SAGA 409 bareboat monohull sailboat
The Caribbean bareboat charter monohull sailboat, the Saga 409, is the first of a new series of more stylish performance-oriented cruising boats. With a modern superstructure and interior design, the bareboat charter Saga 409 is intended to respond to contemporary desires of a more ergonomic and stylish feel and blend it with all the classic requirements of a seagoing sailing yacht.
Built by Saga Yachts and designed by Tony Castro, this charter bareboat monohull model is intended to be a good performing cruising boat. Thus, with room for two couples, or a family of four, this Saga 409 Caribbean bareboat monohull is the perfect vessel for a Caribbean yacht charter vacation.
According to designer Tony Castro, the design concept began by identifying the weights and designing a hull for a realistic displacement and performance in cruising mode and with good tankage and storage capacity.
The hull canoe body has quite a low prismatic coefficient, first to help light air speed , which cruising boats need most. The aft section is very straight for a very clean stern wave and it is moderately fine forward, with a slight V in the sections to reduce slamming. The stern sections are wide and provide additional form stability to reduce heeling.
The low VCG bulb keel helps enormously in achieving a very high righting moment which was considered essential for extended cruising with a angle of positive stability someway beyond 120 degrees. The fin is designed with a modern low Reynolds’s number airfoil section for extra low drag at typical boats speeds. A large built-in keel sump below the canoe body will collect bilge water. The rudder is a deep high aspect ratio with a normal NACA section with modified trailing and leading edge to provide light feel and yet good effective control.
The very high ballast ratio will give the boat plenty of stability, far more than usual, and will make it a enjoyable and comfortable boat to sail.
The sail plan is of generous proportions, with a high aspect ratio platform. A 3-Spreader Selden rig supporting a non-overlapping jib was chosen for its simplicity, long-lasting and to use as soon as the wind gets up. In the foremost furling forestay, there is a light air sail, with large overlap for light winds and reaching. For downwind, an asymmetric can be tacked on the bow. The storm jib has its own removable stay that can be set behind the jib.
The deck layout is as simple as possible with the majority of the controls brought back to the cockpit. A winch was left by the mast for some cruising essential maneuvers and ease of use. The twin steering wheels with controls available to hand and large sailing instruments for better viewing will make it very nice to sail. Twin wheels provide good visibility and allow a clean passage along the center of the boat to the transom. The cockpit seats are long enough to sleep in, are very comfortable, and are deep enough for protected seating. Care was taken to design the bimini and dodger to be well-integrated with the deck design, which is so important when you are cruising.
The interior follows an established layout, prioritizing the owner’s cabin but having a good sized guest cabin aft as well, all with above-average headroom. The styling is more modern that usually seen on barefoot yacht charter sailing boats but respects all typical sea-going needs – good storage and ergonomically friendly, and with lots of wood.
The galley is huge – refrigerator/freezer, large cooker, etc. The saloon is also very spacious and features a table that folds out of the way to create a feeling of spaciousness and comfort.
This barefoot charter yacht demonstrates the builder’s commitment to safety and strength. Safety by having boats with adequate stability and a seamanlike layout. Strength of Saga Yachts continues to make them well-built to last. Quality and comfort must not be compromised for speed.
Tony Castro’s aim was above all to design a sound yacht that sails well, in combination with new ideas and design solutions to go hand in hand with the builder’s expertise.
The Saga 409 bareboat monohull sailboat is available for charter in Tortola, BVI (British Virgin Islands, Caribbean).