1998 Saga 43

Nanaimo, BC


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Boat Type





43 ft


Nanaimo, BC

Hull Material




When only the best of world cruisers will do…..Charles David Yachts is  please to present S/V “Sophrosyne” – This thoroughbred is ready to head South now!

> Professionally Re-Rigged (2018)
> Mast & Boom Removed – Painted (2018)
> Yanmar 54 Hp. & Transmission (2013)
> Hard to get! “OC” Tender Package (2018)….are just a few of the “must have” updates completed under her current owners. 

A near-perfect live-aboard cruiser for a world cruising couple – and that’s just what Bob Perry & the Saga Concept team had in mind when they introduced the Saga 43 in 1997. Over 55 Saga 43’s are now worldwide! Taking the lead from the shorthanded offshore racing fleets like the Whitbread and BOC around the world races, Saga opted to maximize waterline length to gain the desired interior space, and to judiciously pare weight, and retain a relatively narrow beam. It is a proven offshore concept with a strong scientific basis.

The result is the Saga 43, a more suitable and more comfortable offshore cruiser with a high range of positive stability and better overall seakeeping qualities than boats with extreme 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 for the crew. The big bonus is that the Saga 43’s longer waterline length translates to higher speeds under both power and sail than ordinary boats with the same LOA.

Neither a cutter nor a sloop in the usual sense, the 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-hulled. The inner furler handles the self-tacking jib for windward work. A custom Harken traveler on the foredeck 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 clew reaching genoa on the outer furler to increase horsepower downwind. The jib is then furled out of the way.

This boat is a rare mix of speed and comfort in a great looking package. Revolutionary fast design by Robert Perry…this is a connoisseur’s boat…a sailor’s boat. Big sail plan + easily driven hull = a great light air boat. It’s a truly thrilling boat to sail! If you sail for pleasure there isn’t another boat in its class that will delight the senses more than a Saga 43.

Saga 43’s can be found worldwide. Bay sailing, coastal cruising or crossing oceans, it’s your choice and “Sophrosyne” is your magic carpet!

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43.25 ft


12 ft

Bridge Clearance

63.5 ft


Number of Engines


Total Engine Hours


Total Engine Power

54 hp

Engine 1

Make: Yanmar

Model: 4JH5E

Year: 2013

Location: Center

Power: 54|horsepower

Fuel: diesel

Hours: 2000

Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze, Folding

Type: Inboard


Fresh Water Tanks

1 (120|gallon)

Fuel Tanks

1 (90|gallon)

Holding Tanks

1 (32|gallon)

Boat Description

Sailing Characteristics

The pedigree of the Saga 43 is known world wide. Her rig is BOC-influenced and optimized for shorthanded crews. Nothing on the market is easier to handle – Neither a cutter nor a sloop in the usual sense, the rig has tandem Harken Mark II 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 foredeck 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 reaching Genoa on the outer furler to increase horsepower downwind. The jib is then furled out of the way. The resulting forward shift in the centre of pressure maintains a light balanced helm pressure and superior control in conditions that wider beam boats with conventional rigs will get quite heavy on the helm and tend to want to round-up or spin-out. Owners love these boats for blue water cruising due to their impressive sail area to displacement ratio of 20.01. Control is very desirable; in light air and at deeper downwind angles, an 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, sheeting and reefing are taken care of from inside the safety of the cockpit with the push of a button on the Harken 40.2 ST 2-Speed electric winch. Mainsail handling is further simplified by a Harken ‘Batt-Car’ System.


  • 54 Horsepower Yanmar 4JH5E (2013)
  • Transmission (2013) 
  • Direct Drive
  • Freshwater Cooled
  • Racor Diesel Fuel Filters
  • Yanmar Engine Panel (New, October 2022)
  • 3-Blade Feathering Max-Prop
  • 3-Blade Fixed Prop (Spare)


The expansive and open living quarters invite owners and guests aboard with 6’5″ headroom and hand crafted cherry-wood joinery. Upon entry, you’re met with a large and open galley to starboard featuring all the comforts of home. There is ample stowage throughout and stainless steel grab rails for added safety. Custom carpeting lines the sole (with teak and holly beneath) in the entry way up to the navigation station.

To port, a large day or guest head with separate shower boasting a semicircular acrylic shower door on tracks. The head is made of one-piece molded fibreglass and has large windows for ventilation. Aft of the day head, one finds access to the guest stateroom which is well ventilated with two opening ports and an overhead hatch. There is a cedar lined hanging locker and drawers with coriander tops.

