator with an electronic senser to enable a higher battery capacity (produces at least 35Amp at engine idling speed and approximately 100Amp at engine cruising speed).


    Fresh Water:
    • The hot freshwater circuit is led into a well-insulated Sigmar Marine hot water tank, heated by the engine or 220v AC immersion heater element.
    • Pressurised water system.

    • ECO-Sistems 25 12v watermaker produces approximately 25 litres/hour.
    • Fully serviced winter 2022.


    • 170-litre fuel capacity.
    • Gauge at the chart table.
    • Deck filler.

    Fresh Water:
    • 240-litres water capacity in two tanks.
    • Gauge at the chart table.
    • Deck filler.

    Holding Tank:
    • Black water holding tank servicing aft heads.
    • Deck outlet.

    • Furuno Radar with enclosed radar scanner on a stainless-steel mast at the stern.
    • Raymarine E120 chartplotter and navigation cards.
    • Furuno GPS/WAAS Navigator GP-22 GPS (acts as a back-up).
    • Navtex ICS NAV6.
    • Raymarine ST6000 Autohelm.
    • GPS with antenna mounted on a T-shaped stainless-steel mast to the stern.
    • 3x Tacktick Micronet Maxi LCD displays with covers to the mast.
    • 3x Tacktick MN100 LCD displays at helm pedestal.
    • 2x Tacktick remote controls.
    • Tacktick MN100 LCD display for wind & depth to the nav. Station.
    • Brass clock and barometer mounted to the saloon bulkhead.
    • Radar reflector.
    • 2x Plastimo Helming compasses (1x to the cockpit & 1x to the helm pedestal).

    Communications Equipment:
    • ICOM 601M VHF radio with DSC.
    • VHF cockpit connector.
    • Masthead mounted VHF radio aerial.


    • Alpes stainless steel gimballed gas stove with 3-burners and oven, gas shutoff valve.
    • Keel cooled top opening 12vDC refrigerator.
    • Twin stainless-steel sinks with hot & cold pressurised fresh water supply.
    • Manual fresh water supply to galley sink with foot pump.
    • Manual saltwater supply to galley sink.

    • 2x Baby Blake manual flush heads serviced and maintained to retain the period feel of the vessel.
    • Hot & cold pressurised water supplies with a shower in both heads.
    • Additional manual water supplies to heads.

    Heating & Ventilation:
    • Eberspacher diesel fired warm air cabin heating with thermostatic controls to the Nav. Station & Owner’s Cabin.
    • Heater outlets to the; Fore Cabin, Guest/Day Heads, Saloon, Owner’s Cabin & Owner’s En-Suite.
    • 4x Durade cabin vents.
    • Electric fan to the; saloon, owner’s and guest cabins.

    • TV antenna at the masthead.
    • JVC Smart TV with integrated DVD mounted to the saloon bulkhead.
    • Fusion sound system.
    • Speakers to the cockpit & owner’s cabin.


    Summary of Accommodation:
    • Up to 6 berths in forward double cabin, owner’s cabin aft double cabin and twin berth mid-ships cabin, further occasional sleeping berths in saloon when dining table is lowered. Two heads.

    Accommodation Finish:
    • All joinery is teak faced with solid teak or laminated teak frames and capping. Satin varnish finish, all doors provided with retaining swing stops.
    • Kick plates on steps and chafing pieces on sills are provided.
    • English leather cream leather upholstery to the seats throughout the vessel.
    • Teak gratings in the heads.
    • Floorboards with laid teak veneer with holly inlay.
    • Access to bilge at appropriate points.
    • Soft lining panels to deck head.
    • Lee cloths in the owner’s cabin and guest cabin.

    Accommodation Layout from forward:

    Forepeak Cabin:
    • Offset double berth with infill to create larger double berth.
    • Storage space beneath berths for sails, rigging equipment etc.
    • Leather upholstered seat.
    • Hanging locker and storage space to port.
    • Deckhead ventilation/escape hatch.
    • Deckhead mounted downlight.
    • Bulkhead mounted teak shelf.
    • Heater outlet.

    Mid-ships Cabin:
    • Positioned to starboard.
    • Twin bunks to starboard, both fitted with lee cloths.
    • locker to forward end providing hanging and shelving space.
    • Adjacent access to day heads to port.
    • Deckhead ventilation hatch.
    • Reading lights.
    • Deckhead downlight.
    • Heater outlet.

