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Seller's Description

The owner bought this boat in 2000

General condition and any additional information

This 1978 43 Hinckley Hood designed Sloop is an extremely well built world cruiser recently refurbished and ready to go cruising or racing today. Her sleek head turning looks scream Sexy, but out on the water with the sails out, she just Screams. She is number 12 out of 18 built from 1976 to 1981 and now showing in great condition with solid decks, new rigging and a new bottom. Lets begin with Henry R. Hinckley and Company quality building techniques (unmatched in the market) and Ted Hood design for cruising and racing long distance, hard to beat. She delivers the shoal draft needed to get into shallow anchorages at 46” with the addition of a centerboard making ocean passages fast and comfortable. With the low profile deck and cabin top, you will find that the interior offers 64” headroom throughout. The interior wood work is beautiful and offers tremendous storage capacity filling her 126” beam. Her fuel and water capacity allows for longer cruises with less stopping and the solar panels run the fridge and other 12V items. The 25,500 dry lb displacement with 11,500 lbs of lead ballast in a long fin keel with full skeg protected rudder makes her sea worthy, strong and able to sail on less heel when the centerboard is lowered giving her an 116” draft, great for increased stability and fast upwind sailing. The cockpit settees are almost 8 long for lounging or sleeping in comfort with deep storage lockers under the settees. With some new electronics and a desire to be excited at sea, this magnificent sailing vessel will take you anywhere you want to go in comfort and safety. The unique Hood designed electric in mast furling makes mainsail handling as easy as pushing a button. Since Moondance is the only 43 Hinckley Hood design available on the market, you should not hesitate to preview her ASAP as she will sell quickly. If you wish to set up an appointment for preview, call Barry at 954-873-1800 and we will get you on board.

If interested, the boat is located at a transferable live aboard dock in Fort Lauderdale!!!

Standard features

Long fin keel with centerboard trunk Centerboard up-46”, down-116” Complete bottom job with blister repair and 3 barrier coats 2021 Complete centerboard rebuild with all new hardware 2021 Luke centerboard wire winch to port 2- Coats of ablative bottom paint 2023 Blue hull with gold trim and gold name on the transom Magnificent super wide easy walk around decks Mantus 45lb spade anchor with 125 of chain plus rode Spare 35lb CQR with 25 of chain plus rode and snubber Single custom SS bow roller with chromed bronze chain lock Custom SS bow fitting with P and S chocks Windlass chain hawse pipe with cover Spare hawse pipe with cap Sunbrella cover for complete windlass set up Bow faucet with hose for anchor wash down SS Bow and stern rails SS Stanchions with double coated life lines P and S gates forward of the cockpit Custom SS ladder usable at both gates 2 and 1/2” Teak toe rail with amidship SS chocks Over sized SS cleats forward and aft Movable cleats on Genoa tracks amidships 2- Newer Lewmar 24”x24” 70 Ocean series hatches - centerline Newly re-bedded forward hatch, amidship hatch has Sunbrella cover 1 Large dorade box with built in storage forward of the mast 2 Large SS cowls forward of the mast with SS safety bar 4- Teak hand rails with Sunbrella covers Cabin top has 6 small non opening windows (2 extra windows over all others) 2- Amidships teak dorade boxes with large SS cowls New Sunbrella covers for amidship dorade boxes Cabin top is very low, but interior head room is 64” Forward of the dodger is a teak mount for a life raft hard canister No life raft, hard case used for deck storage White Sunbrella dodger with SS Poles and zip up center window White Sunbrella bimini with side and aft curtains and SS poles Built in water drain off of bimini and solar panels on top Teak cockpit coaming Outboard motor mount on the starboard stern rail Large drop leaf teak cockpit table Teak spoke steering wheel with chromed hub Overbuilt SS binnacle with enclosed lighted compass SS grab bar above the binnacle with nav pod 2- Deep P and S cockpit lockers with engine access 1-Lazerette housing 2- 20lb propane tanks, solenoid and pressure gauge Teak and Holly cockpit sole Custom teak helm seat 5- Newer cockpit cushions and 2 Sport-a-Seats Fishing rod holder port stern rail Heavy custom SS P and S chocks and cleats aft of cockpit 2- Cockpit cubbies 2- Cockpit coaming cleats Companionway slider canvas and isinglass cover Companionway teak frame with bronze inserts Companionway hatch boards with bronze edges All fiberglass tankage for fuel, water and holding Emergency bilge pump in cockpit

Extra gear included

Please contact me for a full spec sheet and lots of pictures.

Improvements to the hull, deck, rigging, engine, or interior

Rebuilt from the bottom up.



Ted Hood
Hinckley Yachts
# Built
Stub + Centerboard


Length Overall
42 9 / 13.1 m
Waterline Length
33 9 / 10.3 m
12 4 / 3.8 m
4 3 / 1.3 m 11 6 / 3.5 m
25,500 lb / 11,567 kg
11,500 lb / 5,216 kg (Lead)

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
886′² / 82.3 m²
Total Sail Area
886′² / 82.3 m²
Sail Area
355′² / 33 m²
51 6 / 15.7 m
13 9 / 4.2 m
Air Draft
Sail Area
531′² / 49.3 m²
58 0 / 17.7 m
18 3 / 5.6 m
Forestay Length
60 9 / 18.5 m

Auxilary Power

W-40 FWC
Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
8.2 kn
Classic: 7.79 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

8.2 knots
Classic formula: 7.79 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


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