This Boat is Off Market

  • Off Market
  • $109,900
  • Sail / Sloop
  • Saga / 43
  • 1998 / Used
  • 43' / 12'
  • 2013 Yanmar 4JH5E
  • 1380 hrs
  • Diesel

Sloop 1998 Saga 43 listed by United Yacht Sales (Off Market)

  • Last advertised price $109,900
  • Powered by single Yanmar 4JH5E / 1380 hrs
  • Off Market since Apr 24th 2020

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The Saga 43 is one of the best world cruisers built. "Sophrosyne" , has been fully equipped and has just finish an extensive cruise from New Zealand, through the South Pacific, onto Hawaii and then to Canada. She has just been hauled out and fully serviced and is now ready to keep moving! Where will you take her?

Vessel Info


  – Yanmar 4JH5E (Sophrosyne’s engine and transmission was professionally replaced with a new Yanmar engine in 2013)
  – Engine Cooling: Freshwater
  – Engine Model: 4JH5E
  – Engine Type: Inboard
  – Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel (Racor fuel filters)
  – Engine Hours: 1,380 hours
  – Propeller: 3 blade Flex-o-fold folding prop (3 blade fixed prop spare)
  – Drive Type: Direct Drive
  – Engine Power: 55 HP


  – Fresh Water Tanks: 2 new stainless steel fabricated in NZ 2018 (545 Litres/120 Gallons)
  – Fuel Tanks: 2 Aluminum c/w fiberglass encasement (400 Litres/90 Gallons)
  – 6 – 20 litre jerry cans on deck c/w sunbrella covering
  – 4 – 20 litre jerry cans (new in 2019)
  – Holding Tanks: 1 Plastic (145 Litres/32 Gallons) – not currently connected


  – Number of single berths: 2
  – Number of double berths: 2
  – Number of cabins: 2
  – Number of heads: 2


  – Seaward Princess 3 burner stove with oven (New 2010)
  – Magma Infrared outdoor grill (New 2015)
  – Isotherm 12V fridge/freezer (New 2010)
  – Stainless double sink, corian countertops throughout
  – Single lever hot and cold pressure water faucet with pull-out sprayer wand
  – Whale manual fresh water foot pump
  – Propane solenoid switch in galley
  – Stainless steel safety bar

Main Head:

  – Molded fiberglass space for easy wipe down
  – Molded fiberglass sole for safe footing
  – Cabinets are laminate with cherry trim
  – Molded scallop shell sink with soap dish
  – Whale two handle hot and cold faucet
  – Separate shower stall with radiused acrylic shower door
  – Molded fiberglass shower seat
  – Adjustable shower wand on bar with dedicated hot and cold mixer
  – Electric shower sump pump with float switch
  – Marine Toilet with 32 gallon holding tank (holding tank not in service)
  – Jabsco electric macerator pump for direct overboard discharge when appropriate
  – Y-Valve for overboard/holding tank discharge
  – Cherry framed mirror

Forward Head:

The forward head on Sophrosyne has been de-commissioned to allow for additional offshore storage. All equipment described below remains and can be reconnected for coastal use.

  – Molded fiberglass space for easy wipe down
  – Molded fiberglass sole for safe footing
  – Cabinets are laminate with cherry trim
  – Molded scallop shell sink with soap dish
  – Moen two handle hot and cold Faucet
  – Adjustable shower wand on bar with dedicated hot and cold mixer
  – Electric shower sump pump with float switch
  – Macerator pump and holding tank (disconnected)

Water Systems:

  – 545 litres of water capacity in two stainless steel tanks
  – Water tank selector manifold to isolate individual tanks
  – H/C pressure water
  – Carbon Block water filter
  – Echotec 40 litre/hour watermaker c/w numerous filters, manufacturer cleaning compounds and pickling solution
  – Hot water tank and heater
  – Scandvik cockpit shower, hot and cold water (New 2015)
  – Anchor wash down pump
  – Electric bilge pump with automatic sensors
  – Whale Gusher manual bilge pump in cockpit
  – Whale Gusher manual bilge pump in main saloon below cabin sole for operation from below with all hatches and ports closed

Hull and Deck:

Construction of the hull is of hand-laid fiberglass, using premium grade polyester resin, with two layers of Vinylester resin for added osmotic protection. There is aircraft grade Baltek balsa coring in the hull and deck; the core is voided or replaced with high density backing plates in areas of thru-hulls or deck hardware attachment. Along the keel is additional heavy duty keel solid laminate layup for additional keel and mast support strength. The aluminum slotted toe rail has a PVC rub rail, for full length hullside protection. The keel is externally hung lead with a double row of 10 1" keel bolts. Additional keel shoe as designed by Bob Perry has been added for additional stability.

