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Ocean, the M43 is a fairly traidition design IMO and benefits/suffers from most of the predictable things, as a result. It is clearly a stable, capable offshore boat and built to take abuse at sea. It is a handful for a short-handed crew and can generate a lot of momentum when trying to maneuver in small basins. It enjoys/suffers from having an engine in the bilge; be sure you think the implications of that through before going further. Better yet, look at how you''ll replace each of the belst, do an oil & fuel filter change, and then provide ongoing ventilation in there should the boat be in colder waters.
IMO the biggest weakness of a M43 is the cockpit: it strikes me as being terribly unuser friendly at sea. If you plan to use the boat in less temperate or seasonal climates, you might want to look at how you and your crew can be comfortable on a long watch.