Pouvreau 43 - 89 000 €

Published 07/11/2023 23:14:17


I sell my Pouvreau 43 because the family is growing. Elegant aluminium cruiser-racer designed in the 1980s, lovingly maintained, she is equipped for cruising around the world. You can approach shallow areas with the lifting keel. Pleasant to navigate, both inside and on the deck, she hugs the waves rather than hitting them. She is easy to steer, well-balanced and stiff. Her large draft is also appreciable at anchorage where she is nicknamed “the boat that doesn’t move”!

French flag.

Import taxes in French Polynesia have been paid, the boat can stay there as long as desired.

The boat is visible in Hiva Oa, in the Marquesas Islands. Perfect place to start to sail around French Polynesia and South Pacific islands! There is in Hiva Oa a yardship for careening, maintenance and boat guarding.

I emphasize this point: there are NO TAXES to pay when purchasing the boat.



The sailboat is a prototype from Pouvreau shipyard. She was built in 1983 at the request of a particular according to plans by Auzépy Brenneur. She is a shaped aluminum hull. For the record, she is the sistership of Philippe Poupon’s first exploration sailing boat Fleur australe. She is a lifting keel sailboat. The skirt is not original. It was added with the stern gantry. The boat benefited from 13 months of renovation at the MMS shipyard in Hiva Oa in 2016-2017.


Features :

  • • Hull length: 43 feet (without skirt)
  • • Width: 3.85 m
  • • Draft: from 1.60 m to 3.60 m
  • • Sail area: 125 m² upwind


The hull is made of AG4 aluminum. It is shaped, structured by rails.

Additional ballast was added to the bottom of the saloon (lead cast in resin).

The hull is entirely coated with epoxy.


1) Bilge pump system exposed during complete disassembly and cleaning of the port front cabin. The orange pipes are the hydraulics for the keel ram.

2) Saloon benches dismantled and floors raised: respectively port, starboard diesel tank and rear: we can see the propeller shaft, a bilge pump and part of the steering system and lines. Backgrounds painted with zinc chromate.

Keel system

The keel is weighted in its lower part with lead. It was restored in 2006. It is tightened on a huge stainless steel axle by a rider (omega-shaped piece). The keel pivots around this axis to raise and lower (system similar to the Class 8). The rear goes into the hull, the rest protrudes under the boat. A hydraulic cylinder presses on the keel head to rotate it. Following improper use of the cylinder by the previous owner, the entire keel lifting system underwent major work in 2017: reconstruction of the keel box, revision of the cylinder and change of its axis.

Shipyard 2017. New keel box. Keel stop redone. Epoxy coated keel. The cylinder is in the box which separates the forward cabins. The rest of the hydraulic system, the pump, valve and oil box are located in the companionway. The control and pressure gauge are in the cockpit.

Rigging and sails

Navigation August 2023.

This is a cutter. The Maréchal mast is original. The spreaders are in the axis but the profile of the mast, thinner at the top than at its base, allows fairly fine adjustments. The forestay was changed in 2023, the lower forestay in 2021. The backstay in good condition is equipped with a hydraulic adjustment system and a BLU antenna. I don't know when the shrouds and lower shrouds date from. There are deenema runners for the staysail. The boom is equipped with a rigid downhaul.

The mainsail is full-batten. It is mounted on travellers which slide on a rail to hoist it along the mast (Facnor F10). It has small patches near the 2nd reef point (this is the reef pennant that rubbed). The fabric, dacron, is in good condition. It was overhauled by a sailmaker in 2023. It is stored in a lazy-bag.

The genoa and the staysail are on Facnor LS furlers. They are in good condition. The genoa has a large overlap. The traveller rail comes behind of the cockpit.

There is a spinnaker that I have never used and two automatic spinnaker booms, one in carbon and the other in aluminum.


The reefing points are at the foot of the mast. Everything else is sent back to the cockpit.

There are a total of 10 winches: 2 Lewmar 55 self-telling for the genoa sheets, 2 Lewmar 46 for the staysail sheets, 2 Lewmar 46 on the roof on either side of the companionway, at the foot of mast 2 Lewmar 42 and 1 Lewmar 30.

6-strand hoist for the mainsail.

The working ropes are in good general condition. The ropes are changed regularly.

Engine and propulsion

Yanmar 4JH5E engine (2,400 hours) installed in the saloon table. You can open the table and quickly disassemble the sides. So royal access to tinker. Maintenance according to Yanmar recommendations.

There are two diesel tanks under the saloon benches. 200 L. They are welded to the hull and equipped with a large inspection hatch giving access to all the compartments. The tanks were opened, emptied and completely cleaned in 2021.

The propeller is a J-Prop. She climbed a tree. The 3 blades are adjustable. Hydraulube ring changed in 2023.

The bow thruster is useful for maneuvering in marinas with the keel raised. If you plan to use it, the batteries need to be changed.

Steering system


The rudder is mounted on a center plate. The tiller is in front of the rudder (central cockpit). It is connected by lines accessible under the floors of the aft cabin. The rudder stock rings were changed in 2017. For me, the tiller was a criterion of choice when I got the boat. It’s rare for this size! The boat is really very pleasant to helm.


Cetrek 730 autopilot. A Lecomble and Schmitt hydraulic cylinder is connected directly to the rudder.


A second pilot is installed in the cockpit. It’s an Autohelm 2000 with an arm that rests on the bar. It works properly in light weather.


There is also a Beaufort cruise control. It can be connected to the emergency bar which is stationed.


Anchoring / Mooring

1 Rocna anchor at post. 50 meters of 10 mm ISO chain + 3-strand cable connected by an end splice on the chain (no eyelet or extra thickness that does not pass through the windlass).

Lofrans Panther 12V 1000W windlass with front control and another remote control in the cockpit.

2 Fortress anchors. 1 flat anchor. A chain length of 10 mm for rear mooring.

50 m of 25 mm mooring. Crown of 100 m of 8-strand 30 mm polyamide hawser, never used before (purchased in 2022). Other moorings and ropes that fill a rope locker.



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