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2001 Saga 43

  • 43 ft
  • Cruiser
  • South Freeport, ME, US

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Enjoyed along the coast of Maine since 2006, this Saga 43 is primed for her next adventure! She's hull #33 of 55 this sought after cruiser AND she has the preferred Centerline Queen Berth layout for her forward cabin accommodations. 


Basic Information

South Freeport, ME, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
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Robert Perry
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Dimensions & Weight

43 ft - 13.11 meter
43 ft 3 in - 13.18 meter
12 ft - 3.66 meter
Draft - max:
6 ft 3 in - 1.91 meter
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Dry Weight:
19842 lbs


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Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
75 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
133 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Holding Tank:


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Saga 43 - Ardea:
This Saga 43 has enjoyed a high caliber of stewardship and is primed for new ownership. 
Simrad Chart plotter at helm
Simrad Radar. mounted aft on the arch
AIS - send and receive 
Full suite of B&G marine electronics: boat speed, wind and depth instruments in cockpit forward 
VHF at nav station with remote microphone at helm
Stereo with speakers in saloon
Espar cabin heater
12v cabin fans 
Deluxe electrical distribution panel with AC & DC magnetic breakers, AC & DC voltage meters and ammeters, battery test system, hinged panel access
Battery charger 
12v interior lighting fixtures located throughout cabins, many updated to LED
Navigation lights to COLREG specs;  Masthead anchor light;  Emergency strobe, masthead tri-color running light;  Halogen foredeck floodlight;  Cockpit light
Chainplates and rig grounded to keel for lightning protection
Autoprop feathering 3-blade prop with rope cutting disc on shaft
Non-corrosive muffler and exhaust system
Racor secondary fuel filter and water separator
Engine room work light, heavy-duty sound insulation
Hot and cold pressure water system
Shower with automatic sump pump in self-contained sump
Hot and cold fresh water shower in cockpit at stern
11 gallon hot water heater, UL approved, engine heat exchanger and shore power - new in 2020 
Manual fresh water pump at galley sink
Approx. 155 gallon water capacity in 2 tanks
Toilet has 20 gal. holding tank, "Y" valve, seacock, electric macerator pump
Innovative “Variable Geometry Rig“ for short-handed off-shore sailing with self tacking jib track 
Aluminum mast
Double spreader rig, continuous shrouds, all turnbuckles at deck level
Harken roller furling systems for genoa and working jib
Harken Mainsheet traveler
Harken self tacking jib track
Power winch on cabin top - for halyard and main sheet 
Harken self tailing primary winches
Solid Boom vang
Full-batten Quantum mainsail
Quantum 135% genoa
Quantum 110% self-tacking jib
Deck is white with molded in light gray non-skid surfaces
Aluminum slotted toerail with PVC rubrail for full strength hullside protection - spare rub rail available with purchase should new owner wish to update 
Deep keel sump to lower center of gravity and contain bilge water
Stainless-steel, 4" diameter rudder shaft, welded substructure
Large stainless steel anchor roller/bow sprit
Deck carapace/storm hood organizes, conceals, and protects halyards
Low maintenance deck layout with no exterior teak or woodwork 
Four integral fiberglass dorade boxes with 4" SS cowls and guards
Storage lockers port and starboard of mast for lines and winch handles
Heavy-duty cast SS framed opening ports
Opening port in cockpit foot-well for aft berth, bug screens for all ports
Lewmar hatches with bug screens
Recessed engine control panel; molded recesses for cockpit instrumentation
Self-draining life-raft locker
USCG-approved propane tank storage locker (separately ventilated)
Special safety locker for dinghy gasoline tank (holds most make 6 gal. tanks, separately ventilated)
Walk-out swim/boarding platform at cockpit floor level with hinged door 
Stainless steel arch aft with custom stainless steel dinghy davit system integrated into arch
MOM man over board system
Solar panels 
Navy colored Sunbrella Dodger with grab rails aft and port and starboard 
Navy colored Sunbrella bimini with connector
Electric vertical windlass
Plow anchor with 70 ft chain and 250 ft rode 
Sail Area: 
IJPE : 949.42 sq ft
I : 51.42 ft
J : 18.25 ft
P : 58.17 ft
E : 16.50 ft
As you descend through Ardea's companionway, you're greeted with a hand crafted, satin-varnished cherry interior. Directly to starboard is her large wrap-around galley with Corian countertops, chest refrigerator and freezer,  gimbaled 3-burner Force 10 LPG stove with oven, microwave, deep, double basin stainless steel sink, dedicated waste basket locker, 2 opening ports and overhead ventilation hatch and ample utensil drawers and storage outboard. 
Aft and to port is this vessel's secondary cabin. This guest stateroom is composed of a substantial 6'7" x 6'2" berth that may be used fore & aft or athwartship, cedar-lined hanging locker, bureau and drawers, plush 4" foam berth cushion, beautiful hull battens, 2 opening ports, 1 vent hatch and the vessel's power selection switches. 
Continuing forward along the port side is the head compartment. This cabin is built with a seamless molded head/shower unit.  This separate shower stall with acrylic door provides a practical division for an often wet cabin, all whilst feeling incredibly spacious for the size of this vessel. The vanity sink, mirror, storage cabinets, toothbrush and cup holder, toilet paper holder, soap dish and head are aft relative to the shower stall.  There's ample natural light and ventilation in this head.  
Just forward of the galley is the dedicated, outboard facing navigation station: composed of a chart table with storage tray, chart light, electronics cabinet and shelf, excellently organized electrical distribution panel and single, articulating seat. 
Ardea's below deck accommodations open up to a spacious main salon. There's a settee berth to either hull side, plush 5" cushions in blue canvas upholstery, each with lee cloths, a drop-leaf table with storage in the center section and convenient drawers below, lockers and bookshelves for additional outboard storage and overhead grab rails all within easy reach. The vessel's domestic tankage are located below these salon settees. 
The foremost/ owner's cabin is privately nestled beyond an arched doorway. Ardea is equipped with the preferred Center Line Queen  layout: 6'8" x 6'9" Island-style berth on center-line with 6 drawers, chart storage, and large drop-in storage areas beneath.  Overhead lockers, port and starboard, cedar-lined hanging lockers, 2 overhead ventilation hatches with shades and screens, 2 opening ports, vanity sink and impressively large closet.
High Field inflatable dinghy 
Water maker - has been partially removed
Fitted Fairclough canvas winter cover
Fenders and dock lines
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 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.



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