43' Saga 2000



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43' Saga 2000 LUCKY DOG


"LUCKY DOG" is a lightly used and well maintained example of this extraordinary performance cruising design. The Saga 43 is in a class of her own and skillfully developed by Robert Perry as an easily handled performance cruiser. Few boats combine exhilarating speed and ease of handling found in the Saga 43 yet she still affords her crew exceptional comfort.

These boatscan be excel as a daysailor or a bluewater cruiser/racer. She has all the amenities anyone could want, yet is extremely fun to sail. While sailing upwind under full batten main and self-tacking jib, tacking is a simple turn of the wheel.

There is no better indication of true value than a boat that continues to hold its price, year after year! The Saga 43 has seen very little depreciation in the marketplace since it’s introduction. This speaks to the quality that is built in, as well as to the success of the design.

The hull form of the Saga 43 incorporates lessons learned from improvements in hull shape pioneered by the short-handed offshore racing fleets. The key to the Saga rig is versatility and convenience. The cruising couple or small crew benefit from the tall rig with non-overlapping headsails. The long and narrow hull of the Saga 43 yields a boat that balances easily under a wide range of wind forces. The resulty of Robert Perry's design is a very fast and easy-to-sail cruising boat even on todays standards.






Cruise Speed:


Max Speed:


Range NMI:



12' "

Engine Details:

Yanmar Yanmar 4JH-3E

Engine 1:

2000 1466.00 HRS 56.00 HP

Engine 2:

2000 1466.00 HRS 56.00 HP

Engine Fuel:

Inboard Diesel

Fuel Capacity:

75 GAL

Water Capacity:

140 GAL


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.

In light air and at deeper downwind angles, an asymmetrical spinnaker (NOT INCLUDED) 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 while working at the mast. The mast comes equipped with a storm trysail track and a spare main halyard is standard. A captive retention pin is provided to positively lock hatchboards in place. An additional high volume manual bilge pump mounted below the main saloon sole is included, in addition to the pump mounted in the cockpit.

The main saloon berths are equipped with lee cloths for off-watch sleeping. The galley stove has a stainless steel guard bar to prevent the cook from failing into a hot stove and the galley belt is provided for cooking underway. All cabinets and drawers are positive locking in a seaway.

"LUCKY DOG" is a lightly used and well maintained example of this extraordinary performance cruising design. The Saga 43 is in a class of her own and skillfully developed by Robert Perry as an easily handled performance cruiser. Few boats combine exhilarating speed and ease of handling found in the Saga 43 yet she still affords her crew exceptional comfort.

These boats can excel as a daysailor or a bluewater cruiser / racer. She has all the amenities yet is fast and extremely fun to sail. While sailing upwind under full batten main and self-tacking jib, tacking is a simple helms down.

The Saga 43 has provejn to hold its value well in the marketplace since it’s introduction thanks to quality construction and a successful design. The hull form of the Saga 43 incorporates improvements in hull shape pioneered by the short-handed offshore racing boats while adding versatility and convenience. The cruising couple or short crew benefit from the tall rig with non-overlapping headsails. The long and narrow hull of the Saga 43 yields a boat that balances easily under a wide range of wind forces. The resulty of Robert Perry's design is a very fast and easy-to-sail cruising boat even on todays standards.


The layout offers 2-cabins and 1 head, the forward cabin has a vanity with sink. When entering the companionway, one immediately appreciates the high quality and the spaciousness of the interior layout. The satin finished Cherry woodwork and fine joinery is common throughout, as is the teak & holly sole and Sage Green Ultrasuede upholstery.

The U-shaped galley is to starboard and features Corian counter tops and large stainless steel sink. Opposite is the single head, which is accessible from the salon and aft cabin. There is a separate large shower stall made from molded fiberglass with a functional cylindrical enclosure door. Aft to port is the guest cabin, which has a king size berth that can be used athwartships or fore and aft, a cedar lined hanging locker, ample drawer storage and good ventilation,from two opening ports and an overhead hatch.

The salon is inviting and practical with a centerline drop leaf dining table with storage in the center section as well as two drawers at the end. Mirror image settees with lee cloths, storage outboard and tankage/storage under. Cherry cabinet lockers and handrails above.

The centerline suite is forward and features a queen size island berth with six drawers, chart storage, overhead lockers, cedar-lined hanging lockers and vanity w/sink. Two overhead hatches and two opening ports provide excellent ventilation.

There is a dedicated Navigation station at the aft end of the starboard settee that includes an aft facing chart table, electrical distribution panel and Cherry cabinetry providing storage and a mounting platform for the electronics.

The galley is optimally positioned to starboard and aft of the companionways and safely occupied in a seaway. 

