Seacoast Yachts of Channel Islands
2950 S. Harbor Blvd
Oxnard, CA, US, 93035
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2002 Saga 43

location icon Oxnard, California
Year 2002
Length 43 ft

Rare Opportunity to acquire a cruise-ready Saga 43. Wild Horses has been owned by a very knowledgeable cruising couple who purchased her in Michigan and then voyaged to the East Coast for an extended cruise. Now in Channel Islands Harbor, Wild Horses is ready for her next adventure.

Wild Horses features Newer Electronics, AIS, Wind Generator, Solar Panels, Tender, Davits, and much more. 


Year Built 2002
Category Sail
Length Overall 46 ft
Length Of Deck 43'3 ft
Beam 12 ft
Max Draft 5'10 ft
Cabins 2
Construction Fiberglass
Hull ID QYG43044M02E
Keel Bulb Keel
Drive Type Direct
Engines 1
Total Engine Power 56 hp
Fuel Tanks 2
Fuel Tank Cap. 90 gal
Water Tanks 2
Water Tank Cap. 133 gal
Holding Tanks 1
Holding Tank Cap. 20 gal
Dry Weight 19842 lb
Ballast 7800 lb
Displacement 19,842 lb

Engine 1 Specifications

Make: Yanmar 4JH-3E
Model: Yanmar 4JH-2E
Fuel: Diesel
Engine Power: 56hp
Type: Inboard
Propeller Type: 3 BladeBronze, Feathering
Engine Location: Center
Drive Type: Direct
Year: 2002
Engine Hours: 1,207

Master stateroom: 

The island centerline berth is a spacious 6’8” x 36”x 66” with 6 drawers below and storage beneath the berth itself.  There are 3 raised panel lockers above the bunk and along the hull on either side.  The hull sides are lined with ash staving and there is a convenient step-up on either side of the berth to aid entry    Aft on starboard is a cedar-lined hanging locker with a fiddled shelf above. For lighting and ventilation, there are two overhead hatches, a Hella fan, five overhead lights, and 3 brass LED reading lights. Headroom 6’3”. There is a vanity sink and mirror in the master stateroom

In the forepeak is a large chain locker, which is separated from the cabin by a cherry access door. This locker,features two hawse pipes lead below the locker to get the weight of the chain down low.


Main Salon - In the spacious main salon with a 6’3” headroom there is a drop leaf cherry table that will easily seat six on the centerline with storage beneath the top and two drawers at the aft end of the table.  There is a straight settee on the port which can be used as a 6’5” long single berth.  To starboard there is a 6’10” long settee. Both settees are equipped with lee cloths and have tanks and some storage beneath them and storage behind them.  There are multiple lockers with shelves and fiddled shelves in the main salon. Lighting and ventilation are provided by two overhead hatches, four fixed lights, two dorade vents, a Hella fan, four overhead lights, and four brass LED reading lights. 

Nav station: The nav is aft-facing on starboard with a spacious chart table and lockers beneath the table and a fiddled shelf outboard.  There is an additional; surface that can be used for a laptop surface.  

Head: The head is located on the port and is across from the galley and features a separate stall shower.

Aft stateroom: On the port side aft of the head is the guest cabin that features a   6'7" x 6'2" berth. The cabin is well ventilated, with two opening ports, an overhead hatch, and a Hella fan. 

Interior Features:

