1998 Saga 43 Specifications & Features

Here are the published specifications from Saga Yachts at the time that Kinship was built, Kinship has had a large number of changes over the years, many of these specifications have changed:

Designed by Robert H. Perry — Dimensions

Length on Deck 43′ 3″ Saga 43
Length on Waterline 38′ 11″
Maximum beam 12′ 0″
Draft: (std. bulb keel) 6′ 3″
(shoal draft bulb keel) 5′ 3″
Sail Area (100% foretriangle) 952 Sq. Ft.
Displacement 20,000#
Ballast 7,800#
Tankage: Fuel 75 US gal.
Water 135 US gal.
Holding two 20 gal.
Mast Ht. (less antennas, etc.) 63′ 6″
Sail Area Displ. ratio (100% foretriangle) 20.6
SA/D with working sail 18.7
DISPL/Length ratio 152
RM/degree 1550 ft/lb
IMS Stability Index 133 degrees

 General Construction:

  • 100% hand-laid fiberglass construction
  • Lamination is resin-content controlled and hand-squeegeed, resulting in high strength/weight ratios
  • One-piece hull lamination with integral, molded hull/deck flange
  • Premium grade ISO-NPG gelcoat for maximum durability and osmotic blister resistance
  • TWO LAYERS Vinylester resin backup to gelcoat, for added blistering resistance
  • Premium grade polyester laminating resins in remainder of lamination
  • Bi-directional E-glass non-woven fabrics throughout, locally reinforced as appropriate
  • BALTEK™ balsa coring in hull and deck for the highest obtainable strength/weight ratio available without resorting to exotic materials
  • Core material is voided in areas of through-hulls or deck hardware attachment
  • Heavy duty solid glass centerline laminate for additional strength supporting keel and rig
  • All hardware secured with aluminum or high density composite backing plates
  • SAGA White hull with double waterline stripes
  • Structural bulkheads and major furniture components bonded to hull and deck where appropriate for a rigid monocoque hull structure
  • Hull and deck joined with polyurethane adhesive sealant, through bolted every 4″ with custom aluminum slotted toe-rail.  Integral PVC rubrail providing excellent topsides protection.  PVC rubrail can be easily owner-renewed
  • Massive fiberglass sub-floor framing structure, utilizing bi-directional E-Glass reinforcements, for hull stiffness and added strength
  • Mast is “keel” stepped on subfloor structure
  • External, cast lead-antimony keel attached with 1″ keel bolts to reinforced solid laminate keel sump
  • Deep keel sump to contain bilge water
  • Electrical wiring and plumbing fitted with grommets for chafe protection where appropriate
  • Low friction rudder bearings
  • Stainless steel, 4″ dia. rudder shaft, welded substructure
  • Balanced rudder design for extra light helm pressure, tight turning radius for easy docking and maneuvering under power or sail.  Controllable steering in reverse

 Deck Features:

  • Two colour deck, SAGA White and Sand.  Easy cleaning, low glare, diamond pattern non-skid areas as appropriate
  • Seating areas on coaming and cockpit seats are a leather grained non-skid for added comfort with less wear and tear on skin and clothing.   Seating areas are SAGA White for comfort in tropical sunlight
  • Deck carapace/storm hood organizes, conceals, and protects halyards
  • “Tropics-Friendly” low maintenance deck layout, i.e., no exterior teak or wood trim
  • Four fiberglass dorade boxes with SS cowls, with storage lockers port and starboard for lines and winch handles
  • Foot braces molded in cockpit floor for helm and crew.
  • Eight deluxe stainless steel framed opening ports, four large fixed portlights
  • One opening port in cockpit foot well to aft stateroom
  • Seven overhead hatches, Lewmar “Ocean Series™”
  • Easy access over bridge deck to companionway
  • Companionway sliding hatch with self-draining stormhood, acrylic hatchboards.  Captive safety pin secures hatchboards in heavy weather
  • Recessed engine control panel, provision for recessed autopilot control head
  • Recesses for on-deck navigation instruments in cockpit
  • Extra-long 7′ 6″ cockpit seats suitable for sleeping
  • USCG approved propane tank storage locker, vented overboard.   Space for 2 x 20 lb. gas bottles
  • Self-draining, cockpit locker for 6-man valise liferaft
  • Special safety locker for dinghy motor gasoline tank (holds OMC 6 gal. tank) in starboard cockpit seat, vented
  • Walk-out swim/boarding platform at cockpit floor level with hinged door.  No need to climb up and over seats or transom
  • Ultra-rapid cockpit drainage at any heel angle

 Deck Hardware:

  • Highest quality winches, block, and deck hardware
  • Two x two-speed, self-tailing primary cockpit winches
  • One self-tailing electric-powered two-speed, cabin top winch for main halyard and mainsail reefing
  • Cabin top mounted two-speed, self-tailing winch for mainsheet and jib sheet
  • Two winch handles, one “speed-grip”, one standard
  • Storage boxes for halyards and reef line tails in the cockpit coamings, self-draining
  • Self-tacking Jib gear, including custom traveler, blocks and single sheet, led aft
  • Cabin top mounted, mid-boom mainsheet traveler system (provides easy dodger and bimini installation)
  • Fairleads, blocks and tracks for reaching genoa
  • Pedestal wheel steering system with friction brake, SS wheel and pedestal guard
  • 5 inch dia. steering compass, pedestal mounted
  • Emergency tiller
  • Pedestal mounted single lever engine controls
  • SS Bow pulpit, 30″ high lifeline stanchions, stern rail with flag pole socket and flagstaff
  • Double lifelines, port and starboard lifeline gates
  • Transom door to access to swim scoop, SS swim ladder
  • Heavy Duty stainless steel bowsprit, dual anchor rollers
  • Single deck pipe to divided chain locker below
  • Stainless steel welded grabrails on cabin top… No varnishing or messy cleaning
  • Four high volume Stainless steel cowl ventilators mounted on dorade boxes with guards
  • Stainless steel crew support rails, port and starboard of mast, incorporating dorade guards
  • Four 12″ mooring cleates, two 12″ midships cleats
  • Four high-strength, safety harness padeyes in cockpit
  • Removable tubular webbing jacklines for crew safety harnesses, port and starboard on 4 high-strength padeyes

 Rig & Sails:

  • Innovative VARIABLE GEOMETRY RIG™ for shorthanded offshore sailing.  A SAGA EXCLUSIVE!
  • “Offshore™” polyurethane-coated aluminum mast and boom, stepped through deck to keel/floor frame structure Double spreader rig, continuous shrouds to deck level for simplified rig turning without going aloft
  • Stainless steel  1 x 19 standing rigging
  • Low-resistance luff slide system for smooth, low friction mainsail hoisting and reefing
  • Cruising spec. Dacron™ Mainsail w/2+2 batten layout, Dacron™ self-tacking Jib, High clew Reaching Genoa
  • Two Schaefer™ Genoa roller furling system
  • Halyards and reefing control lines in low stretch T-900 (Spectra™/Technora™ w/dacron™ cover) or equivalent
  • Split backstay for easy access to swim platform
  • Main halyard and reefing lines led aft through jammers.   Single line reefing for two reefs, led aft through jammers.  Color coded running rigging, internal halyards
  • Offshore™ mechanical rod vang with 16:1 block and tackle.   Acts as boom support when reefing or dropping sail
  • One mast-mounted selftailing winch with jammers for reacher and jib halyards, storage boxes at mast partners for halyards and jib halyards
  • Flag/burgee halyard
  • Internal mast conduit for electrical wires


  • Satin-varnished cherrywood interior joinery, 1″ cabin sole, teak veneer splined with holly
  • AFT HEAD:  “Seamless, sanitary, unit construction” molded head/shower unit.  Separate shower stall w/acrylic door, molded in vanity and sink, mirror, storage cabinets, toothbrush and cup holder, toilet paper holder, soap dish, molded-in non-skid floor finish with SAGA logo.  CHOICE OF: 
    Two Head Layout; Aft head plus forward head compartment of “Seamless, sanitary, unit construction” with H&C shower, shower sump, molded in sink, mirror, storage cabinets, toilet paper holder, and marine head in molded enclosure with hide-away hinged shower seat for easy clean up, molded-in non-skid floor finish

Single head option; forward head space converted to storage/workshop area

  • FORWARD STATEROOM:  Shelf outboard over generous sized pullman berth.  Bookshelf Cedar-lined hanging lockers, storage cabinets, six dresser drawers Vanity with mirror Overhead ventilation hatch, 2 ports
  • MAIN SALOON:  Two settee berths ergonomically designed for maximum comfort.  Choice of several superior quality designer fabrics, 5″ cushions, Lee cloths provided for secure sleeping while passage-making.  Deluxe drop-leaf table with storage in center section.  Storage behind settees.  Water tanks and storage under settees.  Lockers and bookshelves outboard.  Overhead grabrails throughout
  • NAVIGATION AREA:  Chart table with storage tray.   Navlight, electronics cabinet and shelf, electrical distribution panel mounted outboard, space for a variety of owner installed electronics
  • GUEST STATEROOM:  Cherrywood privacy door, huge double berth.  Cedar-lined hanging locker with shelf over, bureau.  4″ foam berth cushion, designer fabric.  Two opening ports


