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The design of the Mason 43 includes everything you could desire in an offshore sailboat. The design focuses on comfort both in the cockpit and below deck, and an overall construction referenced by critics as nothing short of bulletproof.

Defiant has been tested thoroughly offshore, making multiple transits to and from the Gulf of Mexico, but has predominantly been seasonally operated in Penobscot Bay. The design features intended for offshore sailing provides a tremendous cruising range and the ability to hop around the many beautiful harbors in Penobscot bay for weeks without the need to fill up on fuel or water. With over 200+ gallons of water capacity, 104 gallons of fuel, upgraded refrigeration/freezer system, large blackwater holding tank, full length chain anchor, electric windlass, water heater, and fully enclosed stand-up shower, the Mason 43 offers an impressive level of comfort. The focus on comfort extends to the layout of the vessel both in the cockpit and below deck. The design of the Mason 43 utilized a unique off-centered companion way, which is one of the easiest ways to identify these vessels. The genius of the off-centered companion way allows for an additional athwartship seating area in the cockpit, as well as an aft cabin which has been reviewed by professionals as one of genius features of the design. The design offers a spacious cockpit for lounging with larger groups bot underway and while moored, as well as an aft cabin below deck providing a single berth and a double berth, both with side access to the bunks and ample overhead space.

The Mason 43 is a heavy displacement boat, weighing in at just below 30,000 lbs. The weight is mainly concentrated within the vessels full keel hull, which incorporates an 18’ lead keel base generating an incredible amount of stability below the waterline. To compensate for the weight of the vessel, the Mason 43 design carries an oversized sail plan for the length of the vessel and cruises at comfortable speeds in even light winds. In heavy winds, the cutter rig and multiple reefing points on the main, allows for control and reducing the sail plan with relative ease. In addition to the sail configuration, the vessel has been repowered with a larger 55 HP straight drive engine which provides dependable, smooth, and quiet power to the vessel based on its positioning below the vessels sound reducing floorboards.
Defiant has been a cherished boat by both its current and previous owners. The current owners of the vessel are active Merchant Marine Officers who have recently begun chartering the vessel for periods of the summer to help offset some of the costs of ownership. It also brings the owners joy to see the boat used while they are deployed through their Merchant Marine careers. 

Defiant Morgan 43 1983 Appropriate for 6 TBD Rockland, Maine $6100/WK


Aft Cabin: 1 double / 1 single berth
Forward Cabin: 1 double berth 
Main Salon: 1 double / 1 single berth / additional elevated berth suitable for children
Max Sleeping capacity: 8
Recommended Sleeping Capacity: 6

Stepping down the companionway from the large cockpit you enter the spacious, well lit, and luxurious interior of Defiant. Her woodwork is clean and well maintained. The upholstery is tasteful and well cared for and she is spacious and well laid out for cruising. To port of the companion way is the wrap around galley with wood counter tops and plenty of storage. This area also features:

• Overhead deck hatch

• Opening port light

• Locker storage above counters forward, aft and outboard

• (2) Dome lights under upper storage lockers

• Built in teak cup rack

• Double basin sink with dual pressurized hot/cold fresh water mixing head controls

• Manual fresh water pump

• Manual salt water pump

• Hillerange 3-burner propane stove with oven

• Stainless steel safety bar with twin d-rings inboard of stove

• Sea Frost fridge/freezer in top loading and door opening box ~ 2017

• Drawer and locker storage below counters

Moving forward on the port side of the boat is the wrap around dinning table. that drops down into a double berth. Also featured in this area:

• Large overhead opening deck hatch with built in screens

• Teak hand rail overhead

• Overhead lighting

• (2) Opening port lights

• Reading lights forward and aft

• 110-Volt outlets

• Kerosene lamp with chimney and cover

• Weems & Plath clock

• Locker and shelf storage outboard above seating

• Sony marine stereo

Continuing forward on the port side you enter the head with walk in stall shower.

Stall Shower

• Track for shower curtain over head

• Vent over shower

• Shower wand with flexible hose and dual pressurized hot/cold fresh water mixing controls

• Teak tower rack/hand rail

• Builtin teak soap tray

• Storage lockers outboard

• Teak bench in shower

• Teak grate over shower sump

all Shower


• Overhead dome lighting

• Opening port light

• Large medicine cabinet with mirror face above sink

• Dometic tank monitor

• Bronze towel rack

• (2) Builtin teak cup racks

• 110-Volt outlets

• Single basin sink with dual pressurized hot/cold fresh water mixing head controls

• Manual fresh water pump

• Marble counters

• Storage locker outboard above head

• Manual marine head

• Locker storage below sin

Just forward of the head is Defiant's forward cabin with a Pullman style bunk and single settee offset to the starboard side of the bunk. Well lit with tons of storage this area features:

• Bi-fold teak entry door

• Large overhead opening deck hatch with built in screens

• Port lights port, starboard and forward

• Reading lights port and starboard

• 110-Volt outlets

• Shelf storage outboard port and starboard above bunks


Single Head / Full Stand Up Shower / Raw Water Feed Manual Head (Jabsco)

Aft Deck

Fishing rod holder on pushpit

• (2) Stainless steel 10 1/4' stern cleats

• Chrome ventilation cowling

• Stern chocks inset in the teak toe rail port and starboard Cockpit • Bimini frame with cover (see Soft Goods)

• Pedestal with 28" Yacht Specialties wheel

 • Stainless steel pedestal pulpit

• Suite of electronics (see Electronics)

• (3) Teak back rests with stainless steel brackets

• Teak cap rail on cockpit coaming

• Fitted cockpit cushions (see Soft Goods)

• Whale high volume bilge pump

• Maine sheet traveler Weather Decks

• Genoa track on teak toe rail port and starboard

• Deck prisms

• Stainless steel midships cleats port and starboard

• Midship chocks inset in the teak toe rail port and starboard Coach Roof

• (3) Teak framed opening deck hatches with smoked acrylic tops

• (14) Opening port lights: (6) port, (6) Starboard, (1) aft and (1) forward

• Teak handrails port and starboard

• Covers for hatches and handrails (see Soft Goods)

• (5) Teak framed dorade boxes with smoked acrylic tops and stainless steel cowls

 • Stainless steel frame for dodger with dodger (see Soft Goods)

• Stainless steel pulpits at base of mast port and starboard



• Raymarine E80 GPS, chart plotter

• Raymarine ST6002 SmartPilot auto pilot

• Danforth Constellation marine compass


• (3) Raymarine ST70 multi-displays

• Yanmar engine display with tach, hour meter, temperature and oil pressure


• Radar dome

• Anemometer


• Sony Marine Drive - S MP3 WMA AAC CDX-M50IP stereo receiver

Navigation Station

• Regency Polaris marine radio

• Standard Horizon Explorer marine VHF

• Danforth marine compass

  Radar display MDF E02011


Electric / 180 ft chain (no rope)

Fore Deck

  Nilsson vertical electrical windlass with foot switch

• Stainless steel bow cleats port and starboard

• Bow chocks inset in the teak toe rail port and starboard

• Wash-down fitting

• Stainless steel bow fitting with double bow roller

Spars and Rigging

• Forespar painted aluminum mast

• Forespar painted aluminum boom

• Spreader lights

• Foredeck lights

• Nav-Tec stainless steel turnbuckles

• Complete running rigging

• Stainless steel standing rigging

• Shaefer 08 series blocks

• Main sheet traveler – 2'10” stops and double roller bearing

• Genoa track – 14’ stops and lead blocks

• Adjustable mast step

• Storm sail track

Winches and Furling


• (2) Lewmar 52’s two speed self-tailing primary winches

• (2) Lewmar 24’s two speed secondary winches

On Mast

• Lewmar 30 two speed main halyard winch

• Lewmar 30 two speed Jib halyard winch

• Lewmar 30 two speed spinnaker halyard winch

• Lewmar 10 single speed staysail halyard winch

On Deck

• Profurl stay sail furling drum

• Profurl jib furling drum


• Mainsail ~ 2018

• Staysail ~ 2018

• Jib ~ 2018

Soft Goods


• Traditional mainsail cover - blue with white lettering for name

• Binnacle and wheel cover - blue

• Fitted cockpit cushions - tan


• Salon dinette fitted cushions - green

• Salon settee fitted cushions - maroon with box pattern

• Bosun's berth - green

• Forward cabin mattress with back rest - green

• Forward cabin single settee - maroon with box pattern

• Navigation seat - maroon with box pattern

• Quarter berth in aft cabin - green

• Double berth in aft cabin - maroon with pattern

• Throw pillow with off set fabric - green and maroon with box pattern

Electronic Systems

12-Volt DC System

• Nautilus by New Mar 12 volt electrical panel with volt and amp meter

• 12 Volt outlets

• Fresh water pump

• Bilge pumps

• Sump pump

• Windlass

• Refrigeration

• Electronics

• Lights

• Engine blowers

120-Volt AC System (Shore Power Only)

• Nautilus by New Mar 120 volt electrical panel with volt and amp meter

• Weatherproof ship to shore receptacle

• 110-Volt outlets

• Water heater

• Battery charger


Rockland, Maine

Design Morgan 43
Designer Al Mason
Builder Ta Shing Yacht Building
Hull Construction Fiberglass
Year Built 1983
LOA 43' 11"
LWL 31' 3"
Beam 12' 4"
Draft 6' 10"
Displacement 25,000 lbs.
Engine Yanmar 4JH57 / 2016 / 57 HP / Direct Drive
Holding Tank 1 - 50 US Gallon Tank
Water Capacity 206 US Gallons
Fuel Capacity 104 US Gallons


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