  • Cherry hardwood interior in a rich hand-rubbed satin varnish finish
  • Solid cherry cabinet doors and drawers
  • Raised panel cherry locker doors throughout
  • Cedar lined hanging lockers
  • Ash staving along hull sides
  • Teak and holly cabin sole with positive latching floorboards
  • Surface screwed floorboards allow for easy access to the hull grid
  • Removable headliner panels
  • Almond Ultraleather upholstery in saloon
  • Lee cloths on both settees
  • Overhead hatches with screens
  • Stainless steel portholes with screens
  • European brass receptacle plates and light switch
  • Hella fans (3)
  • Large “U” shaped galley along the starboard side 
  • Double stainless steel sinks
  • Corian countertops
  • Freshwater foot pump
  • Gimbaled Force 10 propane 3 burner stove top with thermostatic oven and broiler
  • BEP LPG gas detector
  • Built-in Sylvania microwave oven
  • Tank Watch 4 system for water and holding tanks
  • Illuminated top-loading 12-volt refrigerator/freezer with spillover fan
  • Pull out trash bin
  • Storage cabinets above countertops
  • Storage drawers
  • Spice rack over the stove
  • Seamless unit construction with a molded non-skid sole
  • Molded scallop shell sink with soap dish
  • Single lever H/C stainless steel water mixer
  • Separate shower stall with radiused acrylic shower door
  • Single lever shower mixer with adjustable height shower wand on a stainless steel bar
  • Plexiglas shower shelf
  • Molded shower seat and soap dish
  • Electric shower sump pump
  • Jabsco head 
  • Y-valve for overboard discharge
  • Tank Watch holding tank monitor
  • Locker with shelves beneath the sink
  • Cherry trimmed locker and framed mirror
Hull and Deck
  • The hull of the Saga 43 has a nearly plumb bow and rakish stern with a convenient walk-out swim platform. Construction of the hull is of hand-laid fiberglass, using premium-grade polyester resin, with two layers of vinyl ester resin for added osmotic protection. There is aircraft grade Baltek balsa coring in the hull and deck; the core is voided or replaced with high density backing plates in areas of thru-hulls or deck hardware attachment. Along the keel is an additional heavy duty solid laminate layup for additional keel and mast support strength. The aluminum slotted toe rail has a PVC rub rail for full length hullside protection. The keel is externally hung lead with a double row of 10 1" keel bolts. All bulkheads and furniture components are fully bonded to the hull and deck. The hull to deck joint is thru-bolted on 4" centers and bonded with polyurethane adhesive sealant. There is a massive sub-floor framing structure utilizing bi-directional E-Glass reinforcements for hull stiffness and added strength. The exterior is tropics friendly, with no exterior teak to maintain. The cockpit seats have nice high coamings for great back support and are 7'6" long, making them wonderful for cockpit sleeping. Foot braces are molded into the cockpit sole for the helm and crew.            

