Mark Cameron Yachts

McMahon-Burns Fijian 43


Great value live aboard / cruiser



Lying: Inverness - Highlands, United Kingdom

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelMcMahon-Burns Fijian 43
NameClarsach Oir
DesignerHartley Boats
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
LyingInverness - Highlands, United Kingdom


Hull ConstructionFerro Cement hull. Long keel & skeg hung rudder
Keel TypeLong Keel


EnginePerkins 4.236, 84hp @2800 rpm marine diesel engine. 4 cylinder, turbocharged, direct injection, indirectly cooled marine diesel engine. Engine factory reconditioned in 2004, approximately 100 hours use since installation.
Fuel Capacity450l


Drinking Water Capacity450l


Hartley is a name long associated with the design and construction of Ferro Cement boats. Recognised as an authority on the matter the company have several popular designs to their credit and have published several volumes on the subject of Ferro boat construction. The Fijian 43 has proved to be a very popular design with examples to be found in all corners of the world, many the veterans of multiple ocean crossings.
CLARSACH OIR was built by Paul Peter McMahon Burns, launched in 1973 as 'GOLDEN HARP'. Over his 17 year ownership, he cruised the boat extensively, completing the 1981 Trans Atlantic Race. The name was changed by the current owner to the Gaelic for Golden Harp, CLARSACH OIR. With the current owners since 2004. Benefitting from some refitting below deck at the time of her purchase. Unlike many other examples of the class, she is finished in a style with minimal superstructure above deck level leaving a large expanse of open deck forward and aft. A GRP moulded doghouse providing shelter to the cockpit. Below decks her finish is similar to that of many home finished boats, a practical layout with good solid joinery work providing comfortable living space. In need of some re-finishing and upgrading, she is an excellent proposition for somebody looking to live aboard or enjoy blue water cruising on a budget.
Lying afloat in Inverness viewing is by prior appointment.

Purchased in late 2004 the boat was in a generally poor condition and in need of refitting. Over the following 3 years, I completed a re-fit of the boat including the installation of a factory reconditioned engine and gearbox, re-wiring, installation of a new heating system and replacement of the doghouse. The cost of refitting the boat being in excess of £60,000 throughout my ownership.

I have found that she sails well and has a well-balanced sail plan. She is well mannered in poor weather, not a boat which tends to broach in gusts. On one trip to the Western Isles, we crossed the Minch often exceeding 10kts of hull speed.
I have had a lot of fun with the boat during my ownership, staying aboard for a period also. She would be a great boat for somebody wanting to live aboard or cruise further afield.

Ferro-cement hull and deck constructed around steel rod and mesh framework.
Traditional full keel
Skeg hung rudder
GRP moulded coach roof superstructure and doghouse.
Topsides treated with concrete sealer in 2017 and finished in single pack blue Norland Marine gloss paint.
Below the waterline finished with Antifouling
Deck finished in dark grey paint.
Superstructure finished in white gloss paint.

Masthead, cutter rigged sloop.
Deck stepped double spreader mast.
Mast and spars of silver anodised alloy.
All standing rigging of 1x19 stainless steel.
Standing rigging replaced in current ownership, approximately 10 years ago.
Slab reefing mainsail
Hank-on genoa and staysail.
Rod kicker.
Fixed stainless steel steps to masthead.

Primary Winches - 2x Barlow 28, two-speed.
Secondary Winches - 2x Barlow 24, two-speed.
Mast Mounted Halyard Winches - 3x Gibb 28HA single-speed.
Boom Mounted Reefing Winch - 1x Barlow 15

Mainsail - White Dacron. Slab reefing.
Genoa - White Dacron. Hank-on.
Staysail - White Dacron. Hank-on.
Cruising Chute - Lightly used.

Cockpit Tent - Over boom type. Securing to toerails with zip doors.