    Forward Day/Guest Heads:
    • Moulded basin with mixer tap.
    • Separate retractable showerhead.
    • Separate filtered water tap with manual foot pump.
    • Teak grating.
    • Counter unit and storage.
    • Pressurised hot and cold water.
    • Blake manual flush heads serviced and maintained to retain the period feel of the vessel.
    • Toilet roll holder.
    • Soap holder.
    • Mirror.
    • 2x clothes hooks.
    • Deckhead ventilation hatch.
    • Deckhead downlight.
    • Teak grab rail.
    • Heater outlet.

    Main Saloon:
    • Dining area to port with dining table and U-shaped wrap around leather upholstered settee.
    • Dining table with 2x shallow internal storage lockers, lowers to allow the settee to convert to a double berth.
    • Table cushion infill to create the saloon bunk.
    • Bookshelves and lockers outboard.
    • Cabin windows to cabin superstructure with curtains.
    • Mood lighting.
    • Downlight.
    • 4x Scatter cushions.
    • Heater outlet.

    Navigation Station:
    • Positioned opposite saloon to starboard.
    • Chart table with internal storage and draw unit under.
    • Overhead lockable locker over chart table for chart storage.
    • Master electrical panel.
    • Leather upholstered Navigator’s seat.
    • Flexible Navigator’s red light for improved night vision.
    • Downlight.
    • Window to cabin superstructure with curtains.
    • Heater thermostatic control.

    • Linear galley on starboard side aft of chart table.
    • 2x Stainless-steel sinks opposite main galley area on yacht’s centreline beneath the cockpit, downlight over.
    • Stowage in lockers (some with ventilation louvres), racks and drawers.
    • Bottle store cupboard.
    • Work top with deep fiddles.
    • Hanging drying locker by entrance to Owner’s Cabin.
    • Windows to cabin superstructure with curtains.
    • Cabin roof hatch.
    • Chopping board.
    • Downlight.

    Owner’s Aft Cabin:
    • Particularly impressive cabin for an aft cockpit boat of this generation.
    • King size centreline island berth with split bunks, fitted with lee cloths.
    • Storage space under berth.
    • Hanging lockers to port and starboard with louvre vents.
    • Leather upholstered seat to port and starboard.
    • Bookshelf and small lockers.
    • Vanity with mirror forward.
    • Deckhead hatch with integrated glazed light prism giving natural light and separate access to the bridge deck.
    • Reading lights.
    • Opening portholes to cockpit with curtains.
    • Heater thermostatic control.
    • 2x Fusion sound speakers.
    • Heater outlet.

    En-suite Heads:
    • Moulded Basin with mixer tap/retractable showerhead.
    • Separate filtered water tap with manual foot pump.
    • Counter unit and lockers.
    • Pressurised Hot & Cold water.
    • Blake manual flush heads serviced and maintained to retain the period feel of the vessel.
    • Toilet roll holder.
    • Mirror.
    • Ventilation hatch to cabin roof and separate fixed porthole to cabin superstructure.
    • Heater outlet.
    • Towel holders.
    • 2x clothes hooks.
    • Electric shaver point.
    • Soap holder.


    • Black painted aluminium masthead rigged mast and Seldon boom (boom replaced – 2016).
    • Keel-stepped mast with 3 sets of inline spreaders for improved downwind sailing.
    • Stainless-steel rod standing rigging by Advanced Rigging, Hamble – replaced 2017.
    • Navtec hydraulically adjustable vang.
    • Single hydraulically adjustable backstay with Navtec hydraulic control.
    • Navtec hydraulic adjustment for backstay, flattener and vang with control panel in cockpit.
    • Mast mounted foredeck light.
    • Aluminium shroud base covers.
    • Removable inner forestay with adjustable deck mounted track fitting.
    • Babystay adjustable from cockpit.
    • Harken manual genoa furler.
    • Antal genoa and jib sheet deck mounted tracks with adjustable cars.
    • Antal deck mounted spinnaker sheet turning blocks mounted on raised plinths
    • Spinnaker track on mast with Proctor Mast Sidewinder line tender.
    • Seldon top down asymmetric furler and fairleads.
    • Checkstays.
    • Mainsail stackpack with lazyjacks.
    • Antal adjustable mainsheet track on bridge deck (forward of the cockpit).
    • Adjustable Harken mainsail mast track with matching batten cars.
    • Aluminium spinnaker pole – deck stowed.
    • Removable bowsprit/pole for asymmetric spinnaker.

