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Arctic Raven is a performance cruising sloop, designed by Robert H. Perry. This SAGA 48 (hull #2) was launched in 2004 by SAGA Marine in St Catherines, Ontario, Canada and was awarded Cruising World’s “Best Full-sized Cruiser” that year. It continues to thrive and impress today.
Designed to be sailed shorthanded, both above-deck and below-deck spaces provide for luxurious, comfortable, and easily navigated movement. Power winches for sail management, dual helms, and the space to move in the cockpit make sailing a dream. The headroom and light below are unique, making it a pleasure to be below. The raised interior navigation position makes the rainy northwest days of cruising, warm and dry. The forward cabin sports a king-sized berth, lots of storage and its own head. The galley is perfectly efficient with both a refrigerator and freezer and four-burner Force-10 range.
This is an opportunity to take advantage of a desire by the live-aboard owner to upgrade the primary components and prolong the life of the boat for years to come. Highlights of the refit are:
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Access to the interior is relatively easy over a 6” high threshold. The companionway is closed with two hinged/removable smoke acrylic doors and a fiberglass sliding hatch. A set of washboards and canvas cover with screen allow other closure options suitable to the conditions. Washboards store in a dedicated cockpit locker box. From the cockpit, a companionway ladder with three curved cherry steps leads to the raised salon. Handrails on the overhead and sides help this transition. Thanks to the large side and forward windows and tall cabin, the raised salon is bright and inviting.
The interior is crafted from steamed American Cherry and finished in satin varnish. Quality materials, thoughtful design details, and skilled workmanship are immediately apparent. Trimwork is mitered and bent to eliminate sharp corners. Cabin and locker doors are solid wood and paneled. Latches are positive push button style with interior metals having a bronze/brass finish. Hull sides are covered with white ash staving. Countertops are dark blue quartz with gray flecks. The cabin sole is teak and holly plywood and fully removable to access bilge spaces. Overhead spotlights are controlled by wall switches and reading lights are well placed. Blue courtesy lights illuminate the cabin sole at night. All overhead hatches are fitted with Oceanaire skyscreens. The salon overhead has white panels secured with cherry battens, screwed in place for easy access.
Starting forward is the master stateroom. Entrance is through a locking privacy door in the main bulkhead. Headroom measures 6’ 6”. The centerline berth measures 6’ 5” long by 7’ 2” aft and 4’ 1” forward. A HMC custom split 6” thick sprung mattress has a 3” thick foam topper. Bin storage and four drawers are below the berth. Eight cabinets are outboard below the deck edge. Aft, to starboard is a 22” wide by 47” tall cedar-lined hanging locker, three drawers, open counter, and mirror faced-cabinet with shelves. A narrow cabinet with selves is secured to the aft bulkhead on centerline. Six overhead spotlights, a cabin fan, air conditioning unit, heater outlet, three 110 V outlets, stereo speakers, overhead hatch, opening port, and two reading lights complete this comfortable stateroom.
An ensuite owner’s head/shower is entered through a door to port/aft in the stateroom. Both head compartments are built from molded fiberglass with white gelcoat finish; easy to clean, bright, and water resistant. Cherry trim and quartz counters provide a nice level of functional elegance. Headroom measures 6’ 5”. A Vacuflush head is forward and a 14” x 9” x 6” deep oval, stainless steel sink is outboard and mounted below a quartz countertop. Medicine cabinets with sliding mirrored doors are above the countertop. A wood trimmed 13” x 16” mirror is on the aft bulkhead. The sink faucet is a Borma single lever with chrome finish. An opening port, two 110V outlets, and two spotlights finish this space.
Aft of the head through a sliding white opaque door is a shared stall shower. A Borma mixer valve, spray nozzle, hose, nozzle bar, outboard seat, towel bar, two acrylic shelves, overhead hatch, cowl vent, overboard drain pump, and spot light make this shower suitable for use in port or underway.
The guest head is entered through a locking privacy door in the lower salon/workshop area. A Vacuflush head is outboard. Storage cabinets are further outboard below the deck edge. A vanity with sink, quartz counter, and storage below are along the aft bulkhead. An 18” x 16” wood framed mirror on the aft bulkhead is angled for tall shavers. The overhead is opaque/translucent acrylic, allowing light from the forward-facing salon windows to illuminate this space during the day. An opening port, 110V outlet, overhead bar light above the mirror, and grab rail complete this space.
