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Specifications

Name: 43 Convertible
Length: 43'8"
Hull Type: Modified-V
Gross Weight: --
Fuel Capacity: 470 gals.
Model Years: 1979—1984
Draft: 4'2"
Beam: 14'6"
Water Capacity: 165 gals.
Waste Capacity: 30 gals.
Length w/ Pulpit: --
Introduced in 1979, the Hatteras 43 Convertible was the replacement boat for the aging Hatteras 42 Convertible. She was built on a then-new double chine hull with a wide 14'6"" beam and shallow keel. Not only is the ride drier than the old 42; the wider beam made for a larger engine room and a more spacious interior. The standard two-stateroom, single-head interior of the 43 Convertible boasts a surprisingly spacious salon with built-in L-lounge to starboard and two barrel chairs to port. A full-service galley is four steps down from the salon, to port. The master stateroom with twin berths is across from the galley, and the bow stateroom has adult-sized V-berths, sink and concealed toilet. An alternate layout with a double bed in the master stateroom came out in 1982. On the downside, the cockpit dimensions of the Hatteras 43 are modest for a boat this size. (Note the engine room air intakes under the cockpit coaming.) Topside, the flybridge seats six. The wide side decks and secure handrails of the Hatteras 43 are a plus. Early models with 450hp Detroit 6V92 diesels cruise at 18–20 knots. Optional “high-performance” Detroit 500hp 6V92s boost the cruising speed into the low 20s.

Specifications

Name: 43 Convertible
Length: 43
Hull Type: Modified-V
Gross Weight: --
Fuel Capacity: 500 gals.
Model Years: 1991—1998
Draft: 4'8"
Beam: 14'3"
Water Capacity: 154 gals.
Waste Capacity: 50 gals.
Length w/ Pulpit: --
With her contemporary styling, versatile layout, and large cockpit, the Hatteras 43 Convertible ranked with the top midsize sportfishermen of the 1990s. Hatteras sold a lot of these boats and used models remained popular for years after she went out of production in 1998. Like all Hatteras convertibles of her era, she was built on a low-deadrise hull with moderate beam, shallow keel, and a solid fiberglass bottom. A galley-down, two-stateroom layout was standard, while an optional single-stateroom floorplan traded the guest cabin for a large U-shaped dinette. Although the salon dimensions in both layouts are somewhat compact for a 43-footer, the light ash woodwork opens up the interior considerably. A washer/dryer is located in the forward companionway, and there’s a space-saving curved shower door in the head. The large 120 square-foot cockpit is tournament-grade all the way with rigging station, livewell, lift-out fish box and direct access to the engine room—a feature seldom found in convertibles under 45 feet. Additional features include a salon entertainment system, wide side decks, and molded bow pulpit. Detroit 535hp 6V92 diesels cruise the Hatteras 43 at 22–24 knots (high 20s top).

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