Bold Spirit | Saga 43 1996

Annapolis, MD

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Bernie Jakits & Kate Christensen

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Yacht Name: Bold Spirit
Builder: Saga
Model: Extra Berth!
Year: 1996
Location: Annapolis, MD
Designer: Bob Perry
Hull Material: fiberglass

This is an amazing performance cruiser with Bob Perry's easily driven hull shape and unique solent rig. This Saga 43 is a sailors' sailboat and Bold Spirit is especially rigged properly and ready to sail! Bob Perry consulted during the build and the list of special features is long. Call us to learn more about this special Saga 43.

The Saga 43 was Bob Perry's first implementation of some of the most modern concepts in sailing vessel design with the plumb bow, long waterline, and extended swim transom. Indeed it is a fast sailing boat.

Our offering Bold Spirit is quite unique in that she is a one owner boat. Her owners were experienced performance sailors and wanted their perfect swift dream boat. These original owners even consulted Bob Perry and made some additions to make her sail even better. Bob said you could never go wrong with added draft and so hull no. 5 has a few more inches of draft specified at 6'9" instead of 6'3". Additionally there are other special features and upgrades which have resulted in a vessel that is designed to sail well and sail far.

Some of the customizations include a slightly different galley arrangement that allows the galley to be more secure at sea. It also allows the sink to be close to the centerline. But most importantly, it allowed the creation of a quarter berth on the starboard side. Also the companionway steps are wider and more secure. All of these little tweaks were designed into the built to support bluewater sailing and passagemaking.


  • Electric Windlass (upgraded in 2008)
  • Upgraded electrical system with Amptech 200 amp alternator; Ample Power Energy Monitor with
  • Smart Regulator and Isolator Eliminator; Four AGM batteries (new 2015) totaling 800 amp hours, (new AGM starter battery in 2015)
  • Inverter/charger
  • Seawater anchor washdown
  • Cabin fans (5)
  • Hydraulic backstay adjuster
  • Asymmetrical spinnaker gear
  • Full batten  mainsail, genoa and working jib; asymmetrical spinnaker with ATN dousing sock
  • Retractable lazy jack  system for mainsail
  • Upgraded dining table legs
  • Custom plenum at chart table for computer cables
  • Custom grab rail at companionway
  • Added access hatch to port of engine (near water pump)
  • Screens for companionway
  • Upsized and upgraded leecloths on settees
  • Weems and Plath Clock and Barometer
  • Brand new bottom paint, Interlux Micron Extra CSC

You are likely attracted to the Saga because of the performance characteristics, and if so, you will be very pleased with this vessel. Her owners came from a performance sailing background and they rigged their Saga to sail to the very best of her abilities. Bold Spirit is one of those special vessels that has been continually maintained to do exactly what she was designed to do. If you have some real sailing in mind, give Bold Spirit a closer look.

Bold Spirit is soon arriving in Annapolis and more pictures will by coming. Please enjoy the full specs and the interior photos now! And call us.

Builder: Saga
Designer: Bob Perry
Keel: Fin
LOA: 43 ft 3 in
Beam: 12 ft 0 in
LWL: 38 ft 11 in
Maximum Draft: 6 ft 9 in
Bridge Clearance: 63 ft 6 in
Headroom: 6 ft 6 in
Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Year Built: 1996
Engine Model: 4JH2E
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Fresh Water Tanks: (133 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (75 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: (35 Gallons)



From the drawing board of Bob Perry, the Saga has an interior that works for living aboard and cruising. This is a big two stateroom vessel with two heads. Bold Spirit also has a custom quarter berth to starboard seven feet long! The interior is light and bright with good ventilation, nice upholstery, and nicely finished Cherry wood joinery.

As you enter the companionway, there is a large guest stateroom to port with a queen-sized berth, drawers, and hanging locker. The spacious galley is to starboard with the quarter berth aft of it. This is a little different than the standard layout and it gives you lots of storage space or a sea berth for a tall person. Adjacent to the galley is a well thought out head with easy to clean molded surfaces and stall shower that makes a great wet locker on a passage. The main salon has the traditional centerline drop-leaf table with settees to port and starboard. The table is beautiful cherry. There is plenty of storage outboard behind the custom settees. The navigation station is at the aft end of the starboard settee which works really well although all of the nav instruments are in the cockpit and the VHF is right at the companionway.

Forward of the salon is a large owner's stateroom with plenty of room to move around. The pullman berth is 6'6" long with eight drawers plus storage under it. To starboard there are four large cabinets, and a hanging locker, and a vanity. The ensuite head is forward and it is really huge, designed to become storage on a voyage.