Forward of the raised salon, along the starboard side, is a workshop/storage area. A 68” long x 24” wide countertop/bench is fitted with a 2” high fiddle. Outboard/forward are open bins. Aft is the electrical switch/breaker panel. Below the counter, all the way aft is a washer/dryer. Twelve drawers with dividers hold an array of tools, spare parts, and consumables. Headroom measures 6’ 6”. A hanging rod runs full length above the workbench. Two overhead spotlights, a task light, cowl vent, overhead hatch, and 110V outlets finish this area.
From the lower/forward level, one steps up nine inches to the raised salon. Headroom in this area measures an impressive 6’ 9”. A U-shaped, 7’ 3” long by 4’ wide dinette is to port. Cushions sculpted for comfort and covered with off white Ultraleather. The dining table has two leaves and measures 51” long by 28” wide with both leaves deployed. Fiddles on pins can be used with or without the leaves. The table is an adjustable single pedestal. Above and outboard of the dinette are three double door cabinets. Additional bin storage is outboard of the seat backs and below the seats. Two cabin fans, two swing arm shade lamps, 110V duplex outlet, two cowl vents, ten overhead spot lights, and an opening hatch complete this dining area.
The inside pilot station is forward and to starboard in the salon and raised up 12” above the cabin sole. A 40” wide bench seat with 12” high back and flip up footrest allows forward visibility through the slanted forward pilothouse windows. A 38” wide by 19” chart table has a hinge top 3” deep chart drawer. A low-profile console with navigation/communication electronics is forward. An engine control is outboard. An array of drawers, bins, and lockers is below the seat and chart table. A cabin fan, 110v and 12V outlets are fitted to this pilot/navigation area.
The large galley is immediately to starboard of the companionway with ample light and space to keep the ship’s cook well connected with socializing in the cockpit or dinette. Two inch high fiddles surround the quartz counter. Starting forward, there are double stainless-steel sinks measuring 13” x 13” x 8” deep. A hinge-out trash bin is below the sink and a white plastic cutting board covers one sink. A Bormo single lever gooseneck chrome faucet serves both sinks. The gimballed stove/oven is outboard where a stainless-steel safety bar is fitted for safety. A top opening freezer and front/top opening fridge are aft. Above counter cabinets, drawers, and below counter cabinets will store galleyware and food. Toe kicks around the galley cabinets are a good example of the design detail found on Arctic Raven. Under cabinet lights, overhead spotlights, cabin fan, opening ports, overhead hatch, and 110V outlets are fitted in this galley.
The aft stateroom is to port of the companionway and entered through a paneled privacy door. Headroom measures 6’ 7”. The berth is aft and measures 6’ 8” long by 53” wide. A 5” thick divided mattress is covered with blue upholstery. A removable forward section and screwed in panel provide access to the engine’s port side. Storage bins and batteries are below the berth. Hull sides are covered with white ash staving. A 20” wide by 50” tall cedar-lined hanging locker is forward. A bank of three four drawers and storage shelf are aft of the hanging locker. A cabin fan, two reading lights, two spot lights, 110V duplex outlet, two opening ports, and an overhead hatch finish this stateroom.
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At inside pilot station:
Arctic Raven has a reliable and efficient Westerbeke diesel engine. Engine access is below the companionway stairs, through doors in the cockpit locker and a removable panel in the port aft stateroom. Soundown lead/foam insulations reduce engine noise. Dome lights, dripless shaft seal and other features are appreciated by those doing maintenance. Engine exhaust hoses were replaced in 2019.
Arctic Raven’s hull is finished in white gel-coat with narrow blue cove stripe and blue and black boot stripes. The bottom paint is black. The bow is nearly plumb and fine for optimizing waterline length and cutting through rough seas. A bowsprit fabricated from 2 3/8” stainless steel pipe extends the genoa forward. Anchor rollers allow for deployment of two anchors, well forward and clear of the hull. Beam is carried well aft to the reverse transom. There is a slight knuckle at the swim platform level 18” above the waterline. A removable washboard and flip-up coaming section allow “walk-through” into the cockpit, making transition from dinghy to cabin easy between the twin wheels. A hot/cold freshwater shower, swim ladder with grab rail, and foot lights enhance this great cruising stern. A recessed locker in the port transom is long enough to hold a life raft. It currently holds the outboard engine’s gas tank and other gear.
