A cruising boat with a deep inventory and set up for spending time on board and cruising to far horizons.

Paw Paw

of  London

Part one registration



Designed by Ron Holland.

 Design category ‘A’ for boats on extended passage where conditions exceed Beaufort 8 and wave heights in excess of 4m.

 Construction: GRP hull, deck and superstructure with teak laid decks, wheel steering in Centre Cockpit

LOA   13.25m                  43ft 6ins

LWL  10.70m                  35ft 11ins

BEAM  4.00m                   13ft 9ins

DRAFT 1.79m                     5ft 9ins


  BALLAST       12125LBS                5500KGS

  BALLAST DISPLACEMENT          40.74%

   DISPLACEMENT/LEN                        286.69

  Cruising speed of 7-8 knots.

 Consumption 3.24 ltrs per hour @ cruising speed


Ron Holland did a masterful job of updating the 43 while preserving the distinctly Westerly look above the waterline. The deck lines flow smoothly into the traditional small, deep English centre cockpit. A retrousse transom with built-in boarding platform lends a modernizing touch.


The 43's simple sloop rig with small fore triangle provides a reasonable and easily handled sail area/displacement ratio of 17.  Sail controls were designed for ease of use and leave the cockpit and decks virtually uncluttered.


The optional 65 hp engine is helpful when docking. Tankage is adequate for most cruising couples with 88 gallons of fuel and 132 gallons of fresh water. Better than normal bilge pumps, dockside 220Volt system.


Down below, the 43 continues to reflect her Westerly heritage. A special low maintenance teak and holly sole laminate enhances a choice of oak or teak panelling. The interior layout provides three separate cabins, although the forward "wing cabin" is a single berth and probably better used as storage. The two heads, aft shower and galley are generously proportioned and the aft cabin queen island berth has unusually good access.



Perkins Sabre 65hp diesel 4 cylinder (in place of standard 50hp)

Conventional shaft drive to Fixed 3 blade and  3 blade folding Maxi-Prop as spare. 

Volvo shaft seal.

Stripper rope cutter

Single leaver Morse controls.

Full engine panel of temperature, oil pressure, amperage gauges, engine hours and alarms.

Bowthruster Sliepner 7hp with independent battery.

Generator 3.5kv Mastervolt Whisper, with independent starter battery.

Autopilot – Raymarine ST7000 via ‘Seatalk’ system throughout boat.


Fuel capacity 340 litres.      (At cruising revolutions the engine consumes around 3.24 litres per hour.)

 Fresh water capacity in two tanks:  700 litres

Pressurised H&C water system via heated engine or 240v immersion heater in calorifier.


Sloop rigged -

Selden mast, boom, rod kicker + light spinnaker pole

Selden ‘in-mast’ mainsail reefing

Furlex genoa roller reefing.

Mainsail by Voiltechnique - 2010

Genoa by Voiltechnique -2010

Cruising chute with snuffer by North.

Genoa by North for down-wind poled out sailing.

Two Electric Lewmar 54ST genoa winches - 2005

Two Lewmar 44ST mainsheet / genoa furlingwinches.

Mainsail furling winch on mast with endless line to cockpit

11 clam cleats for spinnaker halyard, 2nd masthead halyard, out haul, uphaul, kicker, main reefing, main halyard.

 All lines lead back to cockpit and both reefing systems can be operated from cockpit.


The interior is finished in light American oak wood.

Six berths in 3 cabins including saloon sea berth.

 Aft Cabin with queen size double bed and side access, excellent cupboard space and large hanging wardrobe. Radio and TV connection, Italian side lights and several mains 240v sockets.  Lee cloths. Air Conditioning. Fire extinguisher

En suite Heads and Shower with wash hand basin and, mirrored cupboard & Corian work surface.

 Forward Cabin with large double bunk, cupboards, hanging wardrobe, lee cloths air conditioning, fire extinguisher,

En suite large Heads and Shower with wash hand basin and, mirrored cupboard, hot and cold pressurised water. Corian work surface, red night light shared with:

 Single cabin to starboard - full length single bunk.

