1998 Saga 43

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Class Sails
Category Cruisers
Year 1998
Make Saga
Length 43'
Propulsion Type Single Inboard
Hull Material Fiberglass
Fuel Type Diesel
Location Seattle, WA
Sail Area

IJPE : 949.42 sq ft
I : 51.42 ft
J : 18.25 ft
P : 58.17 ft
E : 16.50 ft

Manufacturer Provided Description

Taking the lead from the shorthanded offshore racing fleets like Whitbread and BOC around the world races, Saga has opted to maximize waterline length to gain the desired interior space, and to pare weight judiciously while retaining a relatively narrow beam. The hull has an ultra-fine entry angle with low drag, and is therefore very easily driven through the water and chop with far less sail area required. That makes for less strain on the rig, lower sheet and winch loads, and - most importantly - less sweat on the crew. Coupled with its 19,500 lb. displacement, the Saga 43 will require no more effort to sail than the average 38 footer. The Saga 43's longer waterline length translates to higher speeds under both power and sail. The Saga 43 performs more like a 50 footer with a dynamic waterline length of over 41 ft. when underway. The Saga 43 rig is also heavily BOC influenced and optimized for shorthanded crews. Neither a cutter nor a sloop in the usual sense, the Saga 43 rig has tandem roller furling units for the headsails. The rig is proportioned so that it does not require overlapping headsails for power when sailing close-hauled. The inner furler handles the self-tacking jib for windward work. A custom Harken traveler on the forelock reduces tacking up a narrow channel to a mere turn of the wheel. After bearing away to a reach, the crew simply rolls out the special high reaching genoa on the outer furler to increase the horsepower downwind. The jib is then furled out of the way. The resulting forward shift in the center of pressure maintains a light balanced helm pressure and superior control. In light air and at deeper downwind angles, the asymmetrical spinnaker may be flown from the stainless steel bowsprit without the complications of either a conventional spinnaker pole or the associated leaks and problems of a retracting type pole. Mainsail hoisting and reefing chores are taken care of from inside the safety of the cockpit with a push of a button on the two speed, self-tailing electric winch. Mainsail handling is further simplified by a Harken TM "Batt-Car" system. The Saga 43 has several on-deck innovations. The stainless steel bowsprit supports the dual anchor rollers and gets the anchors clear of her near-plumb bow. A combination of dorade vents, opening ports, and lots of hatches provide ventilation even in tropical heat waves. Storage wells at the mast base hide away halyard tails and winch handles. Further aft another set of coaming wells store the mainsheet, reefing lines, and halyards that are led aft, clearing the inevitable clutter in the cockpit. A self-draining storage locker for a six-man valise liferaft and even a proper CG approved vented locker to store the gasoline for the dinghy's motor are important features. The cockpit features 7'6" sculpted seats suitable for sleeping under the stars. The boat features the Saga walkout transom which is not only an offshore safety feature, but is also practical when boarding or swimming. Molded-in foot braces make the crew comfortable even when heeled. The "stealth" bridge deck has been designed so that while it will keeps water out of the cabin, it does not hinder entry below to the cabin. The main saloon is 14 feet across and the galley contains a large freezer - refrigerator with 12V refrigeration, a microwave, Force 10 stove, drawers and cabinets. Forward of the galley is a working navigation area and inviting main saloon with a drop leaf table. All joinery is hand crafted, hand rubbed, and satin varnished in cherry wood. There is minimal exposed woodwork in the head - shower area for easy cleaning. The shower and head areas have molded-in non-skid floor surfaces for safety. Padeyes for crew safety harnesses are provided standard, as are two removable jacklines so the crew can work the length of the deck without unclipping. Lifelines and rails are 30" high, not the usual 24". Mast rails are provided for crew support whi

