Specs & Pics

Meander – Sailing off Grove Point ,Sassafras river, Upper Chesapeake Bay

Formosa 43, Performance cruiser , sailboat for sale at $49,900.00 (Cheap at twice the price!)

 Call Bob  if you are interested in her at 570-527-0931

or email at :summerhill_co@comcast.net

Well some of you know I’m a sailor & I keep a fine 1985 Formosa 43 Sloop down on the Chesapeake Bay. We’ve, ( my wife and I) have decided to sell her and get something a bit smaller and easier to maintain. You know…more couple friendly. I don’t need those 3 double state rooms anymore as my kids have gone on to their own life adventures.

So for anyone who’s interested, here are the specs and some pics. Share the link with your friends and family, you never know who’s a closet sailor !

“Meander” is a heavy, very sturdy yet very nimble performance cruising sail boat. Built by the “Formosa Boat Building Company” in 1985. She was designed by Ron Holland  & she shows it! Evey aspect of this sailing yacht has been very well thought out. She was built with the quality of craftsmanship and materials the better Taiwanese builders are known for.

43’ Formosa Sloop “Meander”

Sleek & Modern European Styled Performance Cruiser

(She looks a little like a Swan)

  • Year 1985
  • NOW  only $49,900.00
  • Located in Gregg Neck Boat Yard Galena MD.  (in the fresh water of the Sassafras River) on the upper Chesapeake Bay
  • Hull:  Hand laid Fiberglass    (Deep fin keel (encapsulated lead), w. a big skeg hung rudder)
  • Engine/fuel Type: Volvo Penta Diesel, MD-21B – 67 HP
  • With 3 double state rooms + a crew berth

LOD 43’,   LWL 33.’  Beam 13’,  Draft  6’8”

Displacement,   28,000 # ,  Ballast 9,600#  (encapsulated lead in keel)

Mast height, 55’-  Hull speed, 7.5 kts + , Cruising speed – 6.9 kts @ 2800 rpm

Fuel capacity, 64 Gal. in 2 iron tanks (with access ports) ( Cleaned in 2007)

Water capacity: 128 Gal. in 4 stainless steel tanks (with access)

Holding Tank Capacity, 30 Gal. in Poly Tank w. grinder, self pump-out (2007)

Designer:  Ron Holland

Builder:   Formosa Boat Building Co  Taiwan

Hull # 4318

Engine: Enclosed within a real “Engine Room” along with the A/C,   heat, Gen set, Steering Quadrant with below deck hydraulic Auto pilot & work bench & storage..

  • Volvo Penta MD 21-B, 67 HP Diesel ( very powerful!)

    Meander at the Dock

  • Fresh water cooled
  • Dual controls on the binnacle
  • Control panel (in cockpit) with water temp, oil pres, RPM’s, Alarm lights
  • Volvo S-110 Sail Drive ( back by the skeg & rudder, very maneuverable) We bought a newer complete sail drive and rebuilt it. I installed it in Meander last spring along with all new seals, zinks and a new paint job. We will rebuild the older sail drive and keep it for a spare !
  • 3 Blade Max Prop new in (1997)
  • Double Dahl 100 fuel filters with bypass & electric fuel pump ( 2007)
  • Built in electric oil change pump (2006) for both engine & gen set

Gen Set:  Westerbeke WPD-4 Diesel

Main salon table, seating for 5 easily !

  • Raw water cooled
  • 4K watts continuous rating (will run A/C, & Charger)
  • Remote start with controls & ship / shore panel

Electrical:  110 VAC at 30 Amps

  • Complete breaker panel with volt & amp meters
  • 4-, 6 volt  fork lift batteries, ( 2012 ) battery bank #1( about 800 amp hrs.)
  • 1-, 12 volt engine starting  deep cycle) (2012) battery bank #2
  • Battery selector switch
  • Balmar galvanic isolator (2007)
  • Heart Freedom 2500 Inverter / Charger (2004)
  • Heart Link 2000 Interface controller (2006)
  • “Cruising Equipment” 125 Amp Alternator (rebuilt in 2011)