  • Corian counter tops
  • Force 10 3 burner stove with oven and broiler
  • Microwave oven
  • Deep double SS sink
  • Gas sensor
  • Trash bin
  • Generous storage cabinets and drawers
  • Dual access divided freezer/reefer with 12volt spillover system
  • Two opening ports
  • Overhead hatch

  • Below waterline  through-hulls are 1/4 turn, ball valves of non-corrosive Marelon™ w/ flanged base
  • Above waterline through-hulls are Chrome / Bronze
  • All through-hulls labeled & equipped with double hose clamps
  • Hot and cold pressure water system
  • Shower with automatic sump pumps in self-contained sump
  • Hot and cold fresh water shower in cockpit coaming
  • 11-gallon hot water heater with winterizing bypass system
  • Manual fresh water pump at galley sink, tip-toe foot pump
  • 140 gal water capacity in two aluminum tanks,
  • Crossover manifold Toilet has 20 gal. holding tank (new 2015) w/ "Y" valve
  • Electric macerator pump for overboard discharge without dockside facilities
  • Manual emergency bilge pump mounted in cockpit
  • Second manual emergency bilge pump below cabin sole

  • Diesel AC generator, Nex-Gen upgraded 3.5kw (305 12/22/16hrs)
  • Eelectrical distribution panel with AC & DC magnetic breakers
  • AC & DC voltage meters and ammeters
  • Battery test system
  • Electronic level monitoring system for all water & holdings tanks
  • Double pole AC main circuit breaker at power inlet
  • Six Deep cycle wet-cell TROJAN™ golf cart batteries in 630AH house bank
  • One 95AH, dedicated 12v engine start battery
  • BLUESEAS™ main switch and start battery combiner panel with LED indicators
  • 120v 30-amp AC shore power system
  • Polarity test switch and indicator
  • GFCI AC outlets
  • 50 ft. shore power cord
  • FREEDOM™ 2000 Watt 120 volt AC inverter/100amp charger
  • 3-stage Regulator and LINK 2000-R™ battery monitor
  • 12-volt LED interior lighting fixtures located throughout cabins
  • Entrance lighting with remote switches at companionway and owner's stateroom
  • 2000 GPH Electric bilge pump with automatic float switch
  • Navigation lights to COLREG specs
  • Masthead anchor light
  • Emergency strobe
  • masthead tri-color running light
  • Halogen foredeck floodlight
  • Cockpit light
  • PVC conduits and messenger lines for easy after market wiring
  • Chainplates and rig grounded to keel for lightning protection

  • Furuno GP-31 GPS
  • Raymarine ST-60 speed, wind and depth instruments at helm
  • Raymarine RL70RC Radar/Chartplotter at helm
  • Raymarine ST-6000 Autopilot
  • Raymarine RL70 at Nav station
  • Raymarine ST-60 multi function repeater at Nav station
  • Intrepid VHF radio w/cockpit remote RAM mic.
  • Sony Stereo system w/CD changer (10 CD’s) & remote control

  • Yanmar 4JH 55 HP diesel engine (1466 Hrs. 12/22/16)
  • Self-bleeding fuel system with engine mounted electric fuel pump
  • 160 amp High Output large case alternator with dual belts
  • Remote oil filter and electric oil change system
  • Bronze raw water strainer
  • TIDES MARINE™ dripless shaft seal
  • Prop shaft SS 1 1/4" with bronze strut
  • Max–Prop feathering three blade w/ rope cutting spurs on shaft
  • Non-corrosive muffler and exhaust system
  • 75 gal fuel in two aluminum tanks (1 new 2015) with manifold
  • RACOR™ secondary fuel filter and water separator
  • Engine room work light
  • Heavy-duty sound insulation

