TRADITION Bristol 43.3 1987

Edgewater, MD


43 ft
12.92 ft
52 hp
10.5 ft


TRADITION is a Ted Hood designed Bristol 43.3 center-cockpit cruiser with a centerboard for a 4’5” shoal draft with the board up.  She is a classic cruising sloop that boasts two real staterooms, two heads with showers, air con, generator, and a large main salon – all in only 43’. Priced to sell now and as solid as the day she was first launched!



  • Boat Name: Bristol 43.3 1987
  • Location: Edgewater, MD
Engine 1
  • Brand: Westerbeke
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
  • Hours: 4505
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Engine Power: 52|horsepower



  • Professionally maintained
  • Black Awlgrip hull painted in 2009
  • Vetus Bow thruster
  • New fuel tanks installed in 2011
  • Quiet Fischer Panda 6kW generator in sound shield (installed ~2008, ~550 hours 8/2021)
  • Two zone (Fore & aft) reverse cycle air conditioning
  • Several fans installed strategically throughout cabins to ensure comfortable airflow
  • Interior upholstery finished by Annapolis Interiors
  • Jensen AM/FM/CD player with 8 Cybernet speakers (2 in aft stateroom, 2 in main salon, 2 in forward stateroom, and 2 on deck in cockpit)
  • Hideaway JVC flat screen in main salon with integrated DVD and mast top installed digital TV antenna
  • Frigoboat refrigeration
  • Propane shipmate three burner stove, oven & broiler
  • Xintex S-2A propane fume detector and control system
  • Custom queen mattress for aft stateroom
  • Custom v-berth sheets set
  • Manual head forward with Y-valve; Lectrasan waste treatment head aft
  • 30 amp shore power cord as well as TV hookup
  • Various pots, pans and cooking utensils



At Helm

  • Raymarine RL70C GPS/Plotter/Radar
  • Ritchie Compass
  • Icom HM 1628 VHF radio
  • Datamarine Depth, Datamarine Wind, Datamarine Speed
  • Raymarine Autohelm series autopilot


At Chart Table

  • Icom M505 VHF radio
  • Garmin GPS 128 – Custom winter/off-season cover (made late 2017)



  • 140% North Sails Genoa (2010)
  • Harken roller furling system with line led to cockpit
  • Standard mainsail with new (2019) boom cover, and almost new (2018) lazy jacks (+spare MAC sail cover from 2000 also conveys)
  • Forespar carbon whisker pole mounted on deck to starboard
  • Pole track on front of mast – Soft boom vang
  • One step mounted on mast above winch
  • Two Lewmar 43 ST winches on mast
  • One line stopper on mast
  • Lewmar 55 ST Primary winches – One electric winch handle (portable battery powered)
  • ~4 standard winch handles
  • Inside and outside tracks
  • Traveler mounted behind cockpit, close to help (new traveler line in 2019)
  • SailTec hydraulic backstay adjuster
  • 2 New 4D house batteries (2020) – New custom Sunbrella boom/mainsail cover (2019)
  • New Main Halyard (2019)
  • New Jib Halyard (2019) – New custom tapered jib furling line (2019)
  • New leach/boom topper (2019)
  • New Jib Sheets (2019)
  • New Outhaul (2019)
  • New Harken lazy jack system (2018)



  • Black Awlgrip hull (2009)
  • Cockpit dodger and bimini (dodger isinglass replaced in 2018)
  • Zip & button in full enclosure isinglass curtains wrap entire cockpit
  • Custom cockpit cushions
  • Teak cockpit table with expansion leafs
  • Bristol optional teak toe rail with S/S package
  • Two teak dorade boxes with S/S vents
  • Fiberglass decks with molded in non-skid
  • Electric windlass
  • Single anchor roller on S/S stem plate
  • CQR 35 pound with 200’ all chain rode
  • Anchor washdown system forward
  • Various dock lines, 4 fenders and S/S fender mount holders
  • Teak flag staff
  • Three water tanks: one under forward berth, one under aft berth, and one under port salon settee
  • West Marine brand PRU-3 inflatable dinghy with oars and storage bag (2017)
  • Three unique companionway hatches (one is a brand new 3-slat teak, one is clear Plexiglas, and one is teak frame with bug netted windows)
  • New engine start battery (2019)
  • New bilge pump (installed 2019)

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