New Listing – 2011 Arcona 430


Sparkling, One owner, 3-cabin, 2-heads Arcona 430 complete with carbon rig and lots of recent updates including new rigging and sails.


With just one owner since new, NIGHTFALL is a high-specification and extremely well-presented Arcona 430 complete with Axxon carbon mast, boom and spinnaker pole. Boasting a practical and spacious 3-cabin, 2-heads interior layout, finished to a typically Scandinavian high-standard in warm Khaya mahogany, NIGHTFALL is a great option for anyone seeking just the right combination of quality, performance, space and ease of handling.

Her specification highlights include:
• Swedish construction
• 3-cabin, 2-heads interior layout finished in Khaya mahogany.
• 2.55m lead bulb fin keel
• Low-maintenance non-slip deck finish
• Yanmar diesel engine with saildrive (recently replaced diaphragm) and Flex-o-Fold 2-bladed Axxon Spars carbon fibre mast, boom and spinnaker post (new clear coat 2022)
• Stainless steel rod standing rigging – replaced 2022
• Mainsail and jib replaced 2022
• Harken winch package including electric primary control line/halyard winch
• Code Zero with Karver furler
• Recently replaced service and engine start batteries
• Nexus instruments with mast repeaters
• Panasonic Toughpad plotter displays
• Iridium Gio satellite communications
• Wind generator
• Eberspacher diesel fired cabin heating
• Holding tanks
• Sprayhood and helm bimini
• Tender and outboard
• Liferaft
• Brompton folding bicycles

Freshly antifouled, serviced and completed with new standing rigging and sails, UK VAT paid, Part 1 British Registered, freshly antifouled, serviced and complete with new standing rigging and sails, NIGHTFALL is 100% ready for the new season.


“NIGHTFALL’ Is our Arcona 430, designed by Stefan Qviberg. Built for us in Sweden and in our ownership since new (2011), this boat has a carbon mast and spars by Axxon and rod rigging (replaced 2022).

Beautifully fitted below, she is a fast cruiser, very close-winded and a real sailor’s boat, with fast, pinpoint handling. She can be easily and safely sailed short-handed, with all lines led aft and having the German mainsheet system within easy reach of the helm.

‘NIGHTFALL’ is a fast cruiser, delightful to sail and race but refined, comfortable and spacious below and well-equipped for family or two-up cruising. She has taken us in complete safety as far afield as Greece and is equally at home pottering around the Solent. The yard were meticulous in their attention to detail – we visited several times while she was in build. One of the reassuring features for us is that the keel and rig are bolted to a galvanised steel frame, ensuring a strong and rigid structure.

With six full berths in three cabins, she is able to sleep up to nine when the saloon table infill and (short) starboard saloon berth are also used. The deep fridge is efficient, benefitting from an Isotherm through-hull heat sink. The gas cooker has a remote gas shut-off and an automatic cylinder changeover valve – no more dashing out in the rain because the dinner is half-cooked!

The 430 has a generous sail area to displacement ratio, so she can keep going even in light airs. When the breeze picks up, since she has single-line reefing on the first and second reefs, she’s easy to reef from the cockpit. With her 100% foretriangle sail, her upwind sails sheet inside the shrouds, so she points like a witch! The carbon mast also reduces weight aloft, reducing pitching, increasing boat speed and helping ensure a comfortable passage. She’s just been given new white sails and has been rerigged, so is ready to go.

It’s been a privilege to own ‘Nightfall’ but with some extended cruising in mind, I’m moving to a boat which carries lots of fuel and water, large solar panels and a big cockpit arch – maybe even a washing machine!”


“When it was time to design the Arcona 430, there were a long list of ideas and thoughts from the Arcona Yachts team on how build a yacht without compromises and standard solutions; this list arose as a direct result from many years of experience in sailing, yacht design and boat building. The outcome was a yacht awarded European Yacht of the Year 2009 – Arcona 430.

She is a full sized 43 feet yacht with sailing capabilities above normal. She’s just as hot on the race courses
as she is safe and easy to handle for the family during cruising. The Arcona 430 has the same technically advanced construction, built to a superb quality and with modern technology, like all Arcona yachts are. Arcona 430 is full of practical details and smart solutions – she is an extraordinary yacht.”


“Arcona Yachts in Sweden have been building boats for more than 40 years, and over that time have developed a vision that has evolved through their love of sailing and the desire to produce the best sailing experience. Consequently, each new model builds upon the best of what has gone before and, while reflecting the latest design development, remains true to the spirit of Arcona.”


“European Yacht of the Year 2009 – WINNER – This category proved to be a very tough one for the judges, but in the end the Arcona came out on top. In particular the panel was impressed with the details and thoroughness of design, from her broad concept to the consistently high standard of build throughout.
The best aspects of her sistership the 460, have been passed down to ensure a practical working and racing cockpit, excellent response, good balance and smooth tracking – with an end result of riveting sailing.”
Yachting World. European Yacht of the Year 2009.

“Verdict – She’s billed as the ideal cruiser-racer, combining race-winning speed and heart winning comfort – and I can’t disagree. For two handers or dyed in-the-wool cruisers she’s too powerful, but for two adventurous couples, a group of friends, or a fast cruising family, you won’t find anything this solid, satisfying, comfortable, thoughtfully designed and well-finished for the money.

She’s stiff enough to forgive you if you’re a little late reefing down, and the rudder’s deep enough to keep you in control. There’s a lot of canvas for a with her waterline length, but you’re in charge – its there if you want it. She’s light for her length so she’ll perform through the wind range.”

Yachting Monthly – 24 Hour Boat Test-Arcona 430. Chris Beeson. January 2009.

2011 Arcona 430 – NIGHTFALL – Asking £319,000 UK VAT paid – full details here

Do you have a yacht like this to sell? Grabau International are always looking for new high quality cruising 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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