All bulkheads and furniture components are fully bonded to the hull and deck. The hull to deck joint is thru-bolted on 4" centers and bonded with polyurethane adhesive sealant. There is a massive sub floor framing structure utilizing bi-directional E-Glass reinforcements for hull stiffness and added strength. The exterior is tropics friendly, with no exterior teak to maintain. NO exterior bright work to maintain! Fiberglass and stainless only.

  – Double stainless steel bow rollers extend well forward of the bow
  – 20 kg Rocna primary anchor with 100 metres of 10mm high tensile chain
  – 20 kg Delta secondary anchor with rode
  – Fortress storm anchor with 450 ft storm rode
  – Fortress stern anchor
  – Lofrans windlass
  – Dual hawse pipes and divided chain locker with easy access from forward head
  – Anchor wash down pump c/w coil hose and spray nozzle for wash down system
  – Seven mooring cleats - 2 bow, 2 amidships, 2 stern and 1 on the transom
  – Slotted aluminum toe rail
  – 30” stainless steel double bow rail
  – 30” high non-coated lifelines
  – Port and starboard lifeline gates
  – 30” high stern rail goes gate to gate for added safety
  – 4” diameter stainless steel rudder stock
  – Low friction rudder stock bearings and a balanced rudder design provide a very light, responsive feel to the helm
  – All thru-hulls are labeled
  – Heavy gauge copper wire bonding system
  – Soft floor Hypalon dinghy c/w rigid floor insert
  – 2 x 9kg propane tanks in vented cockpit locker
  – Swim platform with swim ladder
  – Walk thru transom for ease of boarding and safety
  – Dodger with side and aft grab rails and strataglass clears (New 2015)
  – Bimini with connector to dodger (New 2015)
  – 7’6” long, deep sculpted cockpit seats provide great back support and good sleeping under the stars. Sunbrella cockpit cushions and throw pillows. New in 2015.
  – Self-draining line organizer/storage boxes molded into the cockpit coamings
  – Four cockpit pad eyes for jack lines
  – Deck pad eyes for jack lines
  – Jack lines (New 2015)
  – Four stainless steel dorades with stainless steel guards (Granny bars)
  – Centerline custom cockpit table and storage locker c/w large stainless steel grab bar and foot brace

Sails and Rigging:

Offshore Spars double spreader aluminum keel stepped mast Saga Variable Geometry rig

  – Completely re-rigged in 2018 at C-Spar Rigging in NZ. Mast and boom were professionally re-coated in 2018 and all standing rigging and fittings were replaced.
  – Harken Mark II roller furlers on the jib (New 2015) and headsail
  – Self-tacking Harken traveler and blocks, with sheet led aft to the cockpit
  – Forespar rigid boom vang
  – Navtec backstay adjuster on a split backstay (factory re-built 2018)
  – Harken Battcar track and slides provide low-friction raising and lowering of the main
  – Sunbrella stack-pack and lazy jacks (New 2015)
  – Harken 4:1 mainsheet traveler system to mid-boom sheeting
  – Main halyard, four sets of reefing points, main traveler control lines, main and self-tending jib sheets and boom vang lines are led aft to the safety of the cockpit beneath a carapace, keeping them from underfoot to reduce trip hazards while on deck and protecting them from the elements
  – Doyle dacron main with 4 sets of reefing points. Fourth reef at 35% of hoist to provide a Cat 1 eligible storm trysail (good condition)
  – Dolye dacron 130% genoa new 2006 (good condition)
  – Quantum laminate 100% jib (good condition)
  – UK storm jib (2018)
  – 2 Harken 53.2 self-tailing two-speed primary winches
  – 1 Harken 40.2 self-tailing two-speed electric halyard winch on house top
  – 1 Harken 40.2 self-tailing two-speed winch on house top
  – 2 Harken 32.2 self-tailing two-speed winches on mast
  – 3 Spinlock line clutches on mast
  – 9 Spinlock line clutches on house top
  – Three Harken winch handles- two regular, one speed-grip
  – Storage wells at mast base for winch handle storage/halyard tails
  – Winch handle holders at cockpit table


  – 6 person SOLAS life raft deck mounted in hard valise (New 2018)
  – MOM8 man overboard module (New 2017)
  – Paratech sea anchor
  – Paratech drogue
  – Fully equipped ditchbag
  – ACR automatic 406 Mhz EPRIB mounted in aft cabin near companionway
  – McMurdo G5 406 Mhz EPRIB stored on ditchbag
  – Complete range of flares suitable for offshore
  – Two Spinlock offshore auto-inflating lifevests c/w tether and replacement inflators (New 2015)
  – New Mustang inflatable life vests
  – Jacklines (New 2015)


