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Arctic Raven
Saga 48 Pilothouse/Raised Salon
$299,000 USD
48ft 0in

Arctic Raven was designed by Robert Perry and launched in 2004 by SAGA Marine in St Catherines, Ontario, Canada. She was awarded Cruising World’s “Best Full-sized Cruiser” that year. She continues to thrive and impress today, receiving major refits from 2019-2022.

Designed to be sailed shorthanded, both above-deck and below-deck spaces provide for luxurious, comfortable, and easily navigated movement. Power winches for sail management, dual helms, and the space to move in the cockpit make sailing a dream. The headroom and light below are unique, making it a pleasure to be below. The raised interior navigation position makes the rainy northwest days of cruising, warm and dry. The forward cabin sports a king-sized berth, lots of storage and its own head. The galley is perfectly efficient with both a refrigerator and freezer and four-burner Force-10 range.

This is an opportunity to take advantage of a desire by the live-aboard owner to upgrade the primary components and prolong the life of the boat for years to come. Highlights of the refit are:


  • Rebuilt top end of the Westerbeke 82B, including head, exhaust manifold and injectors
  • Replaced exhaust hose
  • Complete most tasks raised in purchasing survey and moved to CSR Marine in Seattle


  • Painted the mast, specs available
  • Replaced rod and running rigging on the mast
  • Replaced Tides Strongtrack and luff slides
  • Rebuilt both headsail furlers
  • Inspected and repaired main, jib and genoa sails by Ballard Sails
  • Rebuilt hydraulic vang and backstay cylinders
  • Upgraded masthead lighting to LED
  • Re-bedded deck grab bars and head vent scoop on port cabin top
  • R & R keel and inspected bolts, faired keel into hull upon replacement
  • New boot stripe and naming
  • Replaced water pressure pump and hot water tank
  • Replaced aft head sump pump and box
  • Replaced Muir anchor windlass and install cockpit remote


  • Replaced main salon Lewmar hatch
  • New B&G Zeus3S chart plotter and Halo 20 radar. Installed NMEA 2000 backbone to Raymarine and Seatalk Electronics.
  • New Amec AIS SOTDMA Class B transponder
  • New raw water pump on Westerbeke
  • Replaced exhaust elbow on Westerbeke
  • New fuel solenoid on Westerbeke
  • Cleaned and scrubbed diesel tanks and repaired leak in starboard tank
  • New black bottom paint; 2 coats Amercoat 214
  • Replace deck safety lines


  • New carbon rudder and bearings. Custom rudder to Perry’s original design by Waterat of Santa Cruz, California. New Jefa self-aligning bottom and top bearings.
  • Rebuilt aft head (top end)
Name of vessel Arctic Raven
Model Saga 48 Pilothouse/Raised Salon
Year 2003
Builder Saga Marine
Designer Robert H. Perry
Price $299,000 USD
Location La Conner, WA
Length (feet) 48
Beam (feet) 13
Draft (feet) 6
Displacement (pounds) 36000
Ballast (pounds) 10000
Engine model Westerbeke 82B
Engine horsepower 82
Engine hours 2955
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 150
Water tank capacity (gallons) 180
Holding tank capacity (gallons) 40


Access to the interior is relatively easy over a 6” high threshold. The companionway is closed with two hinged/removable smoke acrylic doors and a fiberglass sliding hatch. A set of washboards and canvas cover with screen allow other closure options suitable to the conditions. Washboards store in a dedicated cockpit locker box. From the cockpit, a companionway ladder with three curved cherry steps leads to the raised salon. Handrails on the overhead and sides help this transition. Thanks to the large side and forward windows and tall cabin, the raised salon is bright and inviting.

The interior is crafted from steamed American Cherry and finished in satin varnish. Quality materials, thoughtful design details, and skilled workmanship are immediately apparent. Trimwork is mitered and bent to eliminate sharp corners. Cabin and locker doors are solid wood and paneled. Latches are positive push button style with interior metals having a bronze/brass finish. Hull sides are covered with white ash staving. Countertops are dark blue quartz with gray flecks. The cabin sole is teak and holly plywood and fully removable to access bilge spaces. Overhead spotlights are controlled by wall switches and reading lights are well placed. Blue courtesy lights illuminate the cabin sole at night. All overhead hatches are fitted with Oceanaire skyscreens. The salon overhead has white panels secured with cherry battens, screwed in place for easy access.

Starting forward is the master stateroom. Entrance is through a locking privacy door in the main bulkhead. Headroom measures 6’ 6”. The centerline berth measures 6’ 5” long by 7’ 2” aft and 4’ 1” forward. A HMC custom split 6” thick sprung mattress has a 3” thick foam topper. Bin storage and four drawers are below the berth. Eight cabinets are outboard below the deck edge. Aft, to starboard is a 22” wide by 47” tall cedar-lined hanging locker, three drawers, open counter, and mirror faced-cabinet with shelves. A narrow cabinet with selves is secured to the aft bulkhead on centerline. Six overhead spotlights, a cabin fan, air conditioning unit, heater outlet, three 110 V outlets, stereo speakers, overhead hatch, opening port, and two reading lights complete this comfortable stateroom.

