This Robert Perry designed cruiser is robust and ready to cross oceans. The Saga 48 is a stellar Bluewater vessel, with much thought and care put into her design and construction... Make sure you read the article by Mr. Perry on this design in Sailing Magazine, in the descriptions. "Lion Wings" was purchased new by her current owner and has been very lightly used, which is reflected in her engine hours. She is Hull # 3 of this model, and was featured in the Newport and Annapolis boat shows the year of her launch. Since then, she has traveled the Caribbean and is now sitting in Jacksonville, FL, ready for her next adventure. She's the ideal cruising passagemaker for a couple or family who wishes to travel in style and safety.
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Melanie Sunshine Neale
Sunshine Cruising Yachts strives to educate and empower both buyers and sellers of fine seagoing sailing and power yachts, combining integrity and passion in order to give our clients a memorable and positive experience.
The third in a line of fast and comfortable cruisers.
Back in the mid-1990s, at a time when a lot of boatbuilders were biting the dust, Scotsman Alan Poole decided to start Saga Marine and produce a line of sailboats initially conceived as counterpoints to the overly beamy cruising boats that were dominating the market. Alan approached me to do the designing and I signed on immediately. Pundits gave Saga little chance of surviving. That was 50 Saga 43s ago and 12 Saga 35s ago. The new 48 is the next logical step beyond the Saga 43 and is intended to be a comfy, fast and easy-to-handle "mom and pop" cruising boat.
The hull form borrows the short ends and nearly plumb stem from my Saga 43 and 35, although this time I have chosen to go with more beam. The L/B of the 48 is 3.47 so the 48 is still far from a fatso when you compare it to many other contemporary cruisers, some of which have L/Bs under 3.
A fine entry combined with a waterline length of 43 feet, 7 inches and a D/L of 160 ensures good performance under both sail and power. This design recognizes that most of us end up motoring a lot when cruising. I just had a weekend on Puget Sound of 3-knot tides combined with light, fickle winds. Performance under power is important. I am looking for speed under power of around 9.5 knots. The big, spade rudder is as far aft as I could put it and will give the 48 good tracking characteristics. The keel is a moderately shoal fin-and-bulb type designed more for cruising convenience than blazing upwind speed.
The concept was for a quick cruising boat capable of navigating the ICW with the happy couple snug and cuddly, so I gave the boat a raised, double helm seat and inside steering. The galley is big and that suits me just fine. There is lots of counter space and a very large reefer/freezer unit. The dinette is not raised but extends outboard under the side deck. This dinette is 7 feet, 6 inches long and more than adequate for four to dine in comfort. The two heads share a shower stall. There is a nav station adjacent to the aft head. Note the large hanging locker. The forward stateroom is spacious and features a double berth that is 6 feet wide across its widest point. The plumb stem affords us the volume for a large fo'c'sle and the aft cockpit layout leaves plenty of room for a huge lazarette.
On deck we chose a two-wheel arrangement for the cockpit in order to have a clear walk-through transom opening to the swim step. The wheel areas feature sculpted consoles to house instruments and computer screens. Just like with the other Sagas, we went with a pipe frame bowsprit that houses the ground tackle rollers. There is a foredeck hatch that allows direct access to the fo'c'sle. I like the looks of this boat. If I didn't I would have changed it. I do find it ironic that while I rail against Euro-styling from time to time, my Saga 48 looks more Euro than the Group Finot-designed Beneteau reviewed next. The Sagas, with their truncated ends, have always had a distinct look.
The rig is based on the rigs we did for the other Sagas. There is a self-tacking jib with a single sheet that goes up the mast from the jib track and then down to a coaming-mounted winch. There are tracks for the masthead genoa, which is a light-air or reaching sail. The best way to tack the genoa on this rig is to just bite the bullet and roll it partially or all the way up. You can squeeze it through the small slot without rolling it up, but it ain't pretty. In any wind above 8 knots the tremendous convenience of the self-tacking jib overcomes the small reduction in sail area. There is also a taller rig for those who don't have to worry about going under bridges. The SA/D is 19.98 with the tall rig. This is on the high side for a mom and pop boat, but consider that this boat is designed to be sailed primarily with the nonoverlapping self-tacking jib.
