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Good as Gold - Montevideo 43

Good as Gold is a Montevideo 43, which is considered to be a very sturdy blue ocean sailing yacht. It is well-balanced and easy to handle. It has a reputation of a bluewater sailing yacht built for the tough southern hemisphere seas. It is popular with sailors that want to sail between continents or around the world. 
Good as Gold in a nice anchorage

Built in South Africa from the 1980’s until approximately the early 1990’s, the Montevideo 43 was “designed” by Fred Scholtz and an associate, calling themselves SVR Design. Fred Scholtz, the original builder, used a solid GRP laminate. Angelo Lavranos believes SVR Design had a set of lines (of USA origin) which they “factored” to make the Montevideo. Lavranos was consulted at a later stage and gave advice on ballast and rig design. Angelo Lavranos estimates that Fred Scholtz built less than a dozen Montevideos, John Robertson about six, and a later builder, Med Marine, probably built three or four in the early 1990’s. 

Cabin accommodations will sleep four people in two cabins, plus room for three more in the salon. Water and fuel capacities are 240 gallons or 900 liters of water and 80 gallons or 300 liters of diesel fuel. The Montevideo 43 was designed as a cutter rigged yacht. However, Good as Gold was changed to a self-tacking solent rig by previous owners.

Main salon - port side

Main salon - starboard side

Galley - viewed from the main salon

Other features include: 
  • Large aft master stateroom with private sitting area
  • Forward v-berth stateroom
  • Two heads with showers
  • Main salon with large collapsible dining table can sleep an additional two people
  • Navigation desk with adjacent sea berth which can sleep an additional person
  • Teak & holly floors, lots of teak throughout
  • Lots of storage throughout

Here are the dimensions of the Montevideo 43 Yacht in feet and metric:
  • Length: 43 ft. / 13.1 meters
  • Length at waterline: 35 ft. / 10.6 meters
  • Beam: 13 ft. / 3.9 meters
  • Draft: 6.0 ft. / 1.85 meters
  • Displacement: 12.4 tons
Med Marine, continued to use the sandwich structure in the (renamed) Monte Carlo, a "version" of the Montevideo 43. The Monte Carlo has an encapsulated shallower wing bulb keel which Lavranos designed for Med Marine.

Angelo Lavranos
Mr. Lavranos began designing yachts in 1975 and is now the head of Lavranos Marine Design Ltd. in Auckland, New Zealand where he set up shop in 1996. He has produced over 300 designs resulting in over 2,000 built yachts. Mr. Lavranos yacht designs are highly regarded. 

John Robertson
John Roberston is now part of Robertson & Caine, who are now mostly involved in the design and production of sailing and power catamarans.

Tub of Gold
"Tubby" is our Australian 12-foot aluminum Quintrex dinghy with a whopping 3.3hp motor.

Tubby - sometimes referred to as "Malcolm's Boat"