  – 30A shore power connection
  – 50’ 30A shore power cords (various adaptors)
  – 220volts/110volt step-up/step-down transformer
  – Double pole main circuit breakers at AC shore power connections
  – 120V and 12v electrical distribution panel with hinged panel access
  – AC and DC voltage meters and ammeters
  – Wiring grommets protect wires from chafe where they pass through lockers or bulkheads
  – GFCI protected 120V receptacles throughout
  – Battery test system
  – Reverse polarity indicator
  – Three Kyocera KC-65 (135 Watts) solar panels for house bank (New 2015)
  – Two Bluesky 2512 MPPT solar controllers c/w remote programmable panel (New 2015)
  – Air Breeze wind generator (New 2014)
  – 400 Amp/hr Lithium Ion house battery c/w BMS (New 2015)
  – Panasonic engine start battery
  – Blue Seas house battery switch
  – Blue Seas starting battery switch
  – Xantrex 1800 watt inverter (New 2012)

  – High output Hitachi alternators

  – 12dcv receptacles at nav station as well as both cabins
  – Three Hella Turbo fans, one in forward cabin, two in saloon, one in galley
  – LED lighting throughout

Electronics and Navigation:

  – ICOM IC-802 SSB c/w ICOM AT 140 anatenna tuner and Insulated backstay antenna (New 2018)
  – Spare KISS groundplane
  – ICOM M-602 VHF radio with DSC, and remote cockpit microphone
  – Two Westmarine waterproof submersible handheld VHF radios
  – Iridium GO data hotspot for offshore text, data, and weather
  – Raymarine a65/67 Chartplotter (New 2015)
  – New Raymarine 18” Digital radome on gimballed mast (New 2015)
  – Raymarine SXP 30 Course computer and linear drive autopilot (New 2017) also included is a complete spare linear drive autopilot
  – Raymarine ST70 Autopilot Display (New 2014)
  – Raymarine ST60+ wind speed and direction
  – Raymarine ST50+ speed
  – Raymarine ST60+ depth
  – Raymarine spare Fluxgate compass, speed transducer and sonar transducer
  – Garmin handheld GPSMap 76 (New 2015)


Paper charts suitable for circumnavigation Nautical books and cruising guides for the South Pacific Snorkel masks, fins, and flippers (New in 2018 – 4 sets) Extensive range of electric and hand tools suitable for offshore passage Extensive electrical spares, bulbs, switches, pumps (New condition) Extensive marine cleaners, sealants, adhesives, paint, solvents, etc. Ships linens including towels, sheets, mattress liners, etc. Fishing rods, reels, gaff, and gear Dock lines and fenders Boathooks Bosuns’ chair Stainless steel emergency tiller Equipment manuals – Printed and PDF files Seth Thomas clock and barometer Para Tech 72” drogue with deployment line

About Sophrosyne

Here’s a near-perfect live-aboard cruiser. And that’s just what Bob Perry and the Saga Concept Team had in mind when they introduced the Saga 43. Taking the lead from the shorthanded offshore racing fleets like the Whitbread and BOC around the world races, SAGA has opted instead 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. Coupled with its 20,000 lb. displacement the SAGA 43 will require no more effort to sail than the average 38 footer. But 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. In fact the 43 performs more like a 50 footer with a dynamic waterline length of over 41 feet when underway. This boat is rare, as you get both speed and comfort in a great looking package. A revolutionary fast design by Robert Perry makes the Saga 43 a true sailor’s boat. If sailing is your pleasure in life there isn’t another boat in its class that will delight the senses more than a Saga 43.

The SAGA 43 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 center of pressure maintains a light balanced helm pressure and superior control on a SAGA 43, 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.

The Saga 43 is no slouch on the water- in fact she has an impressive sail area/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 chores are taken care of from the inside the safety of the cockpit with a push of a button on the Harken 40.2, two speed self-tailing electric winch. Mainsail handling is further simplified by a HARKEN ‘Batt-Car’ system.