An ensuite owner’s head/shower is entered through a door to port/aft in the stateroom. Both head compartments are built from molded fiberglass with white gelcoat finish; easy to clean, bright, and water resistant. Cherry trim and quartz counters provide a nice level of functional elegance. Headroom measures 6’ 5”. A Vacuflush head is forward and a 14” x 9” x 6” deep oval, stainless steel sink is outboard and mounted below a quartz countertop. Medicine cabinets with sliding mirrored doors are above the countertop. A wood trimmed 13” x 16” mirror is on the aft bulkhead. The sink faucet is a Borma single lever with chrome finish. An opening port, two 110V outlets, and two spotlights finish this space.

Aft of the head through a sliding white opaque door is a shared stall shower. A Borma mixer valve, spray nozzle, hose, nozzle bar, outboard seat, towel bar, two acrylic shelves, overhead hatch, cowl vent, overboard drain pump, and spot light make this shower suitable for use in port or underway.

The guest head is entered through a locking privacy door in the lower salon/workshop area. A Vacuflush head is outboard. Storage cabinets are further outboard below the deck edge. A vanity with sink, quartz counter, and storage below are along the aft bulkhead. An 18” x 16” wood framed mirror on the aft bulkhead is angled for tall shavers. The overhead is opaque/translucent acrylic, allowing light from the forward-facing salon windows to illuminate this space during the day. An opening port, 110V outlet, overhead bar light above the mirror, and grab rail complete this space.

Forward of the raised salon, along the starboard side, is a workshop/storage area. A 68” long x 24” wide countertop/bench is fitted with a 2” high fiddle. Outboard/forward are open bins. Aft is the electrical switch/breaker panel. Below the counter, all the way aft is a washer/dryer. Twelve drawers with dividers hold an array of tools, spare parts, and consumables. Headroom measures 6’ 6”. A hanging rod runs full length above the workbench. Two overhead spotlights, a task light, cowl vent, overhead hatch, and 110V outlets finish this area.

  • Pinnacle 17-2015 110V 60 hz high efficiency washer/dryer

From the lower/forward level, one steps up nine inches to the raised salon. Headroom in this area measures an impressive 6’ 9”. A U-shaped, 7’ 3” long by 4’ wide dinette is to port. Cushions sculpted for comfort and covered with off white Ultraleather. The dining table has two leaves and measures 51” long by 28” wide with both leaves deployed. Fiddles on pins can be used with or without the leaves. The table is an adjustable single pedestal. Above and outboard of the dinette are three double door cabinets. Additional bin storage is outboard of the seat backs and below the seats. Two cabin fans, two swing arm shade lamps, 110V duplex outlet, two cowl vents, ten overhead spot lights, and an opening hatch complete this dining area.

  • 27” LG flat screen TV
  • Lee cloth for salon settee

The inside pilot station is forward and to starboard in the salon and raised up 12” above the cabin sole. A 40” wide bench seat with 12” high back and flip up footrest allows forward visibility through the slanted forward pilothouse windows. A 38” wide by 19” chart table has a hinge top 3” deep chart drawer. A low-profile console with navigation/communication electronics is forward. An engine control is outboard. An array of drawers, bins, and lockers is below the seat and chart table. A cabin fan, 110v and 12V outlets are fitted to this pilot/navigation area.

The large galley is immediately to starboard of the companionway with ample light and space to keep the ship’s cook well connected with socializing in the cockpit or dinette. Two inch high fiddles surround the quartz counter. Starting forward, there are double stainless-steel sinks measuring 13” x 13” x 8” deep. A hinge-out trash bin is below the sink and a white plastic cutting board covers one sink. A Bormo single lever gooseneck chrome faucet serves both sinks. The gimballed stove/oven is outboard where a stainless-steel safety bar is fitted for safety. A top opening freezer and front/top opening fridge are aft. Above counter cabinets, drawers, and below counter cabinets will store galleyware and food. Toe kicks around the galley cabinets are a good example of the design detail found on Arctic Raven. Under cabinet lights, overhead spotlights, cabin fan, opening ports, overhead hatch, and 110V outlets are fitted in this galley.

  • Seagull water filtration system at port galley sink
  • Danby microwave oven
  • Force Ten four burner stove with oven and broiler
  • Whale freshwater foot pump
  • Whale saltwater pump with valve for fridge/freezer drain pumping
  • 9 cubic foot top loading freezer
  • 6 cubic foot front/top loading fridge
  • BEP cooking gas sensor/control (new 2021)
  • 20lb & 10lb aluminum propane tanks
  • (2) Frigoboat K50F refrigeration coolers with keel coolers (freezer evaporator new in 2020)
  • ECM freezer and refrigerator controls

The aft stateroom is to port of the companionway and entered through a paneled privacy door. Headroom measures 6’ 7”. The berth is aft and measures 6’ 8” long by 53” wide. A 5” thick divided mattress is covered with blue upholstery. A removable forward section and screwed in panel provide access to the engine’s port side. Storage bins and batteries are below the berth. Hull sides are covered with white ash staving. A 20” wide by 50” tall cedar-lined hanging locker is forward. A bank of three four drawers and storage shelf are aft of the hanging locker. A cabin fan, two reading lights, two spot lights, 110V duplex outlet, two opening ports, and an overhead hatch finish this stateroom.