Decks and cabin top are white gelcoat with contrasting light beige molded-in non-skid. The 26” high cabin has large, fixed side and forward windows providing light and visibility in the raised salon. Forward of the mast, the coachroof is 13” high. Stainless steel grab rails are fitted on each side of the cabin top. Numerous overhead hatches and opening ports provide lots of natural light and ventilation—all of which are fitted with screen and shade hardware. Side decks are wide, secure and easy to navigate from cockpit to bow with good handholds. The bow pulpit with double 1” diameter railing extends well aft for security. Thirty one inch high wire double lifelines run from bow to boarding gates on each side. Side boarding gates, fitted with snap hooks, are located on each side even with the forward end of the cockpit. Railings run aft from this boarding gate to the stern pushpit and their solid grasp is greatly appreciated by crew entering and exiting the cockpit. A 2” high aluminum toe rail with oval holes is bolted on 4” centers above the inward turning flange hull to deck joint. This toe rail section protrudes outboard sufficiently to act as a hull side rub rail.
The cockpit nicely balances the rigors of offshore passage making (security and function) with the comfort and space desired when anchored. Tooling and design details will be appreciated by racing and cruising sailors alike. A light gray canvas dodger is forward and matching bimini is aft over the helms. A connector panel and full enclosure allow a multitude of shelter options to suit the season or region. Fourteen inch high stepped side coamings extend aft from the cabin around the quarters and are fitted with line storage bins outboard. Cockpit seats measure 6’ 1” long by 20” wide with 15” high well-angled backs. Dual helms are aft, each with a 34” x 16” seat and slightly raised/sloped platforms. The walk-through transom is 25” wide and closed with a washboard and flip-over coaming when offshore. A dual leaf, centerline cockpit table is securely mounted on stainless steel pipe. White plastic leaves hinge up and measure 44” x 31” table, ideal for four diners.
Deck accessible storage is frequently overlooked on boats designed to display and sell at boat shows. The Saga 48 is meant to cruise and has all the storage space you’ll need. A large climb-into bow locker runs between the stem and watertight bulkhead. Access is through a 20” x 20” Lewmar deck hatch. A shelf located 24” below the deck divides this space with storage bins in the aft corners and two tall anchor bins (good chain hang to prevent castling) below the floor. A 17” x 31” gasketed and guttered hatch (held open by gas strut) below the starboard cockpit seat opens into the massive stern locker. Space for machinery, systems, and storage occupies the entire volume below the cockpit and outboard of the cockpit to starboard. Access to steering, engine, pumps, and other equipment is excellent while leaving space to store cruising toys and gear. A bar for hanging lines, dome lights, 110V outlets, and fiberglass grating serve this huge space. A propane locker with two large bottles is below the starboard helm seat and divided storage bins are below the port helm seat.
Arctic Raven’s stern arch is fabricated from 2-3/8 stainless-steel pipe and well designed to meet the needs of long-distance cruising sailors. Radar and other antennas are mounted atop this arch while still leaving ample space for mounting future solar panels or wind generator. A hinged spreader bow with block and lifting tackle led to an electric winch can hoist and stow the tender. White plastic seats are fitted on each quarter.
The SAGA 48 would fall easily into the performance cruiser category with its powerful rig and efficient hull form. Electric winches, mainsail sailbag/cradle, dual headsails on furlers, and all lines led aft to the cockpit will allow a mature cruising couple to safely handle this boat in varied conditions. The mast is keel stepped and spreaders are swept aft for rig stability. A self-tacking solent jib is fitted to the stemhead furler and a large genoa is bent on the bow-sprit mounted furler. The keel-stepped, triple spreader mast is tapered at the top to reduce weight aloft. Continuous rod rigging also reduces weight and windage.
Arctic Raven is fitted with oversized Harken hardware and winches. The mast was pulled and repainted in 2019 at CSR Marine in Seattle. A Tides Marine Strongtrack was added for the mainsail luff and new sheeves fitted for halyards. The Doyle cradle cover mainsail bag, lazy jacks, and single line reefing allow mainsail management from the cockpit. Standing rigging was replaced at this time, and jib furlers serviced. Most running rigging is low-stretch high strength line with recent replacement.
|Material i Propeller||Brons|
|Max djupgående med last||1.88m|
|Längd vid vattenlinje||14.33m|
|Tank för Färskvatten||681.37 l (Aluminium)|
|Bränsletank||567.81 l (Aluminium)|
|Förvaringstank övrigt||151.42 l (Plast)|