    Galley, comfortable safe and efficient

  • “Cruising Equipment” High Amp Regulator (new in 2011)
  • 30 Amp Shore power chord
  • Bright Lighting & fan in engine room
  • Halogen, florescent  and incandescent lighting through out the boat
  • A full suit of Navigation lights ( Aqua signal,)(all but stern light new) (2007)
  • New tri-color / anchor light 20012
  • Spreader lights
  • Hella & other 12 vdc fans through out the boat (5) total
  • 110 vac & 12 vdc outlets through out the boat

Sails & Rigging:  Sloop rigged with a baby stay that can convert to an inner forestay for storm jib

  • 3/8” stainless steel standing rigging with swaged fittings
  • Painted keel stepped Aluminum Isomat mast with spartight  seal system & aluminum boom
  • Seafurl roller furling with double groove foil (1997)
  • Navtec Hydraulic back stay adjuster  (1997), refurbished in 2006
  • Jiffy/ slab reefing system

    Double “Dahl 100” fuel filter system with (back-up & priming) electric fuel pump
    I know, you know this is sweet!

  • Double spreader
  • Bungy type lazy jack main sail controller (2002)
  • Spinnaker pole with mast track
  • All haulyards working, 2 main, 2 jib, 1 spinnaker, 1 storm jib, 1 topping lift, 1 pole crane.
  • All haulyards run through Lewmar clutches (5) (2002)
  • Main sheet   6-1 ratio with Harken ball bearing blocks
  • Scheafer Main sheet traveler on bridge deck
  • Winches: 2 very large  2 sp for genny, 2 smaller  2 sp.  for working jib, both in cockpit, 1 midsize  2 sp. for main sheet ( never needed) 2 mid sized  on mast for jib haulyards & reefing system, 1 Self tailing Lewmar #26, 2 sp for Main Haulyard on mast.
  • Mast steps to top of stick.


  • Main is Hood Laminate cloth, racing type, Radial cut, 2 full battens, 2 reef points (1997) (Hild & Hild) ( some mildew stains) triple stitched needs some re-stitching.
  • Genny is 160 % Laminate cloth, radial cut with Dark green cover (1997) (Hild & Hild) (some mildew stains) triple stitched, was re stitched with minor repairs .
  • Working jib is 110% Laminate, Radial cut (hardly ever used) (1997) Hild & Hild) in  like new condition
  • Storm Jib, Heavy Dacron, hank on, for inner forestay (never used)
  • Original Main Heavy Dacron, triple stitched with 3 reef points in very good shape

    4KW Westerbeke gen set

  • Original 155% Genny Dacron (this sail’s in GREAT condition)


  • Hot water heater, 110 vac & engine  new in 2013
  • Hot & cold pressure water through out boat, & a shower on the transom.  ALL new PEX piping through out
  • Double stainless steel sink with new faucet and fresh water foot pump (new)
  • 3 burner Taylor gimbaled,  LPG range with oven and control switch (2000)
  • Built in Microwave oven (2000)
  • New custom cabinetry through out the main salon & galley
  • Seafrost engine driven refrige / freezer (1995) in a large well insulated box.
  • Seafrost SA-1,  110 vac shore assist  refer unit
  • 2013 spring I installed a new Isotherm 12 vdc refer

    Front view of the Volvo / Penta md-21B Great Access !

  • Copious storage lockers, draws, cupboards & racks
  • Self draining dish cupboard over sink (just like the Swans have)!
  • Extra fold up work table for dinner prep.
  • Teak, fold-up cockpit table with binoc. rack


  • Raymarine C70 Color – GPS / Radar / chart plotter with charts (2005)
  • With 24” radar dome on mast with Display in cockpit, above Binnacle
  • Computer serial bus plugs from GPS for lap-top at nav. station & cockpit
  • B & G Hydra 2000 instruments with multifunction displays (4 units) above binnacle and a 20/20 display on the mast , boat sp, wind, depth,  etc. (these instruments have hundreds of function combinations) (1995) w. covers
  • 12 v dvd player with remote (2005),
  • 13” color TV with VCR with remote (2002)
  • new digital tv decoder w. remote
  • Shakespeare TV antenna with signal amp (2003) on mast (12vdc & 110 vac)