General construction • Lloyd’s approved Martinply® custom woven Kevlar® through 100% of the hull using post-cured premium grade vinylester resin and vacuum cored throughout the laminate. • Premium grade resins, including vinylester laminates and ISO-NPG gelcoat for added strength, osmosis protection and gloss retention • BALTEK™ aircraft grade balsa coring in hull and deck • Core is voided or replaced with high density backing plates in areas of throughhulls or deck hardware attachment. • Structural bulkheads and furniture components fully bonded to hull and deck Thru-bolted Hull/deck joint (4" centers) with polyurethane adhesive sealant. • Aluminum slotted toe-rail; PVC rub rail for full length hull side protection. • Sub-floor framing structure, utilizing bi-directional E-Glass reinforcements. • External, cast lead-antimony bulb keel attached with double row of keel bolts. • Deep keel sump to lower Center of gravity & contain bilge water • Stainless steel, 4.5" OD rudder shaft, welded substructure
Fully hand crafted, satin-varnished cherry wood joinery is found throughout the beautiful interior. There are two staterooms and two heads.
Master stateroom The Owner's stateroom features a king berth with a custom 8" multi-density foam mattress. Four deep drawers, a chart locker and seven deep bins are located under the berth. A four drawer bureau with a marbleized top, a full-height shelf locker, overhead lockers both port and starboard and a cedar-lined hanging locker provide exceptional storage. There is also a built-in clothes hamper. The master stateroom head features a molded vanity with a stainless steel sink, a mirrored medicine cabinet and a marbleized counter top. A separate shower stall and a household size Vacu-Flush toilet complete the head.
Saloon The galley is aft to starboard, allowing good communication with the cockpit, and the office/navigation center is immediately forward. The navigation center has a two-station desk with drawers and chart storage, a book locker and instrument panels. Two adjustable captains chairs complete the center. A large dinette is located to port with storage behind the settees, book lockers outboard and a height-adjustable table. Forward to starboard is a large pantry/shelf locker, an additional hanging locker and a spirits locker with a marbleized bar top. All of the seating surfaces are cream colored UltraLeather.
Guest stateroom A locking cherry door provides privacy for the guest stateroom, which features a cedar lined hanging locker w/shelves, a bureau with a marbleized top and a shoe locker below. The double berth also features a custom 8" multi-density foam
mattress. The guest head features a molded vanity with a stainless steel sink, a mirrored medicine cabinet and a marbleized counter top. A second Vacu-Flush toilet is adjacent to the large walk-in shower, which is shared. The shower, which has shelves and hanging rods, doubles as a wet locker.
Galley: A large U-shaped design features cherry cabinetry with marbleized counter tops. A dry-storage pantry and numerous drawers and lockers offer generous storage for food stores, tableware and cooking utensils. The top loading fridge/freezer, providing a capacity of approximately 16 cubic feet, is powered by a Glacier Bay Micro HPS 12 volt holding plate system. Cooking appliances include a gimbaled 4 burner Force 10 LPG oven and range, a Sharp microwave and a Force 10 LPG fired cockpit grill. The propane system features a remote electronic solenoid shutoff valve plus a gas leak detector/alarm. A double SS sink is located near the centerline and is supplied with SS designer faucet for pressurized water, two foot pumps for fresh and raw water, soap dispenser and an Insinkerator instant hot. Fresh water to the sink is filtered by a ShurFlo Waterguard filter on the cold water supply line. Ventilation is provided by an adjustable dorade, two opening ports and an overhead hatch with bug screens and Skyshade.
