1981 Mason 43

1981 Mason 43 Cruiser for sale
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About the 1981 Mason 43

A stunningly beautiful and shockingly strong blue water cruiser the Mason 43 is a sought-after and well-respected offshore sailboat. Through storms and hurricanes, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, the current owners experienced growing confidence in their Mason 43 and her ability to keep them safe, no matter where their adventures would take them.

She’s ready for her next owners and new adventures. Tainan of Barklay is set up for offshore cruising with simple, uncomplicated systems that stand the test of time. From the tried and true Airies wind vane, oversized rigging, and modern navigation aids, she’s ready for extended cruising. With three decades of log books detailing a dedication to ongoing care and maintenance, new owners will have confidence that the boat and systems have been continuously maintained to a high standard.

Tainan of Barklay is located in Ladysmith BC and the moorage is assumable with marina approval.



With offshore cruising at the heart of all Mason 43’s the accommodations are meant to keep you safe and comfortable on offshore passages with comfortable sea berth options with appropriately placed lee cloths. All ports open and there are 4 large dorade vents to provide great ventilation in hot climates. The aft cabin is huge. With plenty of headroom, two separate berths, lockers and drawer storage, you will find it to be a comfortable place to be on any passage as well as in port. The original owner commissioned a workshop area complete with a workbench, vise, tool storage and space to keep your tool on hand, in reach and where they belong. No more searching through lockers trying to find the impeller puller.

Forward of the aft cabin is the galley to port and a full-sized navigation table to starboard. The U-shaped dinette is comfortable and can be converted into a double berth for visiting guests. A pilot berth on the starboard side has a custom, removable centre table which makes the area more user-friendly. Dickenson Newport bulkhead heater warms up the boat nicely on cold mornings. Forward is a full head, with a separate shower stall and good headroom. There is a large V-berth in the bow with storage and access to the chain locker.


Well-appointed galley perfect for long-distance passages.

  • Force 10, 4 burner gimballed propane stove and oven

  • Double stainless steel sink

  • Storage

  • The folding table adds additional counter space when in port or at anchor.

  • Large ice box/fridge/freezer with freezer down below and refrigeration above

  • Electric, compressor pump

Sails & Winches

The sail plan has been created with safety and handling in mind

  • Battened Mainsail with three reef points

  • 135% Furling Genoa on Harken roller furling

  • 110% Genoa Storm Jib

  • Lewmar primary winches

  • Barlow secondary winches

Electronics & Electrical

All the basics – and not so basics – for confident offshore travel.

  • Furuno depth sounder

  • Furuno 1715 radar

  • B & G Log-Speedometer

  • B &G Wind Speed and Direction

  • Furuno GP-7000 Plotter

  • Aires Wind Vane Steering

  • Large binnacle compass

  • CD Player Sony Sound

  • GPS: Furuno

  • VHF: ICOM IC-M402

  • Xantrex Battery charger

  • 2X 8D house batteries

  • 1 x starter battery

  • Alternator battery charging

  • 30 amp shore power with 50’ power cord


English-built Perkins engine has been maintained to a high standard, A recent mechanical inspection was completed and confirmed the reliable state of the engine and parts remain available.

  • Perkins 4108 55 hp diesel

  • PSS dripless seal

  • Approximately 825 hours since major overhaul in 2011

  • 7000 hrs total since new

Additional Information

  • AB 8’ aluminum hull inflatable tender

  • Honda 8hp outboard

  • 4-man liferaft

The Build

The Mason 43 has a prestigious heritage. It was the first boat manufactured by Pacific Asian Enterprises of Dana Point California, (now Nordhaven), at Ta Shin Yacht Building in Taiwan. Ta Shin gained a world-renowned reputation as one of the highest quality builders and the Mason 43 is one of the success stories that helped solidify Ta Shin, and PAE, as world leaders in producing luxury yachts.

Bulletproof is the word to describe the construction of the Mason 43. The solid glass is more than an inch thick at the top of the keel and maintains a half-inch thickness to the gunnel. The lead ballast is encapsulated in the keel providing a hugely strong appendage that can withstand a head-on collision with a coral head or submerged rock without risking actual hull damage or leaks.

The hull-deck joint employs a bedded fibreglass flange with full-length stainless steel straps. The teak toe rail and genoa tracks are through-bolted and the bolts also pass through and are tapped into the stainless steel straps. This makes for an uncommonly strong deck.

  • 24” life ring

  • Life sling

  • Man overboard pole

  • Spotlight

  • Canvas is in great condition - dodgers, dorade covers, cockpit coaming, life raft, bimini., mainsail, etc

  • Cockpit Cushions

  • Swimming/reboarding ladder

  • 2 X 100’ Panama Canal lines

  • Full winter cover


43 feet
$ 142,000 CAD
Ladysmith, BC
Fuel Type
Hull Material

Dimensions & Other Specs


Overall Length
43ft 8in
Length at Waterline
31ft 3in
Max. Draft
6ft 4in
12ft 4in
Cabin Headroom
6ft 7in


Fresh Water Tank
200 gal
Fuel Tank
100 gal
Holding Tank
20 gal


Single Berths
Double Berths


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    Engine Make
    Engine Model
    Engine Year
    Total Power
    55 hp
    Engine Hours
    7000 hrs
    Engine Type
    Drive Type
    Direct Drive
    Fuel Type
    Propeller Type
    Propeller Material
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