  • B&G Halo 20 radar antenna on stern arch (2021)
  • Masthead VHF antenna

At Cockpit Helms:

  • B&B Zeus 3S multifunction display at port helm (new in 2021)
  • (2) Ritchie 4” Powerdamp steering compasses
  • (2) Raymarine ST290 graphic displays
  • (2) Raymarine ST290 wind displays
  • Raymarine E80 radar chartplotter- starboard helm
  • Polyplaner stereo remote control – starboard helm
  • Raymarine ST290 autopilot keypad – starboard helm
  • Raymarine ST6002 autopilot control – port helm
  • Lewmar Integra Mamba autopilot drive
  • (2) 6” Exterior stereo speakers in cockpit

At inside pilot station:

  • AMEC WideLink B600 AIS Class B Transponder (SOTDMA)
  • Raymarine ST8002 autopilot control
  • Raymarine E80 chart plotter
  • Raymarine ST290 graphic display
  • Icom M802 SSB radio with AT-140 antenna tuner (no antenna)
  • Icom M602 VHF radio
  • Flex arm chart light
  • Icom M1V handheld VHF radio
  • Sony DSX-MS60 stereo with speakers in master stateroom, salon, cockpit, and aft cabin



  • Prosafe FS60 Galvanic failsafe shore power isolator
  • (2) 110V 30 amp shore power inlets and 50’ cord sets
  • Marinco 50 amp to (2) 30 amp “Y” connector
  • (2) Optima SC34M engine start batteries
  • (8) 12V house batteries totaling 860 12V amp hours (2012)
  • (1) 12v electronics battery
  • 200 amp 12V engine alternator with dual belts
  • Balmar ARS-5 alternator regulator
  • Xantrex SW 3000 inverter/charger with remote control panel
  • BEP 12V and 120V switch/breaker panels with digital DC volts and amps, and 120V AC volts, amps, and frequency metering
  • Xantrex Linkpro 12V DC house battery monitor
  • Waterproof toggle switches at port helm for: cockpit light, blower, compass light, windlass light, and foot lights
  • 12V outlet at port helm
  • Lightning ground system and bonding system



Arctic Raven has a reliable and efficient Westerbeke diesel engine. Engine access is below the companionway stairs, through doors in the cockpit locker and a removable panel in the port aft stateroom. Soundown lead/foam insulations reduce engine noise. Dome lights, dripless shaft seal and other features are appreciated by those doing maintenance. Engine exhaust hoses were replaced in 2019.

  • Westerbeke 82B 82 hp diesel engine (2955 hours)
  • ZF Hurth model ZF25 A – 2.7 transmission
  • (2) ZF Microcommander electric shift/throttle units at port cockpit helm and inside pilot station
  • Centek composite muffler
  • 1-1/2” prop shaft
  • PSS shaft seal
  • Three blade feathering Maxprop
  • Westerbeke engine panel at port helm with tachometer, hour meter, oil pressure, coolant temperature, and volts
  • Emergency engine stop button at inside pilot station
  • Main and starboard fuel tank level gages
  • Dual Racor 500FG fuel filters with vacuum gage
  • HFC 227 automatic fire extinguisher in engine space
  • (2) aluminum propane tanks with Cavagna 924N auto changeover regulator
  • 33” Leather-covered dual spoke steering wheels
  • Whitock/Lewmar geared and shaft mechanical steering system
  • Waterat (Larry Tuttle/Santa Cruz, CA) carbon fiber spade rudder (new 2022) with new Jefa bearings
  • Hurricane hydronic diesel heating system (2525 hours) with thermostats and fan speed controllers in each cabin
  • Racor R15S filter for Hurricane heater
  • Cruisair 16K btu air conditioning in forward stateroom (new control board in 2021 but currently non functional – needs new compressor)
  • Isotemp 40 liter 750 watt water heater (new 2021) – 110V, engine, diesel heater
  • Parmax Plus Model 82600-0092 water pressure pump with accumulator tank (new 2021)
  • Shurflo 12V salt water washdown pump
  • Rule 3700 high-capacity bilge pump
  • Rule 2000 high capacity bilge pump
  • Rule high bilge level alarm
  • Whale foot salt and freshwater foot pumps in galley
  • 40 gallon PVC holding tank and 12V macerator overboard discharge pump(new overboard macerator in 2021)



Arctic Raven’s hull is finished in white gel-coat with narrow blue cove stripe and blue and black boot stripes. The bottom paint is black. The bow is nearly plumb and fine for optimizing waterline length and cutting through rough seas. A bowsprit fabricated from 2 3/8” stainless steel pipe extends