Blue Note | Bristol 43' 1988

South Amboy, NJ

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Yacht Name: Blue Note
Builder: Bristol
Model: 43.3
Year: 1988
Location: South Amboy, NJ
Hull Material: Fiberglass

BLUE NOTE is a Special Bristol 43.3 CC owned by a knowledgeable Blue Water Sailor with all the equipment.  New Yanmar engine, updated rigging, AC, fuel tanks replaced.  She’s ready to go.  When looking at Blue Water Sailboats in this size and price range she stands above the rest, compare her for yourself.  But don’t wait she won’t last long!


  • New Yanmar 4JH57 2016
  • New Standing Rigging 2010
  • New  Lifelines 2013
  • New Seafrost engine driven compressor 2011/condenser (System converted to new refrigerant, but compressor not currently installed on new engine)
  • Seafrost shore assist 110 refrigeration system
  • Air conditioned (2 units)
  • New Schaeffer furler 2013
  • All running rigging has been updated
  • Hull Awlgrip job 2010


Length: 43'
Beam: 12' 11
Draft: 4' 6
Water Tank Capacity: 160 Gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity: 100 Gallons
Engine Manufacturer: 2016 Yanmar
Engine Model: 4JH57
Power: 57 HP
Number of Engines: 1
Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 600 Hours


BLUE NOTE is a traditional two cabin center cockpit with beautiful hand rubbed satin teak interior and varnished solid teak and holly sole. All doors and lockers are louvered for ventilation. This two cabin layout provides privacy for two couples and provides additional sleeping accommodations for additional guests in the main salon.


Guest Cabin

Starting forward this beautiful cabin has a V-berth with a seat and filler cushion.  There is abundant storage outboard and in hanging lockers.  Access to the forward head is available from the forward cabin and a second entrance from the salon passageway.  The overhead hatch and port lights provide good ventilation and natural light into the cabin.


Main Salon

The main salon has a full length settee to starboard that pulls out to form a double berth. An L-shaped settee to port extends to a double berth when needed for extra guests. There is a drop leaf table just off center with utensil/bottle storage in the middle. There are louvered door storage compartments above and outboard as well as enclosed storage behind the settee seat backs, port and starboard.


Navigation Station

The forward facing navigation station is to port. It has a large chart table with storage under and flush mounted electronics. Large access doors to the engine and generator are inboard, opposite the nav station with additional access panels to the engine room on all sides.


Master Stateroom

The aft stateroom has a centerline queen berth with an abundance of storage compartments on both sides. A large hanging locker is to port. The aft head is to starboard with a separate shower stall and electric head (2016).



The U-shaped galley is aft to starboard, conveniently located next to the companionway. There is extensive counter space and abundant storage throughout. 

  • Shipmate 3-burner burner propane stove with oven and solenoid safety valve
  • Sea Frost engine driven refrigeration
  • Double stainless sinks with filtered pressure hot and cold water


Electronics & Navigation

  • Raytheon E-80 radar/chart plotter at helm (2007)
  • Standard Horizon VHF with AIS receiver with automatic fog horn & hailer
  • Raytheon ST 7000 autopilot
  • Clarion AM/FM/CD stereo w/speakers in main salon, aft cabin and cockpit
  • B&G Triton 2 instruments (2018)
  • Raymarine Sirius XM weather module
  • Clock


Engine & Mechanical Equipment

  • Yanmar 4JH57 (New 2016)
  • Engine overheat and oil pressure alarms
  • Racor fuel filter
  • Single lever engine controls
  • Max prop
  • Marine Air reverse cycle, two zone air conditioning (26,000 BTU)
  • Hot water heater
  • Fresh water filter in galley
  • Salt water deck wash down
  • (3) Automatic bilge pumps
  • (2) Manual bilge pumps, cockpit & below
  • Holding tank and by-pass for forward head
  • New Macerator pump for holding tank (2014)
  • All septic hoses replaced
  • All fuel tanks replaced 2003
  • Shore water hook up
  • Numerous spare/rebuild kits


Electrical System

  • 12 VDC, 110 VAC systems with breaker panel opposite nav station
  • (4) house/engine gel cell batteries (2004)
  • Twin engine alternators
  • Charles Marine battery charger
  • 1000 watt AC/DC inverter
  • (2) 30 amp shore power inlets with cross over switching
  • (2) 50' shore power cables
  • LED running lights
  • Courtesy night lights
  • Spreader lights, deck light, masthead tri-color/strobe


Hull & Deck

  • Awlgrip flag blue hull with gold cove, white boot stripe, VC Offshore Red bottom, and white cabin trunk with green non-skid molded in.
  • Bow and stern pulpits
  • Side stanchions with lifelines and boarding gates
  • Inboard and outboard genoa tracks
  • Stainless genoa turning locks
  • Ideal anchor windlass
  • 45 lb CQR anchor on bow roller with 150' 3/8" chain
  • 44 lb Bruce anchor with chain and rode
  • Dodger with leather covered grab rail and roll-up front window
  • Bimini top with connector to dodger
  • Covers for handrails, dorade boxes, winches, steering pedestal
  • (6) Life jackets
  • Man Overboard Module
  • Lifesling
  • Horseshoe life ring
  • Stainless steel swim ladder with teak treads
  • Oiled teak toe rail, drip rail, cockpit trim (stripped 2008 with full build-up)
  • (2) Teak dorade boxes with chrome cowl vents and stainless guards
  • Varnished teak shroud rollers
  • (8) Opening port lights
  • (4) Fixed windows in Main salon
  • (4) Deck hatches with screens
  • Outboard motor lift
  • Cockpit cushions, white with blue piping
  • Teak cockpit table
  • Teak cockpit grate
  • Fenders/docklines
  • (2) 10 lb propane tanks in separate deck locker


