Cecil | Saga 43' 2001

Annapolis, MD

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Yacht Name: Cecil
Builder: Saga
Model: 43
Year: 2001
Location: Annapolis, MD
Designer: Bob Perry
Hull Material: Fiberglass

Not all Saga 43s are alike. I’ve seen, sailed and sold enough of them to know that some are a lot better than the others. After very recent careful inspection of this Saga 43 named Cecil I can safely say that Cecil is heads above the rest of the fleet. , plus also knowing the owner/seller and the way that he addressed this good offshore sailing vessel by making her even Her original owner hired the Designer, Bob Perry, to improve the boat’s build quality and even some of the design elements. Here is a short list of items that make her even better! First she has a deeper heavier keel for more stability and windward work. There is extra grid work completed aft and forward to the mast base which reinforces the structural bulkhead making the boat stiffer that sister ships. After the initial modifications the owner spent tons of money on the boat over the years. The mast was pulled/painted and rewired. In 2015 all new electronics were added. Also in 2015 a new generator was installed. There is Espar diesel heater aboard as there is full AC/heat throughout. Her sails are all 2014 and recently refurbished in 2019. Cecil’s interior has absolutely no water damage anywhere. All owners of their boats love their boats, but what I’m saying is that some owners just like and can spend more money on their boats than most others. This is the case with Cecil.

The Saga 43 is designed by Robert H. Perry, and you know he designed the Valiant 40 racer cruiser and remarkable BOC solo round the world racer back in the 1970s. In the early nineties, Bob designed the Saga 43 which is a very serious performance cruiser meant to keep sailing long after other cruisers have turned on the engine. When so many cruisers end up motoring to their destination, the Saga 43 is really a sailors' performance cruising boat.

Indeed, the Saga 43 is a very well thought out design. At 43 feet LOA, everything on her is manageable. She is a purposeful boat with all of the quality, strength, and equipment necessary to make it a dependable cruising platform. Bob Perry definitely incorporated many things into the design of the Saga, using his forward thinking ideas of his Starbuck, Icon and Foxfire designs. All have the plum bow, all have lots of waterline and all are easily driven hull forms. Just look at similar designs as Chuck Paine’s Apogee series, or Steve Dashew's Deerfoot/Sundeers or Schumacher's Outbound; all are very similar in so many ways. Fast, mean and lean sailing machines. Nothing cute, nothing fancy on them; they are just straight forward sailing machines; all business.

The narrow hull of the Saga 43 has lots of waterline and is very easily driven through the water and which requires far less sail area to move her. That makes for less strain on the rig, lower sheet and winch loads, and most importantly, less sweat for the crew. Coupled with its 20000 lb. displacement, the SAGA 43 will require no more effort to sail than the average 38 footer. But the big bonus is that the SAGA 43's longer waterline length translates to higher speeds under both power and sail than ordinary boats with the same LOA. In fact the 43 performs more like a 50 footer with a dynamic waterline length of over 41 feet when underway. She has a massively over-built tubular stainless steel bowsprit, near vertical stem profile, wall sided hull, and tall deckhouse which all helps to give the boat a rugged, secure, and business-like air. Plus there are some ideas incorporated into her from the BOC racers, especially the sail and rig layout, which enables just one person sail her fast, very fast. This design is fast on all points of sail and is able to carry her crew anywhere that they choose the sail to. A modern design, inside and out, underwater and also above. One will be happy with everything that this great world voyager has to offer. 

This fast comfortable properly equipped and cared for bluewater voyager is seriously for sale. If this is the type of boat that you’re looking for, give Cecil your serious consideration. She will not disappoint. 


Length: 43'
Beam: 12'
Draft: 6' 6
Water Tank Capacity: 133 Gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity: 75 Gallons
Engine Manufacturer: Yanmar
Engine Model: 4JH2E
Power: 75 HP
Number of Engines: 1
Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 2610 Hours


From the drawing board of Bob Perry, the Saga has an interior that works for living aboard and cruising. The interior is light and bright with good ventilation, nice upholstery, and nicely finished Cherry wood joinery and a teak and holly cabin sole. The 6’6” head room makes this vessel pleasing for tall sailors. The spacious layout provides two staterooms and one head and stall shower.