Moving forward into the main salon area, a wonderfully designed navigation station with electrical panel and instrumentation sits to starboard. Two large settee’s with stowage behind seat backs line both sides of the hull and feature new ultrasuede upholstery and terrycloth cruising covers. One notices the openness when relaxing down below as the keel stepped mast does not impede line of sight when visiting. A drop leaf centreline cherry table which has centre storage and can comfortably seats six. There are three cabinets above the port settee and two cabinets and a book shelf above the starboard settee. There are also grab rails throughout the cabin for added safety at sea.

Forward again in the master stateroom, a generous port side berth with storage cabinets along the port side hull, book shelf along forward bulkhead, and to starboard two hanging lockers and drawer storage. Access to the owners head is through the forward bulkhead. Featuring a large molded fibreglass space with lots of ventilation and storage.

  • Planar Forced Air Diesel Heating (New, 2021)
  • Salon Cushions Reupholstered in Light Blue Ultrasuede (2015) 
  • Additional Blue Terrycloth Cruising Covers for Upholstery (2015) 
  • LED Lighting Throughout Vessel
  • Hella Turbo Fans: 1-Forward Cabin, 2-Salon, 1-Galley
  • Many Opening Hatches for Excellent Ventilation Below

Electronics & Navigation

  • Iridium GO! Data Hotspot for Offshore Text, Data, and Weather Reports
  • Raymarine 18″ Digital Radome on Gimballed Mast (2015) 
  • Raymarine SXP 30 Course Computer and Linear Drive Autopilot
  • Raymarine ST70 Autopilot Display (2014) 
  • Garmin Handheld GPSMap 76 (2015) 
  • Raymarine ST60+ Wind Speed and Direction Indicator
  • Raymarine ST50+ Speed Indicator
  • Raymarine ST60+ Depth Indicator
  • ICOM IC-802 SSB Radio with Insulated Backstay Antenna and KISS GRoundplane and Pactor II Modem (2018)
  • ICOM M-602 VHF Radio with DSC and Remote Cockpit Microphone
  • (2x) Westmarine Waterproof Submersible Handheld VHF Radios
  • Spare Parts: Raymarine Fluxgate Compass, Speed Transducer, and Sonar Transducer

Electrical Supply Systems

  • (3x) Kyocera KC-65 Solar Panels: 135 W – Charges House Bank (2015)
  • (2x) Bluesy 2512 MPPT Solar Controllers with Remote Programmable Panel (2015)
  • Air Breeze Wind Generator (2014) 
  • Xantrex 1800W Inverter
  • (2x) High Output Balmar Alternators
  • 400 Amp/hr Lithium Ion House Battery with BMS System
  • Entrant Start Battery (2018)
  • Blue Seas House Battery Isolator Switch
  • Blue Seas Start Battery Isolator Switch
  • AC and DC Voltage Meters
  • Battery Test System
  • Reverse Polarity Indicator
  • 120V and 12V Panel with Easy Wiring Access
  • 220V/ 110V Step-up/ Step-down Transformer
  • 120V GFCI Protected Outlets Throughout Vessel
  • 30 Amp Shore Power Connection with Various Adapters
  • 50′ 30 Amp Shore Power Cord
  • Wiring grommets protect wires from chafe in areas where they pass through lockers or bulkheads
  • 12V DC Receptacles Located at Navigation Station and Cabin Berths

Galley & Domestic Systems


  • Seaward Princess 3-Burner Propane Stove with Oven (2013)
  • Isotherm 12V Fridge with Separate Freezer (2010)
  • Whale Manual Fresh Water Foot Pump
  • Magma Infrared Outdoor Grill (2015)
  • Stainless Steel Double Sinks with Pull-out Sprayer
  • Corian Countertops
  • Stainless Steel Safety Grab Bar

Domestic Systems: 

  • Planar Forced Air Diesel Heating (2021) 
  • Echotec 40L/h Watermaker
  • Carbon Block Water Filter
  • Hot Water Tank and Heater
  • Hot and Cold Pressure Water 
  • Water Tank Isolator Valve
  • Macerator Pump and Fresh Water Pump (2020)
  • Spare Pumps Onboard
  • Scandvik Cockpit Shower with Hot and Cold Water (2015) 
  • Propane Solenoid Switch

