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Seller's Description

Outstanding example of this great cruising design. Almost There has just returned from two seasons of cruising in the Bahamas and as a result she is equipped and updated to go again with everything you’ll need including genset, solar, full enclosure, davits, air conditioning, bow thruster, water maker, and many custom features that make this boat a standout. If you want a boat that is cruise-ready, this is it. Prior to 2021 Almost There spent many years on the Great Lakes where she was lightly used and continually updated. She was stored indoors every winter from 2004 - 2020. You will not likely find another Irwin 43 like this one.

Almost There has an ideal cruising layout with two private staterooms, two heads (both with showers), a roomy main saloon (featuring leather upholstery imported from Scotland), fantastic galley and a large nav station. The center cockpit design offers a huge aft stateroom with center island queen, vanity station and ensuite head. There is abundant storage throughout.

Light and ventilation are provided by 15 opening stainless-steel ports with screens by Newfound Metals (2007), 6 tinted tempered glass fixed ports, 7 opening Lewmar Ocean Series hatches with sun covers and screens (2007).

For comfort, Almost There includes two reverse cycle heat/AC units by Flagship Marine (2018). The forward unit is 16,000 BTU and the aft is 9,000 BTU.

All headliners were replaced in 2018.

Equipment: Electrical Equipment NorPro 9kw generator w/ 645 hours Shore Power System w/ (2) 50’ power cords and outlets throughout 2000w Inverter by Onboard Solutions Separate 24V power system for the anchor windlass, bow thruster, and water maker 12V House Bank: (6) AGM group 31 batteries 24V Battery Bank: (4) 6V batteries in series Dedicated 12V starting battery VictronBMV-712 Smart Battery Monitor w/ bluetooth link to phones and tablets (2018) 345 watt Solar Panel installed over the dinghy davits, 2018. Air Conditioning - 2 units by Flagship Marine, one forward (16,000 btu) the other aft (9,000 btu), both new in 2018. The forward unit rebuilt in 2022. Engine and Mechanica: Equipment Yanmar 4JH-HTE 66 HP turbo diesel with 2700 hours New turbo New exhaust elbow New engine mounts New injectors Approximately 104 gallon fuel capacity 3-blade feathering MAXPROP Automatic Halon fire ext. Electronics & Navigation: Raymarine E-80 chartplotter Raymarine ST-60 Depth and Speed instruments Raymarine Wind Speed indicator (2021) Raymarine 24-mile radar Raymaine ST-7000 belowdecks autopilot Vesper AIS Transceiver w/ wifi (2020) Bow thruster controls Ritchie helm compass (2018) VHF remote mic at helm Icom IC-M504 VHF radio (with remote mic at the helm) Stereo system Sails & Rigging: Sloop Rig, keel-stepped mast (painted white) Standing rigging replaced 2009 (lightly used until 2020) Forward shrouds replaced 2021 Full-Battened mainsail with lazy jacks and Mack-Pack system. Tides Marine Track and Slide System for low-friction mainsail handling A nearly new mainsail is available that needs minor modification to fit the main track system 140% Genoa, serviced 2022 New Harken jib furler 2021 Boom Vang Deck & Hull ICW-friendly Wing Keel, 4’11” draft Hull painted with Imron 2008, still shines Max-Power 24V bow thruster installed 2007 All thru-hulls replaced 2010 All 15 ports replaced with Stainless by Newfound Metals 2008 All 7 hatches replaced with Lewmar Ocean Series 2008 Deck non-skid painted, 2008. repainted in 2020 with KiwiGrip. All stanchions were removed and rebedded in 2019 Custom welded aluminum bow pulpit with new teak pulpit decking, two integral bow rollers, and custom stainless chafe plate Maxwell HWC1500 Windlass with deck switches Teak caprail refinished 2022 Canvas covers for teak handrails (2) stainless steel swim ladders Kato dinghy davits w/ solar panel mounted on top Outboard Motor Hoist Edson Outboard Motor mount on stern rail Cockpit Comfortable center cockpit with seating for 6 Full canvas enclosure with roll-up windows, 2016 Pedestal steering with Lewmar folding wheel Teak drink rack and pedestal mounted cockpit table Cockpit cushions Tinted plexiglass companionway hatch and louvered teak drop boards (4) cockpit lockers Water System Approximately 160 gallons water capacity Spectra Ventura 200T - 8GPH 24V water maker Raritan 6-gallon H/W heater with engine and shore power hookup Pressure H/C water system Ground Tackle and Mooring Gear Ground Tackle: Rocna Vulcan 44lb. anchor (2020) w/ 150’ of chain plus 100’ of line. 45 lb. CQR-style secondary anchor, stainless steel w/ 40’ of chain 150’ of line.



Ted Irwin
Irwin Yachts
Irwin Yacht Owners
# Built
Stub + Centerboard


Length Overall
43 0 / 13.1 m
Waterline Length
31 11 / 9.8 m
12 11 / 4 m
4 3 / 1.3 m 4 0 / 1.2 m
23,000 lb / 10,433 kg
10,500 lb / 4,763 kg

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
872′² / 81 m²
Total Sail Area
872′² / 81 m²
Sail Area
426′² / 39.5 m²
44 9 / 13.7 m
18 11 / 5.8 m
Air Draft
Sail Area
446′² / 41.5 m²
50 11 / 15.5 m
17 5 / 5.3 m
Forestay Length
53 10 / 16.4 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
7.8 kn
Classic: 7.58 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

7.82 knots
Classic formula: 7.58 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
16-20: good performance

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
>40: stiffer, more powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
275-350: heavy

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
<2.0: better suited for ocean passages

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising


A fixed keel version was also available, as was a yawl rig. Diesel available as an option.

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