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Phase 21979 Contessa 43



Beautifully maintained Contessa sailboat with plenty of room for friends and companions to sail, race or just spend the weekend!

Dimensions and Capacities



3 cabins- Cabin aft with 2 bunks, (1 double) plus lockers and storage. Main Salon- 2 pilot berths and 2 settee berths with table in between. Large V-Berth forward with a new posturepedic mattress and cushions. Galley- to port and Nav station to stbd. Head- forward to port side. Lockers- hanging lockers and cabinets on starboard, across from head. Storage with shelves port and starboard. The interior is all teak, (no glass showing below deck) with teak and holly cabin sole.


Unidirectional glass with 6 longitudinal stringers and massive glass floor timbers. Chain plates tie into hull via a massive box structure. This boat is very strongly built as attested by her coming through the 1979 Fastnet Race with no damage and subsequent rough Atlantic crossing from England via Bay of Biscay-Azores – Bahamas -New Orleans during November 1982 again with no problems or damage.


3-burner propane stove w/oven. Solenoid propane control. Hot & Cold pressurized water with a Isotherm 4 gal water heater. 2-Ice boxes- 1 with w/Isotherm cold plate w/Manuel & Auto controller the other can used for Ice or storage. Plenty of cabinets for dry goods and dishes.


12 volt Master Volt Digital meters

Master Volt AGM 6 volt house batts 540 amp hours

Group 30 AGM Windlass batt, Group 27 AGM Starting batt (new)

Master Volt Battery charger and Inverter



B & G Wind Point

B & G Wind Speed

B & G Boat Speed, removed from boat

B & G Wind Direction

New Garmin 710 GPS-Radar-Chartplotter @ Binacle

Sails and Rigging

Sails: Main- Qauntum, 2 short batten & 2 full batten 2016, Jib 120 re-stitched Luff with new sunbrella 2019. Storm Jib, Kevlar #3 & #4, Trysail Blooper, 1- 1.5 oz Spinnaker, 1-.75 Spinnaker. Bamar hydraulic backstay. Several other misc sails.


All new in 2014 Lewmar self-tailing, Primaries 2-54’s ST, Secondaries 2-45’s ST, 1-45 ST Main sheet, 1-40 ST on Mast. 2020 Cleaned and re-greased all winches.

Vessel Equipment

40” Edison Steering Leather wrapped S/S Wheel                                        

Windex and Anemometer at Mast Head

Ritchie Binnacle Compass                                 

Hood Roller Furling

MOB Pole, Life Ring                                         

New Balmar mechanical Back Stay Adjuster (2021)

Winch Handles                                                   

Hall Spars Quick Vang (re-built 2017)

Snatch Blocks                                                      

Lewmar Anchor Windless (new 2015) 45lbs Delta 300’chain with remote & switch at the helm

New Hi-Field Lever (staysail)                                  

Extra Spinnaker Halyard                                  

Genoa Cars (Lewmar)

Extra Running Backstays, new Dyneema Line with Garhauer Boom Vangs   

Dodger with newer windows, W/Cover, Bimini, with attachment to Dodger

Rebuilt Stack Pak W/Lazy jacks w/ new Dyneema line and fittings 2021    

Rebuilt Chain Plates, replaced all SS bolts

Tides Marine Mast Track

Bilge pumps 2 whale gushers, 1 electric

Items not included

Mirror located on the forward saloon bulkhead

Dinghy and motor [maybe negotiated]

Personal effects 

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.



Price: $99,000

Length: 43ft

Builder: Contessa

Year: 1979

Hull: Fiberglass

Fuel: Diesel

Location: Long Beach, CA

Please Note:

Due to product improvements, changes during the model year and/or transcription errors that may occur, information represented within this website may not be accurate at the time of your purchase.
If certain information is significant to your purchasing decision, please confirm the information with your dealer.

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