Sails, Rigging, and Winches


  • Rigging Professionally Re-rigged (2018)
  • Standing Rigging (2018) 
  • Dyneema Main Halyard (2022)
  • Spinnaker Halyard (2018) 
  • (2x) Harken Mark II Roller Furlers (2015)
  • Self Tacking Harken Traveler with Blocks – Sheet Led Aft to Cockpit
  • Hydraulic Backstay Adjuster Professionally Rebuilt (2018) 
  • Harken Backstay Adjuster on a Split Backstay
  • Harken Battcar Track and Slides – Provides Low-friction Ease with Raising and Lowering the Main’s Lazy Jacks and Stack Pack (New, 2015)
  • Harken 4:1 Mainsheet Traveler System to Mid-boom Sheeting
  • Forespar Rigid Boom Vang
  • Lines Leading Aft: Main Halyard, Three Reefing Lines, Main Traveler Control Lines, Main and Self-tacking Jib Lines, and Boom Vang.


  • All Sails Serviced by North Sails (2022) 
  • Doyle Dacron Main with Three Reefing Points
  • Doyle Dacron 130% Genoa
  • Quantum Laminate 100% Jib
  • Marshall Blade Sail
  • Halsey Lidgard Storm Jib


  • (2x) Harken 53.2 ST 2-Speed Primary Winches
  • (1x) Harken 40.2 ST 2-Speed Electric Halyard Winch (Cabin Top)
  • (1x) Harken 40.2 ST 2-Speed Winch (Cabin Top)
  • (2x) Harken 32.2 ST 2-Speed Winches (Mast)
  • (3x) Spinlock Line Clutches on Mast
  • (9x) Spinlock Line Clutches on Cabin Top
  • (1x) Spinlock Line Clutch (Aft Starboard Deck – Boom Preventer)
  • (3x) Harken Winch Handles

Ground Tackle

  • 20 kg Rocna Anchor with 328 ft of Galvanized Chain
  • 20 kg Delta Secondary Anchor with Rode
  • Fortress Storm Anchor with 450 ft of Storm Rode
  • Fortress Stern Anchor
  • Lofrans Windlass
  • Dual Hawse Pipes Leading to a Divided Chain Locker with Access from Forward Head
  • Double Stainless Steel Bow Rollers
  • Anchor Wash-down Pump
  • (7x) Mooring Cleats: 2-Bow, 2-Amidships, 2-Stern, 1-Transom
  • Dock Lines and Fenders

Deck & Cockpit


  • Slotted Aluminum Toe Rail
  • 30″ Stainless Steel Double Bow Rail
  • 30″ High Stern Rail (Gate to Gate)
  • 30″ High Stainless Steel Lifelines
  • (4x) Stainless Steel Dorades with Stainless Steel Guard Bars
  •  Pad Eyes for Jack Lines
  • Self-draining Storage Compartments at Mast Base for Winch Handles and Halyards


  • 7’6″ Long Cockpit with Deep Seats Providing Exceptional Comfort and Safety
  • Strataglass Dodger with Side and Aft Grab Rails (2015) 
  • Bimini with Connector to Dodger (2015) 
  • Sunbrella Cockpit Cushions (2015) 
  • Custom Cockpit Table with Storage Locker, Stainless Steel Grab Bars, and Foot Brace, and Winch Handle Holders
  • (4x) Cockpit Pad Eyes for Jack Lines
  • Self-draining Line Organizer and Storage Boxes (Molded into Cockpit Coamings)
  • Walk Through Transom with Transom Gate
  • Swim Platform with Boarding Ladder

Safety Equipment

  • ACR Automatic 406 MHz EPIRB (Aft Cabin)
  • McMurdo G5 406 MHz EPIRB (Ditch Bag)
  • Paratech Sea Anchor
  • Paratech 78″ Drogue with Deployment Line
  • Fully Equipped Ditch Bag
  • Jack Lines (2015) 
  • Galley Fire Blanket (2016) 
  • Electric Bilge Pump with Float Switch
  • Whale Gusher Manual Bilge Pump (Cockpit)
  • Whale Gusher Manual Bilge Pump (Main Salon)
  • Stainless Steel Emergency Tiller
  • Bosuns Chair

Tender Package

  • OC Tender Hard Bottom Tender  (2018) 
  • 8 hp Yamaha 2-Stroke Outboard (2018) 

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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