New Listing – 1988 Slocum 43


Hull No.52 of the cult-classic Stan Huntingford designed aft-cockpit bluewater ocean cruiser. Extensively updated over past seasons and now well located ready for either Pacific or Caribbean adventures.


Sharing the same hull design as the Passport 42 and Formosa 42, the Slocum 43 is constructed with a more technologically-advised Airex foam core in the hull and a modified rudder design. In total, approx. 60 yachts were built to his hull design between 1981 and 1990, of which a vast majority are the aft cockpit layout found with SURET VI.

Her specification highlights include:-
• GRP hull with Airex core to topsides and underwater sections
• GRP superstructure
• GRP decks with balsa-core sandwich
• Teak laid side decks
• Long fin 1.70m draft keel and fully-skegged rudder
• Cutter rigged sloop with Harken low-friction battencars for mainsail and furler for genoa.
• Self-tacking staysail
• Asymmetric spinnaker
• Pacific self-steering gear
• Self-tailing winches
• Perkins 4-108 50hp engine with 3-bladed AutoProp
• Westerbeke 8kw generator
• Air-conditioning
• Reverse osmosis watermaker
• Holding tank
• Teak interior joinery with extensive use of solid teak trims
• Recently updated Garmin instruments with chart plotter, radar and AIS
• SSB radio
• Solar panels on custom stainless steel aft gantry
• Bimini, sprayhood and cockpit enclosures
• AB aluminium RIB with outboard engine

• Teak deck renovated with replacement of screws, dowels and caulking
• Bimini and sprayhood serviced
• Bilge cleaned with degreaser
• Stainless steel diesel fuel tanks painted
• Engine mounts changed
• Engine valves recalibrated
• Replacement exhaust elbow
• Replacement fuel pump
• New Garmin wind instrument
• New Garmin chart plotter
• New Furuno GPS
• New Garmin VHF with AIS
• Two new solar panels with Victron charge controller
• Removal of old antifoul coatings, application of two component primer and two coats of new antifoul
• PropSpeed treatment to propeller
• New AB aluminium-hulled 2.56 tender
• Regalvanising of anchor chain

2018 REFIT
• Watermaker membrane replaced and high/low pressured pumps checked
• Diesel tanks cleaned
• Refrigerator and air-conditioning systems serviced and re-gassed
• New echo-sounder transducer
• Fabrication of stainless steel arch over transom for mounting of solar panels

• Complete overhaul and inspection of all systems
• Dismantling steering system and servicing overhauling rudder shaft packing
• Skin-fittings inspection and replaced where required.
• Standing rigging professionally inspected (replaced in 2006)
• Comprehensive service and check of engine and generator
• Revision of all navigation and electrical systems
• Fitment of new AGM batteries
• Change lighting from Halogen to LED
• Fitment of new Simrad autopilot
• Fitment of Icom SSB radio
• New genoa


SURET VI has had just three owners since her launch in 1988. The first was an American couple who spent seven years traveling around the world and during all this time they had no problem. The man was very cautious as he bought so many spare parts that I am still using many of them and they are still on the boat. I think I doubled the ship in spare parts and all of them classified and ordered.

The second owner bought it directly from the American when he had finished his trip around the world and brought it to Spain with the idea of making the same trip, but this man had health problems and was never able to start the trip.

It was when we bought the yacht, since she is the ideal boat for the travel project that he had. Our trip was to start in Ibiza, and cross the Atlantic to Martinique, just the two of us, my wife and I.

In 2015 we began our adventure, we left Ibiza, Gibraltar, the Canary Islands, Cape Verde … Martinique, where we arrived in February 2016 and in the Caribbean, we have been during these years touring this sea and visiting the different islands.

We did periods of about six months there and six at home. During the hurricane period is when we returned to Spain and during that time the boat has been stored in different shipyards and always out of the water. In 2019 we went to Panama with the idea of crossing the Pacific. We were reviewing and preparing the boat for more than two months. When we had the boat ready and the day we launched it into the sea, that same day the Covid 19 epidemic exploded and we had to put the boat back on land and leave the next day for Spain on one of the last planes that left Cartagena.

After these two years at home and with a few more years to go, we do not see the idea of crossing the Pacific feasible and this is the reason why we have decided to sell the SURET.

1988 Slocum 43 – SURET VI – Asking Euro 98,500 EU VAT paid – full details here

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