Equipment List

Saga 43 Specifications - Standard Equipment General Construction - 100% hand-laid fiberglass construction in temperature and humidity controlled work environment. - Lamination is resin content controlled and hand-squeegeed for high glass - resin ratios resulting in high strength - weight ratios. - One piece hull lamination with integral molded hull - deck flange. - Premium ISO NPG gelcoat for maximum durability and osmotic blister resistance. - Vinylester resin back up to gelcoat - 2 layers for added osmosis resistance. - Premium grade polyester laminating resins in remainder of lamination. - Bidirectional E-glass non-woven fabrics throughout, locally reinforced as appropriate. - Baltek balsa coring in hull and deck for the highest obtainable strength - weight ratio available without resorting to exotic materials. - Core material is voided in areas of through-hulls or deck hardware attachment. Heavy duty solid glass centerline line laminate additional keel and rig load support. - All hardware secured with aluminum or high-density composite backing plates. - Saga white hull with double waterline stripes. - Structural bulkheads and major furniture components bonded to hull and deck where appropriate for a rigid monocoque hull structure. - Hull and deck joined with polyurethane adhesive - sealant and through-bolted every 4" with custom aluminum slotted toe rail incorporating an extruded PVC rub rail providing excellent hull side protection (PVC rub rail can be easily owner renewed). - Massive fiberglass subfloor framing structure, utilizing bidirectional E-glass reinforcements for hull stiffness and added strength spreading keel and mast loads over wide area. - Mast is keel stepped on subfloor structure. - External cast lead - antimony keel attached with double row of 10 x 1" keel bolts to heavily reinforced solid laminate keel sump. - Shoal draft bulb keel optional. - Deep bilge and keel sump to contain bilge water and increase righting moment of ballast. - Electrical wiring and plumbing filled with HD grommets for chafe protection where appropriate. - Low friction rudder bearings. - Stainless steel rudder shaft, 4" diameter, welded substructure. - Balanced rudder design for extra light sensitive helm pressure, tight turning radius for easy docking and maneuvering under power or sail. Reverses under power in either direction. Deck Features - Saga white deck, easy cleaning, diamond pattern molded-in non-skid areas in appropriate areas contrasting light-beige color in non-skid areas. - Seating areas on coaming and cockpit seats are a leather grained non-skid pattern for added comfort and less wear and tear on skin and clothing, logical seating areas are Saga white for sitting comfort in tropical heat. - Deck carapace - storm hood organizes conceals and protects halyards, reef lines and other control lines led aft to cockpit and in increases crew safety by reducing possibility of tripping. - "Tropics-Friendly" low maintenance construction - no exterior teak or wood trim. - Four fiberglass, dorade boxes with S-S cowls, integral with deck molding and incorporating two storage lockers port and starboard of mast for rope tails and winch handles. - Foot braces molded in cockpit floor for helmsman and crew. - Eight deluxe stainless steel trained opening ports, four large fixed portlights. - One aluminum opening port in cockpit footwell to aft stateroom. - Easy one-step ingress - egress over bridgedeck to main companionway and ladder. - Companionway sliding hatch with self-draining storm hood, Plexi hatchboards, bridgedeck, captive hatchboard safety pin for use in heavy weather. - Recessed engine control pane, provision for recessed autopilot control head. - Recessed provision for on-deck navigation instruments in cockpit bulkhead. - Extra-long 7'6" cockpit seats suitable for "al fresco" sleeping. - USCG approved propane tank storage locker vented overboard. Space for 2-20# gas bottles. - Special


Owners personal items and artwork are excluded.


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Contact Information

Please contact central listing agent Michael Locatell CPYB for more information on this yacht, at 206-459-0880 cell & text or mlocatell@aol.com 

Nominal Length
Length Overall
Length on Deck
Max Draft
Length at Waterline
Dry Weight
Single Berths
Double Berths
Engine Make Yanmar 4JH-2E
Engine Model 6CTA
Engine Year 1998
Total Power 51hp
Engine Hours 1004
Engine Type Single Inboard
Fuel Type Diesel
HIN QYG430150398
Hull Shape Monohull
1998 Saga 43

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