Egg Harbor 43 Sportyacht — By Capt. Patrick Sciacca —
It’s All in the Lines
Part 2: The 43 offers a solid ride in sloppy seas and strong performance when it’s calm.
Speaking of the hardtop, it was just one of several model-year changes for the 43. My test boat, Hull No. 9, also reflected other changes, including adding integral spreader lights into that hardtop, changing from underwater exhausts to corner exhausts, and removing the under-gunwale locker stowage to provide more room for fish fighting. Removing it also enables the optional Glendinning Cablemaster and standard fresh- and saltwater washdowns to be recessed behind push-latch doors. Last, to keep the cockpit quieter, Egg Harbor moved the engine vents from here to the hull sides.
I can’t comment on cockpit-noise reduction, as I never had a chance to ride an earlier 43. But I did notice the vents take away some of the available outboard engine room space, which is already limited with the footprint of the big Cats. This area also has 3'5" of headroom, which is okay when you’re 5'7" like me, but taller boaters will find the engine room tight. However, I also noted that most of the regular maintenance items on the Cats are done on the inboard side of the engines.
One area that has plenty of room is the 43’s interior, which can be laid out three different ways. Layout A, on my test boat, consists of an Ultraleather lounge for five to starboard in the saloon and, just forward, the optional 20-inch Sole flat-screen TV, great for sitting on the hook waiting for the Giant bite. Snacks and full meals can easily be prepared in the galley-down to port, which is standard with a two-burner EuroKera electric cooktop, Sharp microwave, and Corian countertops. An extended galley countertop allows two guests to sit on stools on the saloon side of the galley and converse while you cook. Layouts B and C allow for a larger TV in the saloon and a shorter lounge in lieu of a dinette area, respectively.
A two-stateroom, one-head arrangement below decks is common in all the layout options. The queen-size island berth in the master forward can easily accommodate two adults. The guest stateroom with large double berth is aft to starboard of the master, and access to the head with shower stall is via the companionway or master. All layout options also feature an easy-to-maintain, high-gloss teak.
The 43 offers a solid ride in sloppy seas and strong performance when it’s calm. And by adding angling amenities like a 30-gallon livewell, an in-deck fishbox, bait freezers, outriggers, and more, it appears that Egg Harbor has not only made that foot into the end zone, but nailed the extra point, too.
Egg Harbor Yachts Phone: (609) 965-2300. www.eggharboryacht.com.
This article originally appeared in the September 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.