The boat actually sleeps seven including the salon berths and the quarterberth. Its amazing. The aft head shower stall makes a perfect wet locker on a big ocean passage. Forward head makes great storage on a passage and is a huge shower at anchor

The boat is delightfully light and bright with a workable galley and a spacious salon with nice big salon table for dining. The Cherry interior is bright and warm feeling with plenty of light from the fixed windows. The teak and holly sole is in good condition and there is nice upholstery. There is great ventilation with fans, dorades, and opening ports and hatches. The upholstery is pleasing and there is even recessed lighting.


Galley & Plumbing

Bold Spirit has a custom galley arrangement which adds a quarterberth aft to Starboard which seems to work out really well. This layout is really nice. The vessel has two heads and is designed so that the forward head can be used for storage on a passage. It's a great idea!

Galley Details:

  • U shaped galley
  • Good access to the cockpit
  • Refrigeration 6 cubic feet is 12v with separate freezer compartment is forward in the galley
  • Double deep stainless steel sinks
  • Hot and cold pressure water
  • Manual foot pump
  • Ample Counter space
  • Custom dish racks
  • Separate trash spot

Propane for galley stove

  • Locker on aft port Quarter
  • Properly vented with solenoid
  • One 20 lb tank
  • Additional smaller propane tank

Plumbing Details:

  • New water tanks – polypropylene tanks with baffles and inspection ports
  • Two heads
  • Head is aft on the port side
  • Sink with vanity
  • Separate shower with new Johnson cartridge sump pump and water level sensor
  • New composting toilet works great C-head (owner has original marine toilet also)
  • Aft holding tank removed
  • Cockpit shower with hot and cold fresh water shower
  • Forward Head is very large with shower stall and a toilet centerline
  • New holding tank for forward toilet
  • Electric discharge macerator pump for overboard discharge offshore
  • Pressure water pump
  • Below WL through-hulls UL© listed, 1/4 turn, ball valves of non-corrosive Marelon w/flanged base; Above WL through-hulls are Chrome/bronze
  • 11 gallon hot water heater, UL© approved, engine heat exchanger and 110v shore power.
  • 135 gal water capacity

Electronics & Navigation

New electronics with Simrad radar, plotter and AIS!

  • SIMRAD NSE-12 chart plotter/ MFD
  • SIMRAD 4G Radar, gimbal mount on back stay
  • SIMRAD NSPL-400 antenna splitter
  • SIMRAD AIS model nais-400 Class B
  • VHF Radio w/ cockpit remote mic
  • NAVTEX Receiver, display mounted at nav station
  • Raytheon Autohelm GPS with display in cockpit to port (backup)
  • Tacktick wireless instrument package: 2 analog wind displays, 3 digital displays
  • VHF with remote mic in cockpit
  • GlobalStar satphone antenna and handset
  • WiFi booster antenna
  • Raytheon 6001 autopilot (with spare drive unit)
  • Navtex weather receiver
  • New Sony  Stereo AM/FM/CD player with iPod jack and two interior speakers (speaker wires to cockpit not used)

Systems: Mechanical & Electrical Systems

The owners of Bold Spirit have been very serious about the care and maintenance of all the systems on the boat. They even developed a very detailed operations manual so every system is documented with procedures! Won't that be nice!


  • Yanmar 4JH2E 50 HP Engine
  • New fuel injectors 2016
  • Head were removed to inspect and service and reassembled with new gaskets and new fuel lines 2016
  • Complete service with all fluids, belts, and impellers 2016
  • 1 1/4" SS shaft with bronze strut was removed and inspected 2016
  • New shaft seal “Strong Seal” 2016
  • Remanufactured PYI Max Prop three blade
  • Non-corrosive muffler and exhaust system
  • Cutlass bearing new in 2016
  • New starter motor 2013
  • New 200 amp alternator, Amp-Tech L200SE1216
  • New fuel tanks! 75 gal fuel (approx.) in two aluminum tanks
  • Now fuel supply and return hoses and fuel manifold
  • Racor 500 FG secondary fuel filter
  • Good engine room access including an added access port
  • Engine room work light
  • Heavy-duty sound insulation
  • Fuel manifold system for two tanks
  • Spare parts for normal maintenance (belts, filters, impellers)
  • Edson pedestal wheel steering system with friction brake.