  • Condo-sized wraparound design with synthetic surfaces
  • Top loading icebox/freezer unit aft with 12 volt refrigeration (optional engine drive, cold plate system, minimum 4″ insulation
  • Gimbaled three burner FORCE 10™ LPG stove, remote electronic solenoid propane shutoff valve plus gas sniffer, one 10 lb. aluminum LP tank (space for 2 x 20 lb. tanks)
  • Stove safety bar with eyelets and chef’s belt
  • Highly polished double SS sinks, designer faucet hardware, manual foot pump for water conservation
  • Generous storage cabinets and drawers for dishes and utensils
  • Ventilation provided by dorade vent, two opening ports and overhead ventilation hatch
  • Convenient waste basket storage locker
  • Microwave oven

 Mechanical (Engine):

  • Yanmar 4 cylinder 4JH2E, naturally aspirated diesel
  • Dripless shaft seal, 1 1/4” SS shaft with bronze strut
  • Fixed three blade prop.  (Feathering prop optional)
  • 80 amp alternator
  • Non-corrosive muffler and exhaust system
  • 75 gal fuel (approx.) in two tanks, located below cabin sole for low Centre of Gravity
  • RACOR™ secondary fuel filter and water separator
  • Heavy duty engine compartment insulation
  • Engine room work light
  • Bronze raw water strainer
  • Deluxe engine panel, recessed in cockpit molding:   Hour meter, tachometer, water temp. gauge, oil pressure gauge, warning lights and buzzer
  • Single lever shift and throttle controls mounted on steering pedestal


  • Chainplates and rig grounded with 8AG solid copper wire to keel for lightning protection
  • Gel cell battery bank for house use (2 x 4D); and 1x #27 12v engine start battery (approx. 100 AH), master switch.
  • Custom electrical distribution panel with AC & DC magnetic breakers, AC & DC voltage meters and ammeters, battery test system, hinged panel access
  • 120v, 30 amp AC shorepower system with polarity tester and GFI protection, 50′ power cord
  • HEART Freedom 10™, 1000 Watt 120vAC inverter/ 12v 50 amp. battery charger, remote charging monitor panel
  • 12 volt lighting fixtures located throughout cabins
  • Indirect floor lighting throughout cabins
  • Entrance lighting with remote switches at companionway and owner’s stateroom, wired direct to battery and in-line fused.
  • 1500 GPH Electric bilge pump with automatic float switch, wired direct to battery with in-line fuse protection
  • Two electric sump pumps for shower/sink drainage
  • Pulpit-mounted, high intensity running lights; steaming light, mast mounted, to latest COLREGS
  • Halogen foredeck floodlight
  • Masthead light combining anchor light, strobe, and auxiliary trio-colour running lights
  • Cabins wired for optional fans and stereo speakers
  • Antenna cable in mast and from step to electrical panel
  • Wherever possible all wiring and connections are installed above cabin floor and clear of bilge
  • PVC conduits and messenger lines for easy after market wiring installation
  • Prewired for dockside telephone hookup (No Cord)


  • All through-hulls UL© approved 1/4 turn, ball valves of non-corrosive Marelon™
  • All through-hull hoses equipped with TWO hose clamps for redundancy
  • All through-hulls labeled
  • Hot and cold pressure water system with 12 volt multi-fixture pressure pump and accumulator tank with  charcoal filter
  • Showers in both heads with sump pumps
  • Hot and cold fresh water shower in cockpit
  • 11 gal. hot water heater with both engine heat exchanger and 120vAC operation, UL© approved
  • Manual fresh water pump at galley sink
  • Approx. 140 gal water capacity in two tanks, selector manifold for tanks
  • Each toilet has 20 gal. (approx.) holding tank, “Y” valve, seacock, electric Macerator pump for overboard discharge without dockside facilities, where legal
  • HD manual emergency bilge pump mounted in cockpit
  • Second HD manual emergency bilge pump below cabin sole for operation with all hatches and ports closed


  • Shoal Draft bulb Keel (5′ 3″ approx. draft)
  • Carbon-fiber mast
  • SS Rod rigging
  • Asymmetrical Spinnaker gear package
  • Asymmetrical Spinnaker with snuffer sock
  • Hydraulic backstay adjuster
  • Storm trysail package
  • Electric anchor windlass
  • Cockpit cushions, white vinyl
  • Air conditioning w/reverse cycle heat
  • 120 volt AC generator
  • FREEDOM 20™ inverter in lieu of Freedom 10™
  • SEAFROST™ engine-drive cold plate refrigeration system with shorepower assist in lieu of standard 12 volt system
  • Carpet set
  • Cabin fans
  • 140 amp alternator in lieu of standard
  • ST-50 Autohelm Sailing electronics
  • ST 6000+ Type 2 linear drive autopilot
  • Folding or Feathering Propeller
  • Steel storage cradle
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