Of course with her rig and hull proportions the SAGA 43 is not a ‘me too’ looking boat, and at a second glance, several unique on-deck innovations really set her apart. 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 provides excellent ventilation even in tropical heat waves. Storage boxes at the mast partners hide away halyard tails and winch handles. Further aft another set of boxes swallow-up the mainsheet, reefing lines, and halyards that are led aft, a thoughtful touch to clear the inevitable clutter in the cockpit. A self-draining storage locker for a 6 man valise life-raft and even a proper CG approved vented locker to store the gasoline for the dinghy's motor are important but usually overlooked features. The cockpit features 7'6" sculpted seats suitable for sleeping under the stars. Notable is the walkout transom and swim scoop, no strenuous climbing up or over a coaming, simply walk out at dinghy boarding level. A transom door closes off the opening, keeping pets and kids safely on board when underway. Molded in foot braces make the crew comfortable even when heeled. The ‘stealth’ bridge deck has been cleverly designed so that while it will keep water out of the cabin it does not hinder easy entry below to the cabin. Only a couple steps down the inviting ladder and your eye is carried forward a full 14 feet across the expansive main saloon. One is immediately impressed with the live-aboard influenced galley to starboard. A large freezer and reefer are equipped with 12v. compressors. A Seaward three burner stove, and lots of drawers and cabinets are all there too. There is ample room for two gourmets to chop, dice, and sauté all at once! Forward of the galley is a working navigation area and inviting main saloon with drop leaf table. All joinery is hand crafted, hand-rubbed, and satin varnished in cherry-wood. The relatively narrow beam of the hull is never evident when aboard because of the highly efficient layout and a full 6'5" of headroom. And when sitting across from your guests in the settees, the keel-stepped mast does not intrude congenial conversation or your view. The owner's stateroom is forward with its own ensuite head and shower. In the forepeak forward of the head is a huge chain locker, which is separated from the head by a Starboard type door for easy cleaning. This locker, however, is all storage- and lots of it- as the two hawse pipes lead below the locker to get the weight of the chain down low, where you want it. The bed is queen size, Pullman style, the preferred layout for offshore cruising. Lots of drawers, cabinets and lockers are built-in. Beneath the berth there are six drawers, while outboard and above are storage cabinets the length of the berth. Ash staving covers the hullside between. There is a large fiddled cherry bookshelf at the foot of the berth. New mattress was installed, and custom berth cover with shams was made in 2010. The entire starboard side of the master stateroom is storage. Forward is a large locker with shelves inside and a fiddled bookshelf on the cabinet top space above. At the aft end is a cedar lined locker, this one for hanging storage, with fiddled shelf space above. Between the two is a vanity type space, with a mirrored locker door and shelves above the fiddled countertop and two drawers and a drop-front locker below.

The main saloon features a fixed drop-leaf centerline cherry table, with opposing settees. The table can comfortably seat six, and has a center storage space. Each settee is equipped with a lee cloth, and has water tanks and storage beneath, as well as storage behind the seat cushions. There are three cabinets above the settee on the port side and two cabinets and a book shelf above on the starboard side. The salon cushions were reupholstered with light blue Ultrasuede in 2015 and include a new set of Terrycloth cruising covers keeping the upholstery in new condition.Overhead one also finds plenty of grab bars to hold on to at sea.

The guest stateroom is aft alongside the ‘public’ head which boasts a separate shower stall with dramatic semicircular acrylic shower door on tracks. Both head modules are one-piece molded fiberglass, thoughtfully designed with minimum trim or dirt catching corners, forming a seamless sanitary unit that is a cinch to clean. Especially practical is the fact that there is no exposed woodwork in the head/shower area, not even a teak floor grate to mildew. The shower and head areas have molded-in non-skid floor surfaces for safety.

The berth in the guest stateroom is well ventilated, with two opening ports, and an overhead hatch. There is a cedar lined hanging locker, a stack of drawers with a Corian top above them. The current owners have converted this hanging locker into a storage area for yacht spares for extra storage while cruising. Removal of a few screws to revert back to a hanging locker. The specification and features list should make it clear that “Sophrosyne” is ready for the demands of bluewater sailing. While all boat builders boast equally of the engineering and construction features that make their boat especially seaworthy, few are really ready right "out-of-the box" for around-the-clock sailing and living aboard. Many boat buyers spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars modifying so-called ‘offshore’ sailboats with these kinds of features before setting off on a serious cruise. 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". ‘Granny’ bars are provided for crew support while working at the mast. The main saloon berths are equipped with lee-cloths for off-watch sleeping safety. The galley stove has a stainless steel guard bar to prevent the cook from falling into a hot stove. All cabinets and drawers are positive locking in a seaway. An additional Whale high volume manual bilge pump mounted below the main saloon sole is included besides the usual one mounted in the cockpit. Sophrosyne includes a custom SS frame including dinghy davits to facilitate an easy raising and lowering of the dinghy. The davits also serve as a mounting framework for the radar; the solar panels, antennas and wind generator.

Sophrosyne is set up for offshore living.

Mechanical Disclaimer

Engine hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker is told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meters. The broker cannot guarantee the true hours. It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or his agent to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise and major overhauls as well as all other representations noted on the listing brochure.


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.