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1978 Nautor Swan Nautor 43

£ 68,000*
Ardfern, Argyll & Bute, United Kingdom
Local Delivery Available
Interested in this boat? Tel: +44 (0)7988763254
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Ideal bluewater cruiser

Engine/Fuel Type:
Single / diesel
Located In:
Ardfern, Argyll & Bute, United Kingdom
Hull Material:
Current Price:
£ 68,000 

A lesser-known model from the Finnish boatbuilding power house Nautor. Heavier displacement than her cruiser/racers sisterships the Nautor 43 is an ideal blue water cruiser offering the same build and finish quality for which Nautor are renowned.

The Nautor 43; designed by Sparkmans and Stephens and built in the same facility as the companies ‘Swan’ branded cruiser racers was a boat conceived for the world cruiser. Designed around a high volume, heavy displacement hull the boat offers spacious and comfortable accommodation below decks in the familiar Swan styling. The flush deck layout and ketch rig with secure centre cockpit are ideally suited to short-handed offshore cruising. When Nautor ceased production of the 43 in 1980 to concentrate on the Swan range of yachts the moulds and hull design were sold to Nauticat and with a re-designed deck layout the hull remained in production for many years are the Nauticat 43.

Purchased by her current owners in Chile MAKULU arrived in the UK in 2018 after cruising north from Chile and crossing the Atlantic before cruising north. On this highly successful trip she proved to be ideally suited to bluewater, ocean sailing looking after her crew no-matter the conditions they experienced. Her inventory includes:

  • Professionally painted topsides
  • Professionally re-finished decks with coarse non slip painted panels
  • Yanmar 75hp marine diesel engine.
  • 3 blade MaxProp bronze feathering propeller.
  • Keel stepped ketch rig.
  • Extensive sail wardrobe including 2014 North Sails Genoa, Main and Mizzen.
  • Garmin 4212 Multi-function display with plotter and radar functionality.
  • Garmin and B&G Instrumentation
  • Icom DSCVHF
  • Furuno SSB transceiver.
  • Stainless steel fuel and water tanks.

Due to an unforeseen change in circumstances, MAKULU is now offered for sale, fully VAT paid in the UK. She is in need of some TLC having not been used in the last 18 months. A great opportunity to buy a classic and highly capable offshore cruiser.


Nautor is probably the most iconic yacht manufacturer in Finland and has become synonyms with the Swan brand over many decades. Founded in 1966 the company based in Jackobstad; started building S&S designs. The classic Swan 36 firmly establishing the companies reputation, becoming an instant success and still competitively raced across northern Europe.

While continuing the development of the Swan brand with models such as the 36, 40 and 43 Nautor become renowned for building high quality, technically advanced cruiser racers. S&S designed Swans taking line honours in many of the major races during the late 1960’s & 70’s including the 1968 Cowes week, 1972 Bermuda race and the ultimate accolade of the winning the first-ever Whitbread Round the World Race in 1974.

While the Swan brand was proving successful in the cruiser racer market the company along with Sparkman and Stephens also designed a range of heavier displacement cruising and motorsailers; built under the name Nautor. Designed to appeal to those wishing to cruise oceans in more comfort and at a more sedate pace than the average Swan owner the designs incorporated the same quality and technical expertise. The Nautor range ceased production in 1980.

Please contact Mark Cameron at +44 (0)7988763254

Interested in this boat? Tel: +44 (0)7988763254

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