    • 2x Lwemar 52’s two-speed self-tailing manual winches to the cockpit.
    • 2x Lewmar 55’s two-speed self-tailing electric winches to the cockpit.
    • 1x Harken 900 Unipower two-speed self-tailing electric winch to bridge deck.
    • 1x Lewmar 43 self-tailing two-speed manual winch to the bridge deck.
    • 1x Lewmar 43 self-tailing two-speed manual winch to the cabin superstructure roof adjacent to the mast foot.
    • 1x Lewmar 40 self-tailing two-speed manual winch to the cabin superstructure roof adjacent to the mast foot.
    • 4x Winch handles.

    • Pentax & taffeta No.1 Genoa (believed to be from about 2006/2007 and described by the seller as being very well cut).
    • No.3 Genoa with vertical battens and believed to be from about 2012..
    • Pentax with taffeta fully batten mainsail with 3 reefing points - (believed to be from about 2006/2007.
    • 3 x Symmetrical Spinnakers various weights – believed to be about at least 18 years old – 2004 or before.
    • Asymmetric spinnaker – 2015.
    • Storm jib.

    • Stainless-steel; step through pulpit, pushpit with gate to transom/bathing ladder.
    • Stainless-steel guard wires and stanchions.
    • Stainless-steel life raft storage cradle mounted to the pushpit.
    • Anchor locker.
    • Black anodised aluminium slotted toe rail.
    • Stainless-steel bimini frame.
    • Stainless-steel sprayhood frame.
    • Stainless-steel main hatch sprayhood frame.
    • 4x Cup holders at helm pedestal.
    • Horseshoe life buoy bracket to the pushpit.
    • Stainless-steel dorade vents.
    • 4x Antal GRP 12 jammers to either side of the companionway entrance.
    • 1x winch handle holder to the starboard side of the mast.
    • 4x winch handle holders to the cockpit.
    • Stainless-steel hinged bathing ladder.
    • 2x additional stainless-steel transom steps.
    • Cockpit shower.
    • Removable teak cockpit table with a stainless-steel leg.
    • Teak outboard motor bracket to the pushpit.
    • 2x Gas bottles with remote cut off at the bottles centrally positioned in the helm seat.
    • Ensign staff.
    • Large bolt croppers.

    Covers & Canvas:
    • Combined canvass deck and cockpit cover for use either ashore or whilst afloat.
    • Canvas mainsail stackpack.
    • 2x Canvas sprayhoods.
    • Canvas bimini.
    • Canvas steering wheel cover.
    • Cover for TV in saloon.
    • 6x Cockpit cushions.
    • 5x Canvas hatch covers.
    • 8x Canvas winch covers.
    • Canvass covers for saloon settee and guest cabin.

    Anchoring & Mooring:
    • Stainless steel twin bow roller.
    • Lofrans electric anchor windlass with controls in the anchor locker) – not yet fitted but stored aboard – 2022.
    • CQR 45Ibs plough style anchor.
    • Kedge anchor.
    • 20m of anchor chain – 2022.
    • 25m of anchor warp.
    • Sea anchor.
    • Daytime anchor ball.
    • 5x Fenders
    • Mooring warps.
    • Mooring cleats & fairleads.
    • Extendable boat hook.

    Tender & Outboard Motor:
    • Achilles inflatable tender with oars and pump.
    • Mariner 3.3hp outboard engine.


    General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owner’s specific needs.

    • Plastimo Transocean 6 ISO 96050–1, 6-person liferaft – next service due April 2023.
    • Horseshoe life buoy with light and drogue.
    • Deck safety lines.
    • Accusat MT403 e999F Class 2 Epirb.
    • Jonbuoy man overboard module (MOM).
    • Throwing line.
    • RORC distress flare pack – expires – 2024.
    • 6x lifejackets with lights and lifelines.
    • Bosun’s canvas chair.

    Viewing arrangements

    Lying ashore – Central South Coast of England.

    Available to view strictly by prior appointment.

    Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 17.00.
    Viewings outside of these times by prior appointment.

    For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact us.

    Please Note: Due to the varying locations of our yachts, your travel time and the distances that may be involved, we recommend that you only make arrangements to view if you are actively considering purchase.

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