    Me at the helm…steering with my feet… cruising on down the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Robertson / Simrad, below deck Hydraulic auto pilot with remote (1995) very strong !
  • Panasonic 12 disk CD player with separate amp  &  remote (1995)
  • Alpine speakers in cockpit, Polyplanar speakers below deck  (6 units) (2003)
  • Standard Horizon Hand held VHF with charging cup & back up battery tray – new in 2012
  • Raymarine built in VHF radio with DSC, antenna at mast head. (2004)

Additional Gear:

  • Richie Globe master Compass on binnacle with cover
  • Fuel level gauge,
  • Manual High volume bilge pump permanently installed under floor
  • Smoke & CO Alarms (2015)

    Susan & the kids…home schooling while underway down the Bay !

  • Bilge vapor alarm (2007)
  • High water alarm (2007)
  • 2000 gal /hr. main bilge pump with new whale solid state auto / manual switch
  • 500 gal / hr. back up bilge pump in forward shower sump
  • 500 gal / hr. bilge pumps in aft shower sump .
  • Emergency Tiller
  • Deck wash down pump with hose bib in chain locker (2005)
  • Large Stainless steel grill on rail, LPG
  • Double, very heavy duty,  Integrated Stainless steel bow rollers
  • Super-Heavy Duty Dingy Davits
  • Heavy (45#) CQR type Anchor with ALL chain +/- 250’
  • Permanent Davis Radar reflector
  • Danforth type working anchor with 10’ chain & 250’+/-  ¾” rode
  • Stainless steel sissy bars at mast,  Stainless pulpit & pushpit rails
  • Toe rail with Teak cap, Stainless life line stanchions, Life lines with gates x 2.  Toe rail has stainless steel rub strake.
  • Fold down transom ladder with wood steps

    A cool view from the pulpit – while motoring down the Chesapeake Bay

  • 17,000 BTU Air conditioner with heat
  • Engine supplied hot water cabin heater with 3 speed fan.
  • Ideal Capstan windlass / wild cat. with foot controls
  • New PHR II manual toilet in capt’ns ‘ head
  • Wheems & Plath Tank monitor system (new, not hooked up)
  • 2 brass oil lamps in the 2 main cabins
  • Wheems & Plath Brass  wall Clock & Barometer ( clock not currently working)
  • 8 bronze port lights,  operational with screens,   2 fixed side windows rebedded in 2013
  • 1 –  2’x2’ forward hatch, rear facing Vestus   w. screens
  • 2 – 12” x 18” hatches in the 2  forward staterooms   w. screens
  • 2 – 18” x 24” hatches in the main salon & galley   w. screens     ( Bomar, new in 2006)
  • Main companionway hatch has full screens.
  • 2 stainless air scoops on teak dorad boxes, Bronze closeable “mushroom” vent over galley stove.
  • Dark green  Sunbrella hatch covers & winch covers
  • Semi permanent Dodger and Bimini, dark green sunbrella with permanent stainless steel frames,  ( ALL restitched in 2012) roll up summer sun shades . NEW isinglass  in dodger in 2012
  • Cockpit enclosure, dark green, in almost new condition.
  • Teak decks, 3/8” thick, in very good condition
  • Hull is hand laid fiberglass (very thick).  Deck is cored with 5/8”x 2” strip mahogany. Each strip is fully encapsulated in resin. (This means very little,  and isolated core damage if any deck leaks do happen).
  • New Captains’ cabin mattress ( 6” Therapedic foam from Lemoyne mattress Co. with quilted top) and settee upholstery 5 “ in the main salon  New (2006)
  • Lots of New custom cabinetry in main salon , New table ( with hidden compartment to hold ALL your chart kits)  and flat ware draw., Pull out bench seat (doubles as a liquor locker) nav. station desk top & table top have pneumatic lifters & latches.