As you enter the companionway, there is a large guest stateroom to port with a double berth, drawers, and hanging locker. The spacious galley is to starboard just at the companionway with loads of storage and great counter space. 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. Forward of the salon is a large owner's V-berth stateroom with a real inner spring mattress and plenty of room to move around. The berth is 6'6" long with eight drawers and  storage under it. The head is just aft to port head is forward and it is really huge, designed to become storage on a voyage.

  • Spacious, light and airy with 6’6” headroom
  • Two stateroom one head layout
  • Stall shower
  • Beautiful cherry interior with teak and holly cabin sole
  • Centerline drop-leaf dining table and seating for six comfortably
  • Real mattress in owners forward stateroom
  • Air conditioning with reverse cycle heat
  • Alpine AM/FM/CD player with both interior and cockpit speakers
  • Espar diesel heater
  • Six 12v cabin fans



  • Beautiful galley on the starboard side at the companionway
  • Incredible counter space with Corian
  • Ample easy storage and beautiful cabinetry
  • Refrigeration 12 volt system
  • Separate freezer
  • Force 10 gimbaled three-burner stove with oven and broiler
  • Propane monitor
  • 20# Propane tank in proper locker
  • Double deep stainless steel sinks
  • Pressure hot and cold water
  • Foot pump currently disconnected
  • Microwave
  • Flatware drawer
  • Trash bin
  • Spice rack
  • Custom dish racks
  • Liquor storage in dining table



  • 62 gals
  • Single head with stall shower with seat
  • Standard marine toilet connected to 20 gallon holding tank with Y valves
  • New hoses 2015
  • Deck pump out or overboard offshore with macerator pump
  • Macerator pump is new 2019


Navigation & Communication

  • Compliments of a lightning strike in 2012, all the electronics were replaced in 2014
  • Navigation station facing aft tucked to port at companionway
  • Chart table with storage and storage under seat and outboard
  • Radar: Furuno radar with Radom mounted on arch
  • Radar display in the cockpit and at the nav station
  • Furuno GPS/Plotter: Integrated radar display 2014
  • AIS- integrated with radar/plotter
  • VHF – Icom VHF Radio with DSC with full function cockpit mic
  • Raymarine P70 Autopilot - linear drive below deck autopilot 2013
  • Sailing instruments: Raymarine ST60 Speed Log, Depth, Wind
  • Masthead windex
  • SSB Icom 802 with Insulated Backstay
  • Insulated backstay and KISS Ground Plane system
  • Clock & Barometer
  • Richie Compass



  • Engine Room with great engine access on front, sides and aft
  • Yanmar 4JH3 75hp with 2610 hours
  • Straight shaft
  • Cruises at 6.5 knots at 2500 rpms with max 8.5 knots at 3500 rpm
  • Cruise range about 400 nautical miles
  • Dual Racor fuel filters – 2019
  • Autostream feathering prop – adjustable pitch
  • Cutlass bearing replaced
  • PSS Shaft seal
  • Maintenance log!
  • Whitlock rack and pinion steering system
  • Emergency tiller
  • Engine Room Fire Suppression System



Comprehensive electrical with ample batteries new in 2016, large alternator, solar panels, wind generator and diesel generator to run AC!

Electrical 12 Volt System:

  • Six AGM Batteries in 2016 (750 amp/hrs)
  • Plus engine start battery Group 27
  • Balmar Alternator 125 amp main alternator
  • Balmar smart regulator
  • Solar Panels – two Kyocera 135 watt panels 8 amps mounted on arch
  • Wind Generator – Super Wind 350 (very, very quiet)
  • Battery capacity/ performance monitor – Magnum MS-2013
  • 12 Volt Breaker Panel:
  • Nav lights - LED
  • Steaming light - LED
  • Stern light - LED
  • Tricolor LED masthead light
  • Beautiful connections at mast under vanity
  • 12 v. outlets - two
  • Cabin lights (Alpenglow LED lights)
  • Electronics – 12 v
  • Refrigeration 12 v
  • Pressure water
  • Deck washdown pump
  • Cockpit shower
  • Electric bilge pumps

110 Volt System:

  • 110 V. System: Shore Power and Generator
  • 30 amp 110V and 50 amp 220V shore power connections
  • Magnum Inverter Charger
  • Northern Lights 5.5 KW diesel generator
  • The short block was replaced in 2015 – only 46 hours since


Sails & Rigging

The Saga 43 comes standard with the Saga exclusive "VARIABLE GEOMETRY RIG". inspired by the BOC/Whitbread single-handers for offshore voyaging. It is a twin headstay arrangement so that you can 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. It’s self tacking, which is great for shorthanded sailing. The big genoa is used for reaching and downwind sailing. The full batten mainsail has a single line reefing system rigged to the cockpit. 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.


