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Used Boat, Center Cockpit, Cruising Yacht, Sailing Yacht

Van de Stadt Sea Life 43

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  • CHF 70'000.-when importing into Switzerland, there may be customs and reassembly costs
  • 1987Year Built
  • very good conditionCondition
  • 13.00 m x 3.90 mLength x Beam
  • 1.90 mDraught
  • 16'000 kgDisplacement
  • A - OceanCE Design Category
  • SteelMaterial
  • Wheel controlSteering
  • Long keelKeel Type
  • 5'000 kgBallast
  • 200 cmHeadroom
  • 4 CabinsNo. of Cabins
  • 6 bedsNo. of berths
  • 1 BathroomNo. of Bathrooms
  • 1'260 l WaterFresh water tank
  • 260 l Waste WaterHolding Tank
  • Inboard Direct-DrivePropulsion
  • Vetus VH4.80Engine
  • 1 x 80 HP / 59 kWEngine Performance
  • 750 l DieselFuel Type
  • 700 hEngine Hours
  • 50 m² (Battened Mainsail)Mainsail
  • 26 m² (Roller Furling)Jib
  • 56 m² (Roller Furling)Genoa
  • 40 m²Spinnaker


Spain » Portugal or Spain


1987 Van de Stadt Sea Life 43, CHF 70'000.-

With a heavy heart we must sell our beloved sailboat TONLEI after having a few amazing years with her. We just sailed her around the Atlantic, from the Canary Islands to Gambia, West Africa, then crossing the Atlantic to French Guyana, then up to the Caribbean and then another Atlantic crossing back to the Azores. We are currently still under way sailing her, but she will be available from October on in either Spain (Atlantic coast) or Portugal.

She is an excellent sailor that tracks well and behaves sea kindly. Due to the large sail area, she will easily throw out 7kn in all but the very lightest conditions but really starts to shine in heavier winds. This boat can handle very heavy weather without any problems.

TONLEI is a Van de Stadt design, known for their seaworthiness. She has been built by a professional shipyard in Rotterdam in 1987 to the highest standard and the interior has been built by a carpenter. The hull is built from extremely high-quality steel in 4mm, 6mm and 10mm, depending on location. This results in an excellent build quality and an extremely robust vessel. TONLEI is probably one of the finest Zealife models out there and her lines are pleasing to the eye. The perfect ship for far away sailing adventures when reliability and seaworthiness are key.
She has had two extensive refits recently, one in 2013/2014 by her previous owner and one in 2023 by us. Most systems of the ship have been renewed.
This means the boat is in excellent condition and immediately ready to sail on for another round around the Atlantic or the world. See below for more details of the refit.

If you are interested to see the boat, you are very welcome to join us under way for a couple of days and see TONLEI in action! Probably the best way to check out a new boat!
The second best way to learn more about the boat and the refit would be to check out our youtube channel: Hippo.Albatross, where you can find a boat tour and many videos about the refit.

She is cutter rigged, with a large Genoa (56sqm), a working Jib (26sqm), a large Mainsail (50sqm) and a Blister (40sqm). All sails are in excellent condition, new in 2014, only used two seasons (one previous owner, one us) and otherwise stored inside. The Genoa and the Jib are on Profurl roller furlers (2014).
The rigg is 17m, with mast steps, the standing rigging is oversized (standing rigging new 2014, inspected by professional 2023). Running rigging 2014 or 2023. She has 8 winches, two Lewmar 65 two speed, two Andersen 40ST two speed, two Andersen 28ST two speed, two Andersen 28ST single speed. Winches serviced 2024.

The hull has been inspected with ultra-sound in 2023. Underwater ship completely new paint system (Jotun, epoxy, tie coat, antifouling, 2023), new sacrificial anodes (2023).

Steering can be done at the wheel protected under the hard dodger, with the emergency tiller from the cockpit or with either the Windpilot Pacific Plus (rebuilt 2023) or the autopilot Autohelm 3000 (2 units, 2013).