Accommodations   Starting forward:

  • Large self draining chain locker with forward berth access
  • Next, Single crew berth with desk and storage locker with shelves, this is my junk room
  • Next aft:  Athwart ship head with sink & shower, and electric head.
  • Next aft: 2 side by side double cabins with fold down desks and large mirror, 9 drawers in each bedroom with a full length shelf with rail
  • Next aft:  Main salon with large “U” shaped settee to starboard and the galley followed by the nav. station to port  The Companion way rises up to the bridge deck from the main salon
  • Next aft:  Is the Captains Cabin with a double Pullman  bunk to starboard with 4 drawers under, a large mirror, fold up desk and a full length shelf with rail.
  • Captain’s private  head with shower is to port.
  • Next aft: is a small hall way with a hanging locker to port and the entrance to the Engine room
  • Engine has GREAT access to all sides  with very good lighting & a fan.
  • 6’ + head room through out most of the boat, with lots of hand holds at well thought out locations
  • ALL cabins have beautiful teak joinery with doors &  latches for privacy.
  • This boat has a huge amount of storage spaces. little spaces have been wasted.
  • She has the beautiful Teak wood work that the Taiwan builders are known for.
  • ALL structural bulkheads and components are glassed to the hull with proper tabbing. Making for a very stiff  and seaworthy structure.
  • ALL spaces are accessible for inspection or repairs.
  • In addition: I have an ”AB”,  10′ RIB tender ,  with a Tohatsu 18 hp outboard, lights & anchor.  I will include with purchase at no extras charge.
  • Supper Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Davits.

Formosa 43 Drawing – sail plan and layout

Meander and her systems have been continuously upgraded and improved through-out my time with her. Including most of her plumbing and electronics. She has lived in the fresh water of the upper bay the whole time I’ve sailed her. Her top sides & cabin were Awlgriped in white in 1997, The engine had valve job in 1997 along with a new heat exchanger. She has a new (6 coats) West system barrier coated bottom in 2007 with 3 coats of Ablative type bottom paint ( in contrasting colors.).

In 1999 When I was looking for a boat, I wanted a boat I could park on the rocks and sail away the next day, I found that in Meander- and then some. With a 6’8 draft and sailing on the Chesapeake I tend to find the muddy bottom on occasion but with her fin keel and heavy skeg,  She just spins around on her keel and drives out of the mud with little or no effort.!  I’ve yet to get really stuck aground.

I’ve sailed “Meander” for over 19years now. I’m her 3rd owner.  I am looking for something more couple friendly as both my kids have gone off on their own life adventures. I would be happy to talk a trade for the right boat. Meander would be a great family boat with those 3 double state rooms. She truly is a sheer joy to sail.

This is a very well thought out boat with beautiful teak joinery work.  She tacks easily through 40* , sails well in light air & will stand up in a blow. & she maneuvers very nimbly.  She is Very easy to sail short handed.

“Meander “ is a  sleek, fast and safe sail boat and would be great for a family cruiser, or just to have that vacation home on the water.

I wouldn’t be afraid to take her anywhere!



  1. Dear Bob,
    We are very interested in a yacht like Meander as our family (two kids) is growing out of our S2 35C. You mention you would like to get into something smaller. Would you be interested in a trade plus cash?


    • Sure I would be happy to talk to you about this. & show you Meander to boot ! Where are you (and your boat) located?
      Bob Leiby

    • Andrew, you need to get me your email address so we can talk more about this. Mine is summerhill_co@comcast.net
      Thanks, Bob

  2. Dear Bob,
    I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on the Volvo saildrive that comes on a Formosa 43.
    Can’t seem to get an honest assessment form an experienced owner.
    Topper Rush

    • Hi Topper, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you.
      I have a s110 sail drive on Meander. I’ve rebuilt it because of an issue with a collapsed roller bearing set. As I described in the blog post, the thing was running in reverse the whole time I owned it and so the central shaft was always in pressure upward against the lube cap in the top instead of the lower unit as it should have been. The gearing is the same in reverse or forward. The guts seem bullet proof and very simple in its engineering. Therefore easy to understand and work on.
      As with ALL saildrives, the issues are with the aluminum housing. It doesn’t take vagrant currents kindly. So keeping an eye on this lower unit is a must for corrosion problems.
      I hope this helps
      Cheers, Bob Leiby

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