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Rare Opportunity to acquire a cruise-ready Saga 43. Wild Horses has been owned by a very knowledgeable cruising couple who purchased her in Michigan and then voyaged to the East Coast for an extended cruise. Now in Channel Islands Harbor, Wild Horses is ready for her next adventure.
Wild Horses features Newer Electronics, AIS, Wind Generator, Solar Panels, Tender, Davits, and much more.
The island centerline berth is a spacious 6’8” x 36”x 66” with 6 drawers below and storage beneath the berth itself. There are 3 raised panel lockers above the bunk and along the hull on either side. The hull sides are lined with ash staving and there is a convenient step-up on either side of the berth to aid entry Aft on starboard is a cedar-lined hanging locker with a fiddled shelf above. For lighting and ventilation, there are two overhead hatches, a Hella fan, five overhead lights, and 3 brass LED reading lights. Headroom 6’3”. There is a vanity sink and mirror in the master stateroom
In the forepeak is a large chain locker, which is separated from the cabin by a cherry access door. This locker,features two hawse pipes lead below the locker to get the weight of the chain down low.
Main Salon - In the spacious main salon with a 6’3” headroom there is a drop leaf cherry table that will easily seat six on the centerline with storage beneath the top and two drawers at the aft end of the table. There is a straight settee on the port which can be used as a 6’5” long single berth. To starboard there is a 6’10” long settee. Both settees are equipped with lee cloths and have tanks and some storage beneath them and storage behind them. There are multiple lockers with shelves and fiddled shelves in the main salon. Lighting and ventilation are provided by two overhead hatches, four fixed lights, two dorade vents, a Hella fan, four overhead lights, and four brass LED reading lights.
Nav station: The nav is aft-facing on starboard with a spacious chart table and lockers beneath the table and a fiddled shelf outboard. There is an additional; surface that can be used for a laptop surface.
Head: The head is located on the port and is across from the galley and features a separate stall shower.
Aft stateroom: On the port side aft of the head is the guest cabin that features a 6'7" x 6'2" berth. The cabin is well ventilated, with two opening ports, an overhead hatch, and a Hella fan.
The hull of the Saga 43 has a nearly plumb bow and rakish stern with a convenient walk-out swim platform. Construction of the hull is of hand-laid fiberglass, using premium-grade polyester resin, with two layers of vinyl ester 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 an additional heavy duty 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. 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. The cockpit seats have nice high coamings for great back support and are 7'6" long, making them wonderful for cockpit sleeping. Foot braces are molded into the cockpit sole for the helm and crew.
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 footers. 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 heatwaves. Storage wells at the mast base hideaway 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 keep 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 handcrafted, hand-rubbed, and satin varnished in cherry wood. There is minimally 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 is provided standard, as are two removable jack lines 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 hatch boards 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 falling into a hot stove and the galley belt is provided for cooking underway. All cabinets and drawers are positive locking in a seaway.
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.
Owner's personal items excluded. Exclusions include, however are not limited to, Seller's personal possessions, loose items, binoculars, handheld radio(s), charts, tools, fishing equipment, spare parts, clothing and foul weather gear, galley equipment, linens/bedding and any items not specifically listed on equipment list specifications sheet.