She sleeps 6 in 4 cabins: 1 single bed in the front cabin, 2 bunk beds in the portside cabin, 1 single bed in the starboard cabin, 1 double bed in the aft cabin. New matresses 2023, new interior paint 2023. Bright interior, new portlights in 15mm acrylic (2023).

She has a domestic battery capacity of 7200 kWh (2*12V*300Ah) lithium (LiFePo) in a 24V system (new 2023). Chargeable by land power (60A, 2013), solar power (40A, 2* Victron Smart Solar 100/20, 2023) or engine alternator (75A, 2014). She has 870-Watt solar capacity (550W + 2*160W, new 2023). New 3000-Watt inverter (2023). We have been cooking fully electric for more than one year, several meals per day, for two to four people and have never run out of energy.

She has 3 anchors, 1 Mantus M1 55kg (2023) with 100m 10mm chain (2023) and 2 CQR 35 Kg with 14m 13mm chain plus rope. The new Lofrans X3 windlass (2023) can be used from the cockpit or with a remote.

She has 1260-liter freshwater capacity (800L, 300L, 160L). The freshwater system includes a two-stage filtration system and a UV-C sterilization step (tanks inspected 2023).
She has 260 liter grey and blackwater capacity (all new fittings 2023).

She has been repowered in 2014 with a Vetus VH4.80, serviced 2023, new filters, new impeller, new fuel lines, 700 hours as of now. She has parallel mounted SEPAR 2000/5 diesel filters (2023), so they can be exchanged while the engine is running. She has 750-liter diesel capacity (2*300L main tank, 150L reserve tank, all cleaned 2023). New starter battery (2023).

The hull can be separated in 6 watertight compartments with 2 watertight bulkheads and 4 watertight doors. Separate are: Aft locker, aft cabin, engine room, main cabin, front cabin, anchor locker with crash box. It’s equipped with 7 bilge pumps: 4 automatic with float switches in main bilge (2023), one high power electronic without float switch in engine room (2014), 1 automatic high power mobile (2023), 1 manual in main bilge (2023), high water bilge alarm (2023). All bilges painted (2013/2023). Life raft new 2013, serviced 2023. New MOB rescue kit (2023), 2 life jackets (2023), emergency fire works (2023), PLB ResQLink (2024).

3 through hulls, one for the engine and two for the toilet. (All new in 2023, Maestrini, bronze, isolated). Sanitary hoses for sea toilet new (2023).

The boat is sold completely equipped. It has a fully equipped galley with pots, pans, plates, cutlery etc. incl. a microwave. It comes equipped with linens and towels. It is equipped with a boatload of spares for all sorts of things, filters for the water system, filters for the engine, belts, impellers, gaskets, fuses, an extra propeller, blocks, lines. There is plenty of maintenance material like epoxy paint, antiskid paint, interior paint, greases and lubes, glues, and sealants. There is an overcomplete set of tools for literally any boat job you can do including lots of power tools like angle grinder, orbital sander, flat sander, power drill, hacksaw, welding machine, etc.


  • Shore Connection
  • Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Inverter
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Gas Detector
  • Anchor
  • Bow Anchor Capstan
  • Electric winch
  • Bilge Pump
  • Life Raft
  • Navigation Lights
  • Water Pressure System
  • Solar panels
  • Board Computer
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Autopilot
  • Windvane self-steering
  • VHF Radio
  • Radar
  • Chartplotter
  • Wind Instrument
  • Depth Instrument
  • Speed Instrument
  • AIS
  • Stove
  • Ceran Stove
  • Microwave
  • Sink
  • Fridge
  • Electric Stove
  • Extractor Hood
  • Swim Ladder
  • Davits
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • Cockpit Table
  • BBQ-Grill
  • Teak Cockpit
  • Underwater Paint


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