Sails & Rigging


  • ICW Friendly
  • Boom vang
  • Metalmast spar 
  • Wire standing rigging 
  • Forespar extendable whisker pole mounted on front of mast 
  • Hydraulic backstay adjuster w/ fail-safe turnbuckle 
  • Inner forestay with quick release 
  • Insulated backstay 
  • Radar reflector mounted on mast 
  • Mainsheet traveler


  • North Spectra Full batten mainsail excellent condition 2012
  • North Dacron Full batten mainsail fair condition
  • North Dacron 140% roller furling jib excellent condition
  • North Dacron 110% roller furling jib excellent condition
  • North Asymmetrical Spinnaker excellent condition
  • North Symmetrical Spinnaker Very Good Condition
  • North 3DL 140% roller furling jib (some delamitation but a fine delivery or practice sail)


  • (2) #56 ST primaries
  • (1) #43 ST mainsheet/main halyard winch in cockpit
  • (2) #43 ST halyard winch on mast
  • (4) Lewmar self-tailing primaries
  • (1) Centerboard hoist winch


Upgrades & Features


  • All new standing rigging
  • All new running rigging
  • Raymarine Sirius weather
  • Standard Horizon AIS receiving VHF with hailer and ram mic at helm
  • All thru hulls laped
  • New manual bilge pump operated from cockpit
  • Jacklines
  • Hard attachment points placed
  • New lifelines
  • Bermuda bolt
  • Spinnaker winches Lewmar
  • Floor board secure bolts
  • MaxProp
  • Fairclough cover
  • All head hoses replaced
  • Both Skipper II heads rebuilt
  • Gale rider
  • Fuses added to house bank
  • Link battery monitor system added
  • Boat made to satisfy ISAF Cat I race (Marion to Bermuda)
  • Tack on mast added for storm trysail


  • New cutlass bearing
  • Rudder stuffings box
  • New depth sounder transducer
  • Shore water system replaced
  • New bow light
  • New foredeck light
  • New sump pump for aft shower
  • New float switch for aft shower
  • Rebuild fresh water pressure pump
  • Bronze centerboard trunk sheves x2 replaced
  • New engine mounts
  • New stuffings box
  • New Schaefer furler
  • New stanchions and life lines
  • Double ended mainsheet system added
  • New engine shaft 
  • New Solent Stay
  • New AGM House Bank (5 80amp hr bat in parallel)
  • New Lewmar Traveler
  • New spinnaker pole car to mast
  • Mast rewired
  • New fluxgate compass
  • New garhauer genoa cars
  • Numerous blocks replaced


  • New spinnaker sheets samson MLX stripped
  • New electrical sub panel
  • 2 new electric bilge pumps
  • Replaced whale gusher bilge pump
  • Replaced windlass solenoid
  • Salt water galley pump
  • New speed temp tansducer
  • Rewired nav station
  • New ventilation day/night in cabin
  • New fans in all cabins
  • Bilge blower installed
  • Propane system upgraded (sensor installed, new hoses, automatic tank selector and solenoid in propane locker)
  • Fresh water pressure pump rebuilt
  • New Y valve for forward head
  • New Macerator pump
  • Bottom job with new Interprotect (no blisters present, prophylactic job)
  • Electric holding tank pump installed
  • New jib halyard
  • New autopilot hydraulic piston
  • New autopilot octopus pump
  • New Raymarine GPS antennae
  • Refurbished backstay adjuster
  • New Forestay
  • Max prop reconditioned
  • Centerboard removed, refurbished and new pennant by Hinckley Yard in Portsmouth RI
  • Lewmar double line clutch added to mast
  • Bimini and dodger fabric refurbishes
  • New boom vang
  • New whale hand pump at galley sink 


  • Rebuilt Perkins high pressure injector pump
  • New Perkins starter
  • Perkins fuel injectors rebuilt
  • Vacuum gauge to Racor for main engine
  • New boom vang
  • LED running lights on bow
  • New propane sensor
  • Throttle, shift cables and levers rebuilt


  • New Yanmar 57 HP engine
  • New LED tricolor light
  • Fuel tanks cleaned out
  • New AC seawater coolant pump installed
  • AC system serviced
  • New electric aft head 
  • Forward head joker valve replaced 


  • Impeller new electric BP changed
  • New B&G wind, speed and depth installed
  • 2 Triton displays installed
  • Teak stripped, oiled & varnished
  • New SOS strobe
  • Stuffing box repacked
  • Chainplate covers rebed 4200
  • New thruhull and hull modification for tridata transducer 4000
  • Toggle of goose neck replaced rig right
  • Main sail inspected, leech line replaced, batten pockets repaired, batten receptacle replaced
  • Water pressure pump rebuilt
  • Aft sump shower float switch replaced
  • Max prop serviced
  • New palls and springs for winches 



BLUE NOTE offers many nice features rarely found on a yacht of this size, including two private staterooms and ensuite heads, with centerline queen berth aft. She is well equipped for extended cruising and is able to go almost anywhere with her 4'6" draft. 

Since nearly new, BLUE NOTE has been professional cared for and given meticulous attention by her current owner which will be evident upon inspection. This popular Hood-designed yacht will satisfy her new owner for years to come!

Blue Note is a special boat for anyone looking for a ready to go cruising vessel.  She’s been sailed by a knowledgeable owner who has done extensive ocean sailing and has systems to facilitate this type of sailing.  All of the heavy lifting has been done on BLUE NOTE: New fuel tanks, new topside paint, sails, and almost every piece of equipment necessary to go cruising comfortably for extended periods.  She’s a must see for anyone looking at a cruising boat in this price category.