1998 Saga 43 Fajardo, Pr, FL
Posted on September 26, 2017 / 599
Price : $220,000
Listing Type : CruisersSail
Builder | Manufacturer : Saga
Condition : Used
Year : 1998
Length : 43ft
Model : 43
Engine Make : Yanmar 4JH-2E
Engine Model : Yanmar 4JH-2E
Engine/s Year : 1998
Total Power : 54hp
Bridge Clearance : 63.5
LOA : 43'
Length on Deck : 43.3
Beam : 12
Max Draft : 6.4
Fuel Capacity : 148
Hull Type/Shape : Monohull
1998 Saga 43
1998 Saga 43

New Listing and ready to go!

Canadian built, Bob Perry designed, blue water, no nonsense cruiser with accommodations to suit everyone.  Brigadoon III is currently on the hard in Puerto Rico for the summer but easy to see and easy to survey.  And she’s in the heart of the Caribbean cruising area ready to head thru the Virgin Islands and on down the Leeward Islands. 

Brigadoon had many upgrades since 2011 and has been used only during the Caribbean high season since. 

Put her on your short list and make plans to see her.  You won’t be disappointed.

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 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


The interior layout is a unique 2 cabin/2 head design with the large guest cabin to port of the companionway with a queen berth.  The galley is to starboard and the large head/shower to port mid-ships.  The main salon has two facing settees with the drop leaf centerline dinette.  The nav station is located on the stbd settee.  Forward is the master cabin with a large Pullman berth and en-suite head/shower.

All around there are closets, drawers, and cubbies for storage.  Ventilation  is thru four deck dorados, Hella fans, and opening hatches. All interior lights were upgraded to LED and new brass lamps replaced in 2015.

A MarineAire A/C system controls the interior environment.


The L-shaped galley wraps around the salon to stbd of the companionway which allow for easy access tot the cockpit and dinette for serving.  It is equipped with a Force 10 propane stove/oven, a large 12V fridge/freezer, double stainless sinks, microwave, and a charcoal water filtering system.


The engine is located under the companionway with easy access for maintenance.  It is a reliable Yanmar 54 hp with a MaxProp 3-blade feathering prop.  It has about 2500 hours at this time.  It has about 75 gallons of diesel in two aluminum tanks connected by a fuel manifold distribution system. The current owners have added a RCI fuel polishing system, new motor mounts (2017), and a new AGM Start battery (2017).



Brigadoon III has several redundant 12 volt charging systems including shore power connections thru one 30A 50 ft power cord and a Xantrex 100A charger/2KW inverter, 4 flexible solar panels (322W total) mounted on the bimini with separate controllers mounted , a Eclectic Energy D400 wind generator on a Kato mast, and an upgraded Balmar 80 amp alternator on the engine.  And the system is monitored by a Xantrex Link 2000.

These systems connect to 6 – 6V golf cart batteries and a new AGM engine start battery (2017). 


A new suite of Raymarine electronics were installed in 2014 including autopilot and radar.  For communication, there are ICOM VHF and SSB radios,  And the list of other new systems for cruising safety is extensive:

  • Vespermarine AIS
  • Garmin chartplotter (as backup to the Raymarine)
  • Iridium Sat Phone with Smart Modem docking station
  • Exterior Sat Phone antenna
  • BadBoy Wifi booster
Sails and Rigging

This is an area where Brigadoon III really excels.  All standing rigging was replaced in 2017 and the furlers serviced.  The mast and boom were re-Awlgripped.  A new storm jib and tri-sail were purchased in 2012 and never used.  Added a removable Dyneema inner forestay for the storm jib with removable Dyneema running back stays for offshore sailing.

The rig is a double headsail Solent rig with hydraulic adjustable back stay.  The dual furling system has a 130% genoa headsail and a 95% staysail working jib on a self tacking traveler forward of the mast.  The convertible inner forestay can be rigged just aft of the working jib for the storm sail.

The main has three reef points with single lines run to the cockpit.  The mainsheet traveler is forward of the dodger with lines run to the cockpit.  And there is a custom Dyneema preventer for downwind sailing.  A new Doyle mainsail cover and anchor riding running back stays were added in 2017.

Winches include two mast mounted winches for the foresail halyards, one electric and one manual coach roof mounted winches for the main halyard and reefing lines.  Two self-tailing 2-speed winches for the foresail sheets.  All hardware is Harken!


The deck and cockpit have many features deemed almost a requirement for the serious cruiser including:

  • Aluminum slotted toerail with vinyl rubrail inserts
  • Virtually no exterior wood for minimal maintenance
  • 30′ stanchions – lifelines replaced in 2017
  • Dodger with handholds
  • Bimini (new in 2016)
  • Sun shade enclosure for the bimini
  • Canvas for wheels, winches, and hatches
  • Sun Awning
  • Kato mast with motor crane/Edson outboard motor mount

The current owner has added a Winslow 6-man liferaft (recertified in 2017), a fully stocked ditch bag, a man-overboard pack (recertified in 2017) and a Lifesling.

Ground tackle is a Spade 44# anchor on 200 ft of chain/rope rode controlled by a new Lofrans windlass.  A secondary CQR 45# anchor is stored in the cockpit locker. 

Included is 2011 Walker Bay Genesis 10′ hypalon dinghy and 2011 Yamaha 15 2-stroke outboard (with less than 200 hours!)

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.


Florida Yacht Group
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