DC 12v Electrical System

  • Four new DEKA 4D agm batteries for 720 amp hours 2015
  • New start batterine DEKA Group 27 AGM 2015
  • Two alternators
  • Amptech high output alternator 200 amp with dual belts
  • Second alternator is 80 amp with selectable switch to activate
  • Ample Power Energy Monitor with Smart Regulator and Isolator Eliminator
  • Wiring is neatly done in conduits in the bilge and underneath toerail
  • DC electrical breaker panel
  • All circuits clearing marked
  • Bonding system
  • Pro-Safe FS60 Galvanic Isolator 2014
  • 12 Volt Systems:
  • Nav lights new, Orca Green Marine (OGM) ,  LED port and starboard nav lights 2014
  • Tri-color masthead light is new LED Aqua Series 34 LED
  • LED Anchor light
  • 12 Volt outlets
  • Cabin lights - 12 volt with LED bulbs
  • Courtesy entrance lighting.  Correct, but I haven’t been able to get them working.  Wonder if we shoud leave it out?
  • Remote switches at companionway and owner's stateroom
  • Bilge pump 2000 GPH electric pump with automatic float switch
  • Second electric bilge pump manually operated
  • Emergency manual pump in cockpit locker
  • Stern light
  • Steaming light LED
  • Deck Lights - LED
  • Cockpit light
  • Deck wash pump
  • Cockpit shower
  • Sump pumps for showers with automatic water level sensors

AC 110v Shore Power System:

  • 120v 30 amp connection
  • 50 ft. shore power cord
  • Adapter
  • AC breaker panel has master on-off breaker and reverse polarity indicator
  • Charger is Xantrex pure-sine wave 2000 Watt 120 volt AC inverter/100amp charger
  • 110 v outlets
  • Hot Water Heater

Rig and Sails Inventory

Great news, the rigging has been inspected, rod rigging reheaded, and the sails are new!

 The Saga 43 comes standard with the Saga exclusive "VARIABLE GEOMETRY RIG". inspired by the BOC/Whitbread singlehanders for offshore voyaging, this twin headstay arrangement allows you to have a big genoa on the outer furler with a smaller working jib on the inner furler. It is great for voyaging because the inner forestay carries a high aspect ratio self-tacking jib whereas the outer forestay carries a large high clewed genoa. The self tacking jib is used for upwind sailing and it is self tacking, which is great for shorthanded sailing. The big genoa is used for reaching and downwind sailing. The new full batten mainsail by Evolution Sails has a Harken batt car system. The mainsail reefing system is a single line reefing system rigged to the cockpit. With the new sheaves in the boom, it works really well.  For a shorthanded crew, this is perfect as you don't need to leave the cockpit! All of the details of the rig and sails have been designed to make the boat sail the best she can possible sail. They've done it right. They've incorporated many racing techniques and advantages to make this Saga a super go fast girl. Here are some of the key features:

  • Rod rigging inspected and reheaded by Atlantic spars 2015
  • Hydraulic back stay adjuster rebuilt 2015 Annapolis rigging
  • Traditional mainsail system
  • Mainsail cunningham
  • Hydraulic backstay tensioner rebuilt 2014
  • Outhaul and Vang
  • Running backstays used with storm jib
  • The halyard is led to an electric winch to raise the sail and first two reefs can be made using the electric winch
  • New sheaves in the boom for reefing lines – Zephyrwerks, Port Townsend WA
  • Roller furling headsail
  • Spinlock blocks to allow switching of genoa sheets to inboard tracks
  • Spinlock blocks to control furlers when headsails are reefed.
  • Upgraded many blocks to Harken Black Magic
  • Removable forestay and backstays for storm jib; storm jib halyard
  • Carbon fiber whisker pole deck mounted
  • Snubbing winches and additional rope clutches (total of 10) for control of lines led aft to cockpit:

Starboard side line stoppers:

  • Clew outhaul
  • Vang
  • Cunningham
  • Working jib sheet
  • Main halyard (has two clutches now)

Port Side Line stoppers

  • First reef line
  • Second reef line
  • Dutchman boom break
  • Mainsheet
  • Backup main halyard
  • Tie rod


  • New
  • New full batten mainsail with Harken batt car system
  • Mainsail has three reef points and a lazy jacks 4-leg system
  • Reefing lines for the first two reefs are single lines with Harken Black Magic blocks to minimize friction
  • New working Jib by Evolution Sails in Easton
  • Working jib is self tacking on a traveler
  • Genoa has two reef points for roller reefing with Spinlock stopper for the reefing line
  • Genoa sheets to powerful primary sheet winches in the cockpit
  • Carbon fiber whisker pole is used for downwind sailing with the Genoa
  • Storm jib is a standard Dacron sail with ready bag in excellent condition with little used.
  • Steadying sail used at anchor
  • Original sails are available – UK Tape-drive main and jib (well used)