  • 63’ spar with triple spreaders and internal halyards
  • Sloop - Solent rigged
  • Mast and boom painted in 2011
  • Wire rigging replaced in 2012 by M Yacht Services
  • Chain plates inspected
  • Traveler upgrade 2019
  • Inboard genoa tracks and shrouds
  • Running back stays new in 2012
  • Traveler new in 2014
  • Forespar Rigid Boom Vang with control lines to the cockpit
  • Preventer system
  • Downwind pole
  • All control lines led to cockpit with line stoppers

Sail Inventory:

  • Sloop – Solent rigged
  • All sails refurbished in 2019
  • Jib is self tacking 95% headsail by North Sails with three vertical battens in the upper third of the sail (8.8 oz Dacron
  • Mainsail is new 952 sq ft full battened Mack sail 2015 with three reef points
  • Harken Batt cars
  • Jiffy reef lines led to cockpit
  • Mack pack (stack pack)
  • Code Zero downwind sail from beam reach and aft 2008


  • Mainsheet Winch, Electric!
  • Harken 2 speed ST sheet winches


Hull & Deck


  • Modern cruising fin keel
  • Deep draft 6'6" instead of 6'3"
  • Added ballast 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
  • Mast step rebuilt and reinforced 2011
  • 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)
  • Marlon and bronze thru hulls
  • Barrier coat – bottom renewed in 2013
  • Bottom paint 2019 two coats of Sea Hawk Biocop
  • Topsides waxed
  • No blisters
  • Fiberglass rub rail


  • "Tropics-Friendly" low maintenance deck layout, no exterior teak
  • Deck and cockpit waxed
  • Deck carapace/storm hood organizes, conceals, and protects halyards
  • Non skid decking in excellent condition
  • Aluminum toe rail
  • 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
  • Recent rebidding of deck fittings for water and fuel fill
  • 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
  • Eight  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)
  • 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
  • Arch with solar panels installed 2010
  • Motor mount, stainless steel
  • Yamaha 9.9 outboard
  • Davits used to lift motor
  • Dinghy – 2011 Achilles RIB 9’2” ACH00307C111 MD 2799 CD



  • Aft cockpit with complete Isinglass cockpit enclosure – Feb 2012
  • Dodger and Bimini 5 years old
  • Dodger with side and aft handrails
  • Bimini over helm station
  • Sun awnings (two) attach to bimini 2014
  • Walk through transom with swim platform
  • Cockpit drains two
  • High seatbacks and good leg room
  • Secure and comfortable sitting
  • Three cockpit lockers and one lazarette
  • Binnacle
  • Fold-down table
  • Ritchie 6" compass binnacle mounted
  • Engine controls
  • Autopilot - Simrad Robertson
  • VHF remote cockpit Mic
  • Navigation light switches are all within easy reach of the helmsman
  • ST60 Speed, depth, wind indicator
  • Furuno Radar and chart plotter with AIS display in the cockpit.


Ground Tackle

  • Double bow roller on anchor platform
  • SS bow anchor rollers with 1/4" SS deck plating back
  • Divided chain locker for both anchor rodes and chain
  • Saltwater wash-down pump
  • Maxwell electric windlass
  • Primary anchor is Bruce 75# (30 kg) anchor w/150' feet of HT chain and 100’ rode
  • Secondary anchor is Delta FX37 with 150’ chain and 100’ rode


Additional & Safety

  • Fenders 4
  • Dock lines 6
  • AIS receiver
  • PFDs - six
  • Solas Flares (probably not current)
  • Fire extinguishers: Galley, and Aft Cabin
  • Horn - manual
  • Manual bilge pump below deck and in the cockpit
  • Throwable - one
  • MOM
  • EPIRB 406 with GPS
  • Life raft: Viking 4 person 2005 (certification in 2017) stows in Valise
  • Manual bilge pump below decks