Additional information specific to VIVA:

  • Bosun’s chair aboard for work aloft (electric halyard winch)
  • Self steering system, Cape Horn, installed off-center to allow use of the walk-through cockpit with access to the swimstep
  • Additional secondary winches added in cockpit
  • Bottomsiders cockpit cushions
  • Vesper AIS system
  • Includes Avon AB RIB and 9.9hp 4 stroke outboard, purchased 2009
  • Valise liferaft in factory locker starboard aft
  • Espar forced air heater
  • Watermaker, Aquamarine, 24 GPH, runs off generator drive
  • PSS dripless shaft seal
  • Dodger canvas and windows replaced in 2017
  • Original spinnaker, rarely used, includes sock, in new condition
  • Mast mounted adjustable whisker pole, aluminum with carbon extension
  • Standing rigging and lifelines replaced in 2011
  • Mainsail replaced 2010 in South Africa, Headsails replaced 2008, North Sails
  • Kubota Generator
  • Simpson Lawrence windlass, oversized Bugle primary anchor (similar to Rocna), backup Folding Fortress fluke style anchor
  • Lewmar genoa adjustable lead cars


Owners personal items and artwork are excluded.


Year: 1998
Length 43ft.
Location Seattle, WA, United States
Hull Material Fiberglass/GRP
Engine type Single Yanmar
Fuel: Diesel

Price USD $169,000

Builder: Saga
Designer: Robert Perry
Dimensions: Beam: 12 ft 0 in
Length on Deck: 43 ft 3 in
Length on Deck: 43 ft 3 in
Displacement: 19842 lbs Dry Weight
Engine: Yanmar
Engine Model: 4JH-2E
Hours: 3,200
Engine HP: 50 HP
Fuel: 2 Aluminum (35 Gallons)
Water: 2 Aluminum (70 Gallons)
Holding Tank: 2 Aluminum (20 Gallons)
Hull Shape: Monohull
Keel Type: Bulb (deep draft)
Accommodations: Number of single berths: 2
Number of double berths: 2
Number of cabins: 2
Number of heads: 2 (1 operational, 2nd decommissioned for storage)
The details of this vessel are offered in good faith but the accuracy of this information cannot be guaranteed. 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.

Manufacturer Provided Description



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 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 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 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 you can add an asymmetrical spinnaker which 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. 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.