Construction and Design Features

  • Modern cruising fin keel
  • Deep draft 6'9" instead of 6'3" makes her stiffer and more weatherly
  • Spade rudder
  • Premium grade resins, including vinylester laminates and ISO-NPG gelcoat for added strength
  • Barrier coat for osmosis protection and gloss retention
  • Vacuum BALTEK aircraft grade balsa coring in hull and deck
  • Core is voided or replaced with high density backing plates in areas of through-hulls or deck hardware attachment
  • Structural bulkheads and furniture components fully bonded to hull and deck to create monolithic strength and stiffness
  • Thru-bolted Hull/deck joint (4" centers) with polyurethane adhesive sealant
  • Aluminum slotted toerail with PVC rubrail for full length hullside protection
  • Sub-floor framing structure, utilizing bi-directional E-Glass reinforcements
  • External, cast lead-antimony keel attached with double row of 1" keel bolts
  • Deep keel sump to lower center of gravity & contain bilge water
  • Low friction, self-aligning rudder bearings
  • Stainless steel, 4" diameter rudder shaft, welded substructure
  • Balanced rudder design for fingertip control
  • Radio counterpoise molded in hull (copper strap & screen)
  • Fiberglass rub rail
  • Brand new bottom paint Interlux Micron Extra CSC
  • DECK:
  • "Tropics-Friendly" low maintenance deck layout, no exterior teak
  • Deck carapace/storm hood organizes, conceals, and protects halyards
  • Non skid decking in excellent condition
  • 30" high lifeline stanchions, port and starboard lifeline gates
  • Solid stainless steel stern rails around the cockpit to the boarding gates
  • Bow pulpit
  • Stern rail of one inch SS tubing to boarding gate
  • Walk through transom
  • Swim platform also a safety feature
  • Fiberglass dorade boxes with 4 inch SS cowls and guards
  • Storage lockers port and starboard of mast for lines and winch handles
  • Eight stainless steel opening ports, four fixed portlights
  • Large deck hatches
  • Double-wide opening port in cockpit foot well
  • Seven LEWMAR "Ocean Series" hatches with bug screens
  • Recessed engine control panel
  • Self-draining, Life-raft locker USCG approved propane tank storage locker.
  • Special safety locker for dinghy gasoline tank (holds most make 6 gal. tanks)
  • Folding  cockpit table
  • Transom door to access to swim scoop, SS swim ladder
  • Stainless steel welded grabrails on cabin top
  • Four 10" mooring cleats
  • Two 10" mid ship cleats
  • Four high-strength, safety harness padeyes in cockpit

Cockpit Details:

  • Dodger, with new bimini and connector!
  • Dodger has zip out side panels
  • Bimini frame has supports for solar panels
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Full sized ShadeTree awnings fore and aft
  • Removable steering wheel nut and wheel storage bracket
  • Added shelf in deep cockpit locker
  • Lift out transom gate hinges
  • Custom cockpit table that doubles as a spare hatch board
  • Custom swim ladder cover
  • Custom binnacle tray, with winch handle holders and umbrella hole
  • Custom cockpit table/spare companionway hatchboard
  • Riding sail

Ground Tackle:

  • Electric windlass 2008
  • 35 lb Spade anchor with 17 ft of chain and 200 ft of 5/8” nylon 8 plait
  • Custom anchor roller for Spade anchor on port side
  • 45 lb CQR with 150ft of 5/16” HT chain and 200ft of 5/8” nylon 3 strand, handled with Maxwell electric windlass, making chain self stowing
  • Three level chain locker for storage anchor rode
  • 35lb anchor kellet with 50 ft of line


  • Inflatable Zodiac dinghy 10’ very good condition
  • Outboard: Honda 4 stroke 5HP
  • Oars, deck cover
  • Battery operated nav lights
  • Motor mount
  • Lifting crane – Nova Lift to starboard

Additional and Safety Specifications & Items

  • Six man liferaft (crewsaver) recertified in Nov 2014
  • MOM-8 overboard rescue system recertified Nov 2014
  • LifeSling overboard rescue system
  • Sea Brake drogue in a bag
  • Amsteel lifelines
  • Full length jacklines (new 2014)  for harness tethers port and starboard
  • Inflatable lifejackets with harnesses and tethers for 4 crew
  • 4 PFDs with harness – automatic inflation
  • Two safety tethers
  • 4 cockpit flotation cushions
  • 4 additional lifejackets for dinghy
  • Propane control with sniffer
  • Four fire extinguishers and automatic unit in engine box
  • EPIRBS 408 MHz ACR Global Fix serviced Nov 2014
  • Rozendal Tri-lens fixed radar reflector on mast
  • New upsized automatic electric bilge pump
  • Second electric pump on manual switch
  • Manual bilge pumps in cabin and in cockpit
  • Spare manual bilge pump in cockpit locker
  • Fender boards
  • Six inflatable fenders


Length: 43
Beam: 12'
Draft: 6' 9
Engine Hours: Bernie and Kate