The Saga 43, a double-headed masthead sloop, was designed by Robert Perry and built in Canada by Saga Yachts.
Underwater Profile: Bulb fin keel and spade rudder
Hull Material: GRP
Length Overall: 43'3" (13.2m)
Waterline Length: 38'11" (11.9m)
Beam: 12'0" (3.7m)
Draft: 6'3" (1.9m)
Rig Type: Masthead sloop
Displacement: 19,842lb (9,000kg)
Designer: Robert Perry
Builder: Saga Yachts (Canada)
Year First Built: 1996
Number Built: 55
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 20.9
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 39.3
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 150
4. Comfort Ratio: 27.9
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.8
1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 20.9 suggests that, in the right hands, the Saga 43 will have enough performance to leave most other sailboats of similar waterline length well astern.
2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 39.3 would usually mean that the xxxxx would have a tendency to heel excessively in a gust, and need to be reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.
However, as she carries much of her ballast concentrated in a bulb at the foot of the keel, she's likely to be considerably stiffer than her published Ballast/Displacement Ratio might suggest.
3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 150, tells us the Saga 43 is clearly a light displacement sailboat. If she's loaded with too much heavy cruising gear her performance will suffer to a degree.
4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 27.9 suggests that crew comfort of a Saga 43 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser with moderate stability, which is not encouraging news for anyone prone to seasickness.
5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.8 tells us that a Saga 43 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0.
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