Deck features • Large sail locker in the bow separated from the cabin by a watertight bulkhead • Cockpit lazerette provides easy access to ship’s systems and steering gear in addition to great storage • Walk-out swim/boarding platform at cockpit floor level with a self-stowing retractable boarding ladder, hot and cold transom shower and a hinged gate and lifelines. • SS stern rail w/integral radar arch & dinghy hoist bar with dinghy lift system. • 2 Opening ports and large escape/vent hatch for aft cabin in cockpit • 6 LEWMAR "Ocean Series™" hatches with bug screens and Skyshades • Captive safety pin secures acrylic hatch boards in heavy weather • Self-draining, internal life-raft locker integrated into the transom •USCG approved propane tank storage locker for two 20 lb. aluminum LP tanks • 4 adjustable SS mushroom ventilators with threaded SS caps when removed • 8 aluminum framed opening ports, bug screens for ports
• Canvas new in 2013 • Harken winches, blocks, and deck hardware throughout • (2) Harken two-speed, self-tailing primary cockpit winches • 2 two-speed electric secondary winches (powered furling) • 1 electric two-speed, cabin top winch & one manual self tailing cabin top winch • Two Quadruple rope clutches • “Spaghetti boxes” for halyards and reef line tails in the cockpit coamings • Self-tacking Jib gear, custom traveler, blocks and single sheet, led aft
• Cabin top mounted, mid-boom mainsheet traveler system, led to cockpit • Fairleads, blocks and inboard tracks for reaching genoa and jib. • Dual Whitlock direct drag link steering systems, 34" wheels. • 2 Ritchie steering compasses, pedestal mounted; SS Emergency tiller. • SS Bow pulpit & stern rail with integral Radar arch & dinghy hoist bar. • 30" high lifeline stanchions, port and starboard lifeline gates. • Heavy Duty stainless steel bowsprit, dual anchor rollers. • Double deck pipe to divided chain locker below. • Muir electric anchor windlass with cockpit remote control. • Anchors 66 lb Spade S-140 55 lb delta G-16 Guardian stern anchor • Anchor rodes (1) 300' 3/8 G4 high test chain w/ 100’ 3/4” Megabraid nylon snubber (2) 50' 3/8 G4 chain with 250’ 3/4” Yale 8-strand Brait nylon rode • Anchor & deck wash down system with hose and nozzle. • Stainless steel welded grabrails on cabin top • Four 10" mooring cleats, two 10" spring-line cleats. • Folding cockpit table with S/S base • Jacklines with high strength padeyes on the side decks for crew safety
Rigging and Sails • Innovative Variable Geometry rig and self tacking jib provide nearly effortless sail handling on all points of sail. • Triple spreader Selden MDS aluminum mast, ICW friendly. • Selden Single Line Reef boom with internal reef lines. • Patented Selden MDS (Multi Directional Support) full batten cars ride internally for easy mainsail hoisting and reefing. • Selden Rodkicker vang with 16:1 block and tackle, controlled from cockpit. • Stainless steel 1x19 standing rigging, discontinuous. • Hasselfors of Sweden fittings and turnbuckles. • Internal halyards in low stretch T-900 (Spectra/ Technora w/Dacron cover) • Furlex roller furlers for Genoa and Jib with furling lines run to powered winches. • Main halyard and reefing lines led aft to cabin top winches (one electric). • Single line reefing for two reefs, led aft through rope clutches to cockpit. Third reef point rigged for storm sail. • Spinnaker track, halyard and hardware • 1 mast-mounted self tailing winch with rope clutches for halyards. • Sailtec hydraulic backstay adjuster • Full-batten Mainsail Quantum 2004 • Genoa 130% Quantum 2004 • self-tacking Jib Quantum 2004 • ATN gale sail storm jib 2004 (unused)
NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT & ELECTRONICS:
• Raymarine SmartPilot ST600R. An S3G computer including an internal gyro, a remote fluxgate compass and a type 2S 12 volt linear drive. An ST6001 at the starboard helm controls the SmartPilot. • Raymrine 4D 4kw, 48 mile range radar scanner • Raymarine Seatalk network MFDs: RL80C+ CRC (color radar chart plotter) at port helm RC530C+ CRC at navigation center
