2014-launched Gunfleet 43 – NOW SOLD


Grabau International is delighted to announce the sale of the 2014-launched Gunfleet 43 ‘WINDSONG‘.

Launched and handed over as a new boat in 2014. A very lightly used, one owner, two cabin example of this high quality, British built offshore cruising yacht. Appointed to an exceptionally high standard by a discerning owner.


WINDSONG is an incredibly lightly used example of the class, launched and commissioned as a new boat in 2014. Her engine has recorded less than 300 running hours with the generator having only been run for the purposes of commissioning and servicing. Further the showers in both heads have never been used. Commissioned by the vendors to their exacting specifications she boast an extensive list of extras, highlights of which include:

• Fixed fin keel.
• Single spade rudder.
• Bow & Stern thrusters.
• Selden mast and spars finished in white powder coating.
• Electric in-mast furling mainsail.
• Maple interior joinery.
• Stainless steel fridge & freezer.
• Microwave combi oven.

On-deck she has been set up for single handed sailing with the electric in-mast roller reefing main and all lines being lead aft to the cockpit. Bow and stern thrusters making close quarters manoeuvring exceptionally easy. Below decks the two cabin layout provides luxurious, spacious accommodation with two large double cabins and an additional two occasional berths in the saloon.


A remarkable boat, combining sparkling performance with an astonishingly spacious interior, the Gunfleet 43 is rewarding to sail in all weathers, being light on the helm yet positive. Her non-overlapping high aspect headsail provides excellent pointing ability and she is quick and easy to tack. Fast to accelerate, she gets into the groove quickly with hull speeds that defy her size and displacement. Above all, she feels comfortable and secure under sail and will take long passages in her stride without tiring her crew.

The cockpit and deck layout have been perfectly designed for easy, short-handed sailing, with sheets and traveller all within reach of the helmsman. There is excellent visibility from behind the ‘Flightdeck’ helm and the 43 provides a dry, comfortable ride. A unique feature is her flush aft deck, immediately behind the centre cockpit, effectively doubling the leisure space in warmer climes and perfect for relaxing and sunbathing.

The 43 features a spacious, light and airy saloon with centreline table, bar area and two settees, which double as seaberths. The galley is practical and a joy to use with abundant stowage in soft-close drawers, integrated GN Espace cooker, a ‘water station’ sink and stainless steel front-opening fridge/freezer. The real wow factor has to be the owner’s cabin, which offers the sort of space you would normally only expect to find on a yacht over 50 feet.


Gunfleet Marine is named after a well known sandbank in the Thames Estuary which runs east to west about 5 miles off the Essex coast adjacent to Clacton and Frinton. The Gunfleet lighthouse on the northern end of the Gunfleet sands was built in 1850 and is still standing.

Gunfleet’s mission is simple – to efficiently build comfortable, fast, seaworthy cruising yachts of exquisite quality and support them with an after sales service that is second to none. Built with pride in Great Britain, Gunfleet yachts combine innovative and stylish design with the latest technology and are rich in practical, seamanlike features because, while design moves forward, the sea never changes.

Before creating Gunfleet, Founder, Richard Matthews, spent over 35 years building up one of the UK’s most successful yacht companies, Oyster, which he sold in 2008. Looking for a new challenge, the idea of utilising all these years of experience to form a new yacht building brand proved irresistible and the Gunfleet range of performance, variable draft cruising yachts was launched.

Press Reviews:

“She’s no slouch, as we’ve established, but she’s also undemanding as a cruiser in that you don’t need decades of sailing knowledge to get her to perform to a very decent standard. The deck is laid out to allow plenty of space to move around: lunch in the cockpit under the bimini, then lounging in the sun before stepping down onto the aft deck, grabbing your mask and snorkel from the lazarette and jumping into warm, azure water for a poke around the coral.

Below decks, you’ll recognise the build quality as being a bit special and appreciate the fact that everything just works, everything does what it should and does it elegantly. It’s a prime example of designing with experience and using technology well.”

Chris Beeson. Yachting Monthly. January 2013 – Gunfleet 43 Test

“Gunfleet designers teamed up with naval architect Tony Castro to create this modern and sleek, but simultaneously somewhat traditional cruiser. Her hull is laid up by hand in a female mold with bi-directional glass reinforced by Kevlar cloth on the centerline forward of the keel for added strength….

The most striking part of the Gunfleet 43’s center-cockpit design is the sprawling aft deck section, which includes twin zones perfect for sunbathing. They’re bisected by a hatch and skylight that lead down into the master stateroom below. There’s also an enormous lazarette that will hold lines, fenders, a rolled-up tender and all manner of cruising necessities.

Just forward is a compact cockpit, most of which is dedicated to a massive center console, or “flight deck,” with a single Garmin display framed by miscellaneous switches and controls, including the autopilot. Engine throttles are below the console but are attached so you don’t have to reach down to your knees to shift, which can be especially annoying when docking. A basket wheel wraps around this console, which saves room….

The Gunfleet 43 is a couples’ boat, with two cabins and two heads. A third custom cabin can be shoehorned in amidships to starboard, but then you lose the forward-facing nav station, something that becomes key on long passages. Once you descend the rather steep companionway steps, you’re enveloped in a posh interior of gleaming wood and ample natural light, which pours in through both the windshield and a number of small hull ports….

The master suite aft is a thing of beauty, with a large island berth surrounded by plentiful drawers and hanging lockers to store a significant amount of apparel. The master head has a separate shower stall and a chic vessel sink….

The boat also accelerated nicely out of the tacks, and the helm was responsive on all points of sail. Beyond that, the Gunfleet 43 has a solid feel that will boost the confidence of cruising couples caught offshore in snotty conditions.’

Zuzana Prochazka. Sail Magazine. May 2018 – Boat Review: Gunfleet 43.

We wish her new owners fair winds and following seas.

For those that missed out, Grabau International have a number of alternative options to consider including:-

Hylas 49 – full details here

Hylas 48 – full details here

Hylas 46 – full details here

Rustler 44DS – full details here

Alubat Ovni 43 – full details here

Hallberg Rassy 42F MkII – full details here

Do you have a yacht like this to sell? Grabau International are always looking for new high-quality yacht listings both in the UK and internationally. For further information about our tailored brokerage services, please look here or feel free to contact us.

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