 Saloon with comfortable seating for six round table with extension section, book case, cupboard. Air conditioning, Sony Television, Radio, Lee cloth to single ‘sea berth’ on back cushions. Fire extinguisher. Opposite is the:-

 Navigation area

Full size chart table with chart stowage. Sony television, radio, VHF radio, master screen all ST60 instruments. Navtext, Radar/chart plotter, GPS, electronic Barometer, switchboard, ‘Seeme’ radar reflector enhancer, inverter controls, red night lights.


Corian worksurface throughout:-

Deep top loading refrigerator (with keel cooler)

Nelson 2 burner, grill, oven cooker – 2011

Microwave oven

Draining board & two sinks.

Hot and cold pressurised water via calorfior and 240v immersion heater.

Various cupboards, draws, and stowage facilities suitable for extended cruising.

Red night lights.


At the binnacle is:


VHF radio


Chart plotter / Radar


Bow thrusters controls

New Raymarine depth speed wind instruments above hatch

At the chart table is:

VHF Radio

Chart plotter / Radar

Wind/boat speed/depth - tri-data repeater





Sony Television with laptop feeds

Navigation Specifications

Polaris 123 compass

Raymarine electronic compass + GPS antenna.

Icom IC- M423 dual station VHF radio

Raytheon RC631 Chart plotter / Radar

Raytheon RL70 Chart plotter / Radar

Simrad AIS class ‘B’ transceiver

2 x Garmin 152 GPS

Raymarine  i60 instruments – boat speed, depth, wind speed, 2016

ICS Navtext receiver


‘SeeMe’ active radar reflector

Radar reflector

Mucmurdo ‘smartfinder’ 406 EPIRB - new battery & service 2016

Farrady cage with HH - GPS & batteries

Electronic C-Map charts – UK via Atlantic Islands to North Africa, Gibraltar to Sicily, Malta, Tunisia, Greek Islands etc.

Paper charts and pilot books –  France, Spain Portugal, Atlantic Islands to North Africa and Sicily & other places.


Quick ‘Hector’ electric anchor and rope winch with foot switches 2013

Twin bow rollers

45lb CQR

17lb fortress lightweight anchor – kedge

70 metres of 8mm calibrated chain

30+ metres braided anchor warp

‘Chum’ anchor chain weight

Parachute sea anchor with own 30metres (appx) braided nylon warp in self release bag.

Buoyed anchor trip line

Anchor chain hook and line


Navigation lights

Steaming light

Tricolour light

Anchor light

Deck light

 3.10m Seago inflatable dinghy with inflatable keel and floor – 2014

240v electric inflation pump.

5 HP 4 stroke Mercury outboard with separate fuel tank.

Extension arm.

Cover for outboard

Davits for dinghy

Passarelle 2016

3 section bathing ladder

H&C deck shower

Magnum BBQ with cover and camping gas bottle

3 Camping gas bottles for domestic cooking in self draining locker

Boathook with buoy pick up device.

Fishing rod holders x 2


Spray hood

Sun screens x 2

Cockpit table

Cockpit cushions 2014

Jackstays in tape x 2

Boom light & Binnacle entry light

Fog horn

Binoculars cockpit holder

Original Westerly design book + instruction manuals for all installations.

Assorted mooring springs

Assorted warps

 [plumbing installed for future water maker]

[tubing and fuel feeds installed for future Eberspacher]



6 Man life-raft in purpose built SS cradle 2016

Horseshoe lifebelt & light

Emergency tiller

Bilge pumps automatic x 2

Bilge pump manual

Fire extinguishers x 4

Flares + flare pistol in grab bag

First aid kits


Our summer cruise from Gibraltar to Malta and Tunisia in Paw Paw is here

For my sailing books and French canal guides please go to


French Canal Routes to the Mediterranean

Gentle Sailing Route to the Mediterranean

Gentle Mediterranean Routes to the Islands

The Pacific Crossing Guide

Caribbean Islands Cruising Guides

Strait Sailing to Gibraltar

Living Aboard Around the World

Easy Navigation




catalogue picture


Ashore La Rochelle





navigation and entertainment centre




Aft Cabin with en suite shower/heads


New 2017 wind depth speed instruments


Lunch at sea


Day sailing


night sailing


TT Paw Paw



Tender to Paw Paw


Dinner at sea


Sails need trimming!


cockpit cushions


Paw Paw has long legs and she is easy for a couple to sail to far away places with strange sounding names.






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