• Raymarine 300GPS w/ Bluetooth provides data for wireless chart plotting on a computer or iPad and provides a redundant failsafe • ShipModul MiniPlex-41BT NMEA-0183 multiplexer and Bluetooth transmitter • NASA AIS Engine AIS receiver w/ Bluetooth • ST60 tridata displays at each helm station, ST60 wind instruments at each helm and at nav center, ST60 Graphics display at the nav center • (2) Ritchie Navigator steering compasses • ICOM M502 VHF w/ cockpit remote • ICOM M802 SSB with AT-140 auto tuner • SSB radio ground plane (counterpoise) factory molded into hull (bonded copper straps and screen) • C.A.R.D. radar detection system • Poly-Planar MRD 60 stereo system CD/AM/FM with speakers below and in cockpit and remote cockpit controls
Lion Wings features a sophisticated and comprehensive electrical system. Multiple shore power inlets allow for connecting to AC power sources of differing standards while a custom DC power generation and distribution system provides long range self sufficiency. World cruising was the guiding criteria for the design. • Custom BEP panel with AC and DC magnetic breakers and AC and DC voltage meters and ammeters. • Interior lighting is provided by 30 recessed overheads on multiple dimmers and switches, 9 individual reading lights and 16 low glare footlights, 4 in the cockpit and 12 additional in the cabins. • Fans, five total, in the master stateroom, galley, main salon and aft stateroom, provide good circulation. • An entry switch turns on dedicated courtesy lights. • Navigation lights to COLREG specs; Masthead anchor light, emergency strobe, masthead tricolor, steaming light; halogen foredeck floodlight, cockpit spotlight. •AC power highlights: • (1) 120 volt, 30 amp AC shore power inlet • (1) 230 volt, 30 amp AC shore power inlet • Charles Marine isolation transformer • Double pole AC main circuit breakers at power inlets • (2) 55 amp power supplies provide a total of 110 amps shore power charging • (3) 50' shore power cords
• DC power highlights: • (8) Lifeline AGM 6 volt Batteries provide 880 amp hour capacity at 12 volts • (1) Lifeline AGM 12 volt battery for engine start • (1) dedicated electronics backup battery • BLUESEA main switch panel, emergency battery combiner and LED indicators • Ample Power V-3 smart alternator regulator • Ample Power Energy Monitor/Controller at the navigation center • Ample Power Genie 150 generates up to 150 amps of charging capacity. • (2) Prosine 1800 watt inverters • Mast, chainplates and rig are grounded to the keel for lightning protection • Profile electronic tank level monitoring system
ENGINE ROOM AND MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT:
• Westerbeke 82B (82HP@3000RPM), naturally aspirated diesel. • 160 amp High Output large case alternator with dual belts. • Self bleeding fuel system with electric fuel pump. * Racor 75/500 MAX fuel filters / water separators. • Tides marine shaft seal, 1 3/8" SS shaft with bronze strut. • Three blade Varifold folding prop • Reverso electric oil change system • Ample Power Genie 150 • Marine Air 16000 BTU A/C in salon and guest stateroom • Glacier Bay Arctic Air A/C dedicated to master stateroom • Spectra Catalina 300 watermaker, 300 GPD • Two 2000 GPH Electric bilge pumps with automatic float switches • (2) Whale gusher manual bilge pumps • 150 (approx.) gallons of fuel in two aluminum tanks
Plumbing • All through-hulls labeled & equipped with double hose clamps • Hot and cold pressure water system; ShurFlo Waterguard filter in galley. • Shower with automatic sump pumps in two self-contained sumps. • Hot and cold fresh water shower in transom • 11 gallon hot water heater, heat exchanger and shorepower. • Insinkerator InstantHot at galley sink • Manual fresh water pump at galley sink (tip-toe foot pump) • 150 gal water capacity (approx.) in 2 aluminum tanks, crossover manifold • Vacu-flush toilets discharge to 45 gallon holding tank or, with a "Y" valve and seacock, an electric macerator pump discharges overboard at sea. • HD manual emergency bilge pump mounted in cockpit • Second HD manual emergency bilge pump in aft stateroom
•Watertight bulkhead in bow
•Self draining life raft locker in transom •USCG approved propane tank storage locker for (2) 20 lb. tanks •Special safety locker for dinghy gasoline tank storage. •SS Emergency tiller •Switlik MOM 8 (man overboard module) •Viking RescYou pro™ 4 man life raft • ACR Global fix EPIRB