  • Deck carapace/storm hood organizes, conceals, and protects halyards
  • Low maintenance deck layout, i.e. no exterior teak
  • Four integral fiberglass dorade boxes with 4” SS cowls and guards
  • Storage lockers port and starboard of mast for lines and winch handles
  • Eight heavy-duty CAST stainless steel framed opening ports,
  • four fixed portlights Double-wide opening port in cockpit foot well,
  • bug screens for all ports
  • Seven LEWMAR "Ocean Series™" hatches with bug screen
  • Captive safety pin secures acrylic hatch boards in heavy weather
  • Recessed engine control panel;
  • molded recesses for cockpit instrumentation
  • Self-draining, Life-raft locker;
  • USCG approved propane tank storage locker
  • Special safety locker for dinghy gasoline tank (holds most make 6 gal. tanks)
  • Walk-out swim/boarding platform at cockpit floor level with hinged door 
  • HARKEN winches, blocks, and deck hardware throughout
  • HARKEN 2 two-speed, self-tailing primary cockpit winches
  • HARKEN 1 manual (1) and electric-powered (1) two-speed cabin top winches
  • Two Quadruple rope clutches
  • Two winch handles, one "speed-grip"
  • “Spaghetti boxes” for halyards and reef line tails in the cockpit coamings
  • Self-tacking Jib gear, custom traveler, blocks and single sheet led aft Cabin top mounted
  • Mid-boom mainsheet traveler system led to cockpit fairleads,
  • Blocks and inboard tracks for reaching genoa
  • WHITLOCK™ drag link pedestal wheel steering system with friction brake
  • Leather covered Mini-Maxi dual spoke wheel & pedestal
  • Engine controls
  • RITCHIE ™ steering compass, pedestal mounted
  • Emergency tiller
  • SS Bow pulpit & stern rail
  • Edson 3 ½” Radar mast
  • 30" high lifeline stanchions w/ port and starboard lifeline gates
  • Transom door to access to swim step
  • SS swim ladder
  • Heavy Duty stainless steel bowsprit
  • Dual anchor rollers
  • Double deck pipe to divided chain locker below
  • Stainless steel welded handrails on cabin top
  • Stainless steel mast rails incorporating dorade guards
  • 10" mooring cleats (4)
  • 10" spring-line cleats (2)
  • High-strength, safety harness padeyes in cockpit (4)
  • Webbed jacklines for crew safety harnesses, port and starboard on padeyes
  • Sprint 1000 electric anchor windlass
  • Anchor washdown pump system with hose and nozzle

  • Main; Quantum Carbon fiber cruising full batten (new 2013)
  • Genoa; Quantum 100% 
  • Jib; Quantum Self tacking 
  • Storm Trisail
  • Dodger, Saphire Blue (New 2017)
  • Bimini w/connector, Saphire Blue  (New 2017)
  • Cockpit side enclosures, Saphire Blue 
  • Mainsail cover, Sapphire Blue (New 2017)
  • Sail Area:
  • IJPE : 949.42 sq ft 
  • I : 51.42 ft 
  • J : 18.25 ft 
  • P : 58.17 ft 
  • E : 16.50 ft

The rig was removed and inspected in 2015. Chain plates inspected and torqued 2015.

  • Innovative VARIABLE GEOMETRY RIG™ for shorthanded offshore sailing
  • SELDEN™ aluminum mast and boom,
  • custom quality Double spreader rig,
  • continuous shrouds,
  • all turnbuckles at deck level Stainless steel 1x19 standing rigging
  • Harken Battcar tracks and slides for easy mainsail hoisting and reefing
  • Tandem Schaeffer roller furling drums for Genoa and Jib
  • Halyards in low stretch T-900 (Spectra™/ Technora™ w/Dacron™ cover).
  • Main halyard and reefing lines led aft to cabin top winches (one electric)
  • Single line reefing for two reefs, led aft through rope clutches to cockpit
  • Forespar mechanical rod vang with 16:1 block and tackle
  • One mast-mounted self-tailing winch with rope clutches for reacher and jib halyards,
  • storage boxes at mast partners for halyards and jib halyards
  • Spinnaker halyard

  • Zodiac 10 Rib 2013
  • Honda 9.9 4S outboard 2013
  • Outboard mount on stern pulpit wit lifting tackle
  • Molded in cockpit foot braces
  • USCG safety gear
  • Fenders & docklines
  • Miscellaneous spare parts – pumps, lights, etc
  • Galley- dishes, cooking utensils, cutlery
  • Bruce anchor w/80’ chain & 150 ‘ rode
  • Fortress anchor w/80’ chain & 150’ rode
  • Hatch & porthole screen

White hull with double waterline stripes. Deck contrasting two-tone beige with molded in nonskid surfaces Premium grade vinylester resin and vacuum cored throughout the laminate Premium grade resins, including vinylester laminates and ISO-NPG gelcoat for added strength, osmosis protection and gloss retention

BALTEK™ aircraft grade balsa coring in hull and deck Core is voided or replaced with high density backing plates in areas of through-hulls or deck hardware attachment Structural bulkheads and furniture components fully bonded to hull and deck

Thru-bolted Hull/deck joint (4” centers) with polyurethane adhesive sealant Aluminum slotted toerail with PVC rubrail for full length hullside protection Sub-floor framing structure, utilizing bi-directional E-Glass reinforcements External, cast lead-antimony keel attached with double row of 1" keel bolts Deep keel sump to lower Center of gravity & contain bilge water TIDES MARINE™ Low friction, self-aligning rudder bearings Stainless steel, 4" diameter rudder shaft, welded substructure Balanced rudder design for fingertip control

  • Single Side Band radio counterpoise molded in hull (copper strap & screen)
  • The Shoal Keel was modified with the addition of a shoe and 2000lbs additional ballast

Loose items seen aboard and not specifically stated here should be considered excluded. Owners personal belongings, loose galley items, tools.

This listing is presented to you courtesy of a member of the International Yacht Brokers Association and may be centrally listed with another broker. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey direct representation of a particular vessel.

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.

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