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1983 Slocum 43

Kemah, Texas


This Slocum 43 is a proven world cruiser and is ready to go again... if you are looking for that right boat to liveaboard or do some extensive cruising take a very close look at this on, you will not be disappointed.

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: CHOTTO
Make: Slocum
Model: 43
Year: 1983
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: CYI430050383
Has Hull ID: Yes


Length: 43 ft
Length Overall: 42'6 ft
Waterline Length: 35'10 ft
Beam: 12'11 ft
Max Draft: 6'2 ft
Displacement: 28,104 lb
Cabin Headroom: 6'6 ft
Ballast: 9,000 lb

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Perkins
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 50hp
  • Type: Inboard


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 150 gal
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 180 gal


Heads Count: 1
Boat Class: Cutter


Doug Hughes
The listing Broker for this vessel is Doug Hughes, CPYB. He can be reached directly on his cell phone at 832-561-3344 or email for any additional information, to arrange a tour or to make an offer.
Sea Lake Yachts LLC


Sea Lake Yachts LLC
Watergate Yachting Center - Pier 3 1500 Marina Bay Dr. - Bldg. 112
Kemah, Texas, US, 77565


Listed for sale is Chotto, a 1983 Slocum 43 that has, between 2009 and 2016 been professionally  refitted, upgraded and improved to enable single or shorthanded (just a couple) sailing. 

Chotto is a beautiful 43’ cruising yacht that is well founded and constructed.  Her underbody is a modified fin with a skeg providing excellent turn of speed as well as comfort in all types of seas.  In order to facilitate short or single hand sailing, all her lines have been led aft, Harken st40 two speed self-tailing winches, Strong track, harken traveler, Facnor furling on the jib and staysail and Garhauer clutches were installed.  Chotto was frequently single handed up and down the gulf coast and has proven her ease of use.

In the all-important galley, there is a Force 10 propane stove, new and upgraded water pumps for fresh and salt water as well a Frigaboat spill over reefer and freezer that keep drinks and food nice and cold.  These systems were installed and or upgraded between 2010 and 2016 with the Frigaboat having a routine maintenance service in 2017 (seals, etc. as recommended by the manufacture). 

Chotto has a master cabin aft of the galley and to port of the companionway.  The master bunk can accommodate someone up to 6’7” and is plenty for 2 people.  The cabin has its own quiet fan, lighting and great port lights.  For double handing it’s convenient to the cockpit as well as the galley.  To the starboard of the companionway is a pilot birth that is perfect for either immediate need storage or a sleeping off duty crew.  Under the aft cabin deck are the AGM batteries that were installed in 2016.  They are maintained via a Charles 100amp charger as well as solar.  The 180w solar panel and charger were installed in 2016.

Forward of the pilot berth is a spacious wet locker for your foul weather gear, boots and other immediate supplies.  Under the companionway is storage and is used for all offshore equipment such as jack lines, gloves, etc.  Chotto is a well-equipped yacht for offshore with almost too many upgrades and equipment to mention.

Forward and starboard of the wet locker is the comfortable and large navigation station with a large chart table, storage under the table cover and chart storage under the table itself.  This is also where you can monitor the systems via the bluesky system, genset controls and propane scelenoid.  The windless and genset switches, all upgraded, are also at the nav station.  The genset is a NextGen 5.5kw and provided reliable power for the microwave, 110v fans, battery charger or at anchor, in those hot days – the AC!

Mid cabin you’ll find a circular settee and table with an integrated wine or liquor bottle cabinet on the port side and a straight settee on the starboard.  Behind and under the settees you’ll find cabinet and storage.  All cushions were redone in faux leather and have new foam and all lights, both internal and external, are LED (including red lights for night sailing).  Under and in back of each settee is ample storage as well as a Wabasto 16k Btu reverse cycle AC/heat to keep you cool or warm.  Under the main cabin floor is also where you’ll find the engine.  The engine is a rebuilt Perkin 4108 50hp with a rebuilt BorgWarner hydraulic transmission.   Forward of the engine in its own areas is where you’ll find two 75gal water tanks and forward of that you’ll find sail storage.  Befitting a true blue water boat, Chotto is not wanting for storage!  Forward and to port of the main saloon is the head.  Unlike many cruising yacht, Chotto has a shower and small tub separate from the head itself.  This makes for great privacy, clean up and provide a variety of uses.  The head itself was replaced in 2010 and pumps replaced in 2016.   In the head, as well as the galley, there is both hot and cold pressure water as well as foot pumps for fresh water.  The shower drains into a separate gray water holding tank that can be emptied via an internal pump.  The head itself empties into the holding tank with pump-out ports topside.  There is also a y valve for offshore operation.