Bower Anchor - Bruce 20kg on approximately 35m chain rode.
Manual Anchor Windlass - Lofrans Royal manual windlass.
Mooring Warps - Selection
Fenders – Selection

Double stemhead roller.
Stainless steel toerail with freeing ports running the length of the deck edge.
Stainless steel pulpit rail, extending aft to just forward of main mast step.
Stainless steel stanchions secured through the deck and toerail supporting double guardwires.
Deck mounted Lofrans manual windlass.
Stainless steel dorade box vents with funnels, forward of mast port and starboard.
GRP superstructure and doghouse with polycarbonate windows facing forward.
GRP moulding coamings and cockpit.
Stainless steel pushpit railing running around transom.
Boarding gate and fold down ladder on port side aft.
Large lazarette locker in centre of the aft deck.

Depth Sounder - Stowe
Log - Stowe
Wind - Stowe
GPS - Hand-held
VHF - Northstar - in a box ready to install.

Fresh Water System - Fully pressurised hot and cold water system. Hot water provided via separate 30ltr capacity calorifier (Calorifier New 2018), heated by engine or 240v immersion heater. Faucets in galley and heads. Single 450ltr capacity stainless steel water tank.
Heating - Webasto 3.5kw, (2005) diesel fired, blown air system. Outlets in aft cabin, saloon and forward cabin. Removed from boat and professionally overhauled 2015.
Galley Stove - Moffat 4 burner, grill and oven.
Fridge - Russell Hobbs domestic type. Front loading 240vAC
Gas System - Propane system. System inspected and with current British Waterways Safety Certificate
Forward Heads - Jabsco manual marine toilet. (2018). Discharging overboard.
Aft Heads - Chemical toilet.
Shore Power System - Hardwired 240V system with RCD protection. 240V 3 pin Uk sockets, immersion heater and battery charger.

The boat was modernised and re-fitted to some degree below decks at the time of the current owner purchasing the in 2004. The interior joinery work is of white painted bulkheads with varnished timber trims. The hull is lined with varnished timber strips. Headlining are a mixture of white and varnished painted timber planking.
Description of accommodation from forward:
Forepeak:Fitted out with double height fishing boat style coffin berths. Two berths to starboard with a single upper bunk to port. A small countertop being provided in place of the lower bunk to port. Storage provided below the lower starboard bunk and below the countertop to port.
Forward Heads:Separate compartment outboard to starboard, aft of the forepeak. Aft facing Jabsco manual marine toilet with wash hand basin, countertop and vanity unit outboard. A large storage locker is provided outboard to port, opposite the heads.
Saloon:Occupying the full width of the boat forward of the companionway. Fixed saloon table and L-shaped settee to starboard. Bench settee to port. Both settees converting to single bunks. Storage provided under and outboard of settees. TV mounted on forward face of the partial bulkhead at the aft end of port saloon settee.
Nav Station:To starboard of the companionway. Narrow chart table with storage beneath and outboard.
Galley:Linear galley in the walkthrough to the aft cabin, running along the port side of the hull. White domestic type worktop surfaces. Full-size domestic cooker forward. Stainless steel sink and draining board aft. Lockers beneath the worktop and outboard with additional storage locker running along the inboard side of the galley.
Aft Cabin:Master cabin with two large single berths port and starboard. Two additional cot type bunks are provided over the bunks port and starboard. Storage provided beneath bunks and in lockers forward.
Aft Heads:En-suite for the master cabin. Chemical toilet with separate shower stall and wash hand basin.

Manual Bilge Pump.
TV - Ogik 19" HD.
Tender - Inflatable dinghy.
Outboard - Honda 2.5hp, 4 stroke.
Boarding Ladder - Stainless steel transom mounted.

Perkins 4.236, 84hp @2800 rpm marine diesel engine.
4 cylinder, turbocharged, direct injection, indirectly cooled marine diesel engine.
Engine factory reconditioned in 2004, approximately 100 hours use since installation.
Engine last full-service autumn 2018
Stainless steel prop shaft
Traditional style stuffing gland with remote greaser.
Bronze 3 blade fixed propeller
4 separate stainless steel fuel tanks in bilge space, plumbed together to provide a total capacity of 450ltrs

Engine Bank - 2x 12v, 110Ah lead acid. (2014)
Domestic Bank - 2x 12v, 110Ah lead acid. (2014)

Wheel steering system.
Hydraulic system.
Bronze quadrant.

In this case we are acting as brokers only.
The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. whilst every care has been taken in their preparation , the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.
This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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