    • Custom stainless steel bow roller for better launch and drop of anchors
    • Double stainless steel bow rollers extend well forward of the bow
    • Danforth Stern anchor with 50 ft.  chain and 200 ft. rode
    • Delta 45# plow anchor with 200’ of 5/16”  chain and 200 ' rode
    • Muir electric windlass with up and down footswitches with cockpit windlass remote
    • Dual hawse pipes lead ground tackle down to the keel- keeps the weight down low
    • 30” high stainless steel bow rail
    • Slotted aluminum toe rail
    • Six mooring cleats
    • Port, starboard and transom lifeline gates
    • Double 30” high  wire lifelines 
    • Walk thru transom with hinged fiberglass transom door
    • Swim platform with stainless steel swim ladder
    • 7’6” long, deep sculpted cockpit seats provide great back support and good sleeping under the stars
    • Self-draining line organizer boxes molded into the cockpit coamings
    • Dedicated self-draining life raft locker
    • Dedicated, USCG approved, vented locker for dinghy gasoline storage
    • Safety bars at mast
    • Storage wells at mast base for winch handles, etc.
    • Stainless steel grab rails
    • Four stainless steel dorades with stainless steel guards
    • Four fixed ports and nine opening ports with screens
    • Cockpit pad eyes (3)
    • Dodger with side grab bars, opening center panel, and removable side windows
    • Bimini with overhead sight window and connector
    • Full cockpit enclosure 
Sail and Sail Handling
    • Saga Variable Geometry rig with keel stepped double spreader aluminum mast and boom
    • Stainless steel 1x19 wire standing rigging
    • Harken roller furlers for both headsails
    • Harken self-tending jib track
    • Harken Batt-car low friction mainsail system
    • Forespar rigid boom vang
    • Harken mainsheet track and car with mid boom sheeting
    • Navtec hydraulic backstay adjuster
    • Spinnaker halyard
    • Spare main halyard
    • Harken #32 2-speed self-tailing chrome halyard winch on mast
    • Spinlock line clutches on the mast (2)
    • Harken #53 2-speed self-tailing chrome primary winches
    • Harken #40 2-speed self-tailing chrome control winch on the cabin top
    • Harken #40 2-speed electric self-tailing chrome winch on the cabin top
    • (8) Spinlock line clutches on the cabin top 
    • Quantum full batten mainsail with 2 reef points
    • Quantum stack pack sail cover with lazy jacks 
    • Quantum reaching Genoa
    • Ullman self-tacking jib
    • Custom Spinnaker
  • Horizon Intrepid VHF radio with RAM mike at the helm
  • Raymarine 9" Hybrid Touch MFD Radar/Chartplotter at Navigation Station
  • Raymarine 9" Hybrid Touch MFD Radar/Chartplotter chartplotter at helm
  • Raymarine ST-6001 autopilot
  • Raymarine I70 wind instrument
  • (2) Raymarine programmable displays (Speed, Depth, etc)
  • Raymarine AIS 650 Class B AIS (send/receive)
  • Raytheon ST-60 speed indicator
  • Ritchie compass at the helm with cover
  •  12 volt and 120 volt electrical distribution panel with hinged access
  • Magnetic circuit breakers, volt and amp meters, and battery rest system
  • 30 amp shore power cord
  • 120 Amp engine alternator with smart regulator
  • (6) - 6 Volt Lifeline AGM House Batteries
  • Dedicated 12 volt engine start battery
  • Wind Generator with controller
  • 2- 50Amp Solar panels with controller
  • Marine Air 16,000 BTU A/C with reverse cycle heat
  • Marine Air electronic controls
  • 11 gallon hot water heater with engine heat exchanger
  • Xantrex  inverter/charger with remote panel 
  • Engine battery switches with parallel switch
  • Grounding system
  • West Marine am/fm radio in main salon
  • Stereo speakers in cabins, salon, and cockpit
  • Lightning grounded protection system
  • TV Antenna
Mechanical and Systems
    • Yanmar 4JH3E 56HP engine with 1207 hours
    • Kanzaki KM3A1 transmission with 2.64:1 ratio
    • 75 gallons of fuel in two stainless steel tanks
    • Racor R50S fuel filter
    • External Yanmar fuel filter mounted forward for easy access
    • Electric fuel pump
    • Vetus exhaust system
    • Electric fuel tank gauge
    • Tides Marine dripless shaft seal
    • 1 ¼” solid stainless steel shaft with bronze strut
    • Maxprop feathering 3-blade propeller 
    • Whitlock steering pedestal w/geared drag link steering (no chain or cables)
    • Whitlock 40” 5-spoke stainless steel wheel
    • Wheel brake
    • Whitlock single lever engine control
    • Ritchie compass
    • Marine Air 16,000 BTU reverse cycle heat/air conditioning 
  • Tan Canvas
  • Dodger with grab rails
  • Bimini
  • Full Cockpit enclosure
  • Pedestal Cover
  • Hatch Covers
  • Winch Covers
Additional Equipment
  • Davits
  • Arch
  • AB Aluminum Floor Dinghy
  • 6 HP 4 Stroke Yamaha Outboard
  • Life sling  overboard rescue system 
  • Life jackets
  • Emergency tiller
  • Radar reflector
  • Rod holder
  • American flag
  • Forespar engine davit
  • Edson outboard motor pad
  • Pedestal mounted cup holders
  • Fiberglass fold-out cockpit table
  • Cockpit cushions 
  • Dock lines and fenders
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 footers. 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 heatwaves. Storage wells at the mast base hideaway 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 keep 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 handcrafted, hand-rubbed, and satin varnished in cherry wood. There is minimally 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 is provided standard, as are two removable jack lines 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 hatch boards 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 falling into a hot stove and the galley belt is provided for cooking underway. All cabinets and drawers are positive locking in a seaway.


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.

Owner's personal items excluded.  Exclusions include, however are not limited to, Seller's personal possessions, loose items, binoculars, handheld radio(s), charts, tools, fishing equipment, spare parts, clothing and foul weather gear, galley equipment, linens/bedding and any items not specifically listed on equipment list specifications sheet.

Additional Contact Information
Please contact Bob Nahm (805) 666-9676 for an appointment to view this fine Saga 43.