Starboard of the head is yet another hanging locker for dry clothes and equipment as well as drawers to use as needed.  Moving forward is where you’ll find a comfortable cabin with two separate bunks, its own hanging locker, numerous cabinets and draws as well as counter space.  This cabin has 3 separate lights and a whisper quite fan. 

Forward of the cabin is the chain locker where you’ll find 400’ of galvanized chain leading to a Nilsson electric windlass and a 2016 mantus anchor.  At anchor, the combination will and has provided comfort and safety in even the roughest storms.   The windless is powerful and simple and helps you eliminate that back breaking effort of raising the anchor.  Easy to accomplish single handed too.  And to facilitate a clean boat, the salt water wash-down is right next to the windlass and provides an easy way to clean the chain and anchor as well as the boat herself. 

Now let’s talk sailing!!!  Ease of sail handling is what it is about and Chotto provides that.  The forestay and inner stay both have Facnor furling on them and the main has a Strong Track.  The Strong Track allow for ease of raising and lowering the main, even in a blow and even downwind!!  The furlers are proven tough and are a nice feature when needing to reef the headsail.  In order to control most of this, the lines have been led aft so no leaving the cockpit.  You can control the new harken traveler, raise lower and reef the main, control the boomvang and more all from the comfort of the cockpit.  Get a Wincher and it would all be effortless.  The jib winches are 2 speed self-tailing and provide as of use in trimming.  Via her current setup you can trim her to sail on her own and gain maximum speed or sit back and just cruise easily. 

Sails were new in 2010 and include the headsail (110), staysail and main.  There is a spare main, a new working jib as well as a trysail for storm sailing.  For lighter air there is a 150 genoa.     Working all this required newer and stronger running rigging as well as new turning blocks and sheaves which were installed between 2010 and 2016.

Over the davits you’ll find the 180w solar panel installed in 2016.  The panel is installed high to provide optimum sun exposure and limit any potential shade. 

Chotto is ready to go... load your provisions, clothing and personal items and she’ll take you into the bay, the gulf, the Caribbean or anywhere in the world. 

Chotto has had two owners and only 2 for her entire life.  The current owner has had her almost 13 years.  With the original owner Chotto has been to the Indian Ocean, South Pacific, Caribbean and the Gulf and all on her own keel!  She’s a proven off shore yacht.

Safety Equipment

Life sling

Life jackets

Crew overboard Strobes (2)

Jack lines

Flare kit

Air horn

Ships bell

Auto bilge pump (2) with alarm

Hand diaphragm bilge pump

Fire extinguishers (3)

Heavy-duty sea anchor (web parachute)

Sail Inventory

Main w/triple reef

150/110/80 headsail all roller furling

Roller furling staysails rated to 65kt

Facnor roller furling on forestay and inner forestay with Strong Track on Main

All lines led aft

Above Decks / Topside

Stainless/sunbrella dodger and bimini

Boom gallows of bronze, stainless and teak

Stainless mast rails

Dorade boxes with removable cowls

Bridge deck mounted main traveler

(2) Harken 40 ST - 2 speed primary winches, Barlow 2 speed jib and staysail winches

45 lb mantus main anchor, 65 lb Danforth

400’ ft. of anchor chain

Nilsson electric windless

New head stay (2011)

New Facnor furlers  (2011)

VHF antenna

New anchor light (2015)

All nav lights converted to LED

Cockpit mounted compass (refurbished 2011)

TacTic wind speed and direct

Below Decks

Leatherette saloon upholstery

Brass clock and barometer  

Dual stainless galley sink with hot/cold pressure and salt water  

Gimbaled Force 10 stove

Two 90 gal. stainless steel fresh water tanks (2020)

Foot pumps in galley and head (fresh and salt water)

Frigaboat fridge and freezer

Raritan PH II manual head  

25gal holding tank and 15gal gray water tank


Bluesea ships monitor

AGM 400amp house batteries and AGM starter battery

battery switches - House bank, starter battery and emergency combiner

80 amp. alternator

House bank/starter battery equalizer

Charles 100amp charger

50 ft. shore power cord


Garmin depth sounder

VHS radio

Garmin 3212 chart plotter

Garmin 18 mile radar

Garmin Autopilot

Engine Room

Perkins 4-108 diesel engine

Dual Racor filters

fuel tanks 2- 75 gal. aluminum (2010)

110v and engine provided hot water heater

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