Nighthawk | Shannon 43' 1988

Portsmouth, RI

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Yacht Name: Nighthawk
Builder: Shannon
Model: 43
Year: 1988
Location: Portsmouth, RI
Designer: Walter Shulz & Associates
Hull Material: Fiberglass


Nighthawk  is a stunning example of the ever popular Shannon 43. Well known as one of the world's best bluewater cruising yachts, Shannon has built an enthusiastic following, due to her timeless design, quality construction and attention to detail.

Nighthawk is nicely equipped with an easily handled but effective cutter rig and centerboard system all devised by Shannon.

Safety while at sea was a major concern with the designers and thus the cockpit is deep with good backrests and the helm is with the reach of the sheet winches. The interior has numerous handholds for safe maneuvering in a seaway.

Nighthawk comes with these features:

  • 75 hp Yanmar diesel engine with 2400 hours ( new in 2008)
  • Bow thruster
  • Seafrost refrigeration/freezer
  • Garmin touchscreen chart plotters  at the helm and nav station
  • Espar heating
  • Max prop
  • Doyle sails



Length: 43'
Beam: 13' 3
Draft: 4' 9
Water Tank Capacity: 150 Gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity: 150 Gallons
Holding Tank Capacity: 35 Gallons
Engine Manufacturer: Yanmar
Engine Model: 2008 4JH4-TE
Power: 75 HP
Number of Engines: 1
Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 2400 Hours


Nighthawk features a two stateroom, 2 head interior with teak joinery and a teak and holly sole.

The forward cabin is separated from the main salon by a privacy door that leads to a comfortable "V" berth with an insert that makes it a double berth. The cabin is done in a "Herreshoff" style.

There are shelves to port and starboard with an opening locker at the aft end of the shelves. There are two pull out drawers beneath the bed. There are another two lockers for storage along with a set of three drawers. There is an opening hatch above and two opening port for light and ventilation.

The head en-suite and has a marine toilet with holding tank, sink, vanity, cabinet, lockers, telephone shower and teak shower grate.

The salon is amidships and features an "L" shaped settee to starboard with a teak dining table and a long settee to port. Both pull out to make single berths. Above are bookshelves on each side and louvered cabinets for storage. With the teak bulkheads, teak and holly sole plus high gloss headliner, a wonderful ambiance is created. There are opening ports and hatches for ventilation and four chrome reading lights as well as ceiling lighting.

The main salon is very comfortable with leather upholstery and a large folding teak table that seats five. It is beautifully varnished and detailed and would please the most discriminating eye.

The navigation station is to starboard and features an opening chart table, electrical panels, along with a large Garmin touchscreen chart plotter.

Across to port is the aft head with a private access door from the aft cabin. There is a marine toilet, vanity,  mirror, and sink.  There is plenty of storage in numerous lockers. There is also an ensuite shower.

The aft cabin has a double berth with a sliding door for privacy, drawers underneath, a bureau with four drawers, a hanging locker and shelves to port.

The entire boat is serviced by an Espar heating system.


Navigation Station

  • Large Garmin touchscreen chart plotter
  • Garmin multi-display
  • Clock and barometer
  • VHF radio
  • Ships Bell
  • Battery monitor
  • Xantrex inverter
  • Spotlight



  • Edson pedestal with Ritchie compass, leathered wheel
  • Winch for centerboard
  • Garmin 7212 chart plotter with transmitting and receiving AIS
  • Icom VHF
  • Garmin multi-display for depth, wind, and speed
  • Garmin color radar
  • Foot switches for bow thruster at the helm
  • B&G autopilot
  • Cockpit speakers


Mechanical & Electrical

  • 75 hp Yanmar turbo diesel engine (2400)
  • Twin Racor 500FG fuel filter
  • 4 aluminum fuel tanks, 150 gals total
  • 150 gals water in two tanks
  • Balmar 110 amp alternator with regulator
  • Max prop 3 blade propeller
  • Ideal 12v windlass
  • Seafrost 12v refrigerator/freezer
  • 12v and 110v electrical panel
  • Espar heating
  • Hot water heater
  • 2 heads, one electric and one manual
  • Sanitation system totally replaced except for aft head
  • All lighting is LED
  • All thru hulls were serviced in 2016
  • 4 large 12v batteries plus engine start battery



Shannon has long been known to build solid one piece hulls with no keelbolts. They have been using the best technology of the day to create a very strong and handsome classic yacht.

Over the years they have perfected the keel/centerboard design which allows for the ability to explore and anchor in shallower waters plus have a deep draft for offshore or windward work.



  • Ideal 12v windlass 
  • 45 lbs CQR anchor with chain and rode
  • 30 lb Danforth spare anchor with chain and rode
  • Double lifelines
  • 4 opening hatches with screens and covers, 12 opening ports
  • 4 polished chrome dorades 
  • SS handrails
  • Jack lines
  • Saltwater washdown pump
  • Shannon diamond patterned non skid
  • Dodger and Bimini 
  • SS dinghy davits 
  • Rub rail
  • SS swimming ladder
  • SS Magma BBQ



  • Bimini and dodger (2016)
  • Foot switches for bow thruster
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Leathered wheel
  • Teak cockpit table and drink holder
  • Cockpit shower
  • Harken ST 48 winch
  • 2 X ST 55 Harken sheet winches
  • Rope clutch to port of companionway
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Large sail lockers, port and starboard
  • Propane locker under helm seat
  • Liferaft compartment under cockpit sole
  • Keel/centerboard winch
  • Four cubby holes for storage (winch handles, sunscreen etc)



  • Doyle Stack Pack with battened main
  • Doyle furling staysail
  • Doyle furling  Genoa 
  • Storm jib, storm, trysail
  • Asymmetrical spinnaker with black Nighthawk design



  • Single spreader alloy mast and boom
  • All standing rigging was inspected in 2016 and replaced as needed
  • All the chainplates were inspected in 2016 and 2 were replaced
  • Running rigging upgraded when needed



  • Winslow 6 person Offshore liferaft
  • GPS EPRIB 406
  • LED running and anchoring lights
  • Flares and flare gun
  • Life jackets and safety harnesses
  • Storm sea anchor
  • Ditch bag
  • Lifesling
  • Jack lines


Dinghy & Outboard

  • 10' Highland RIB
  • 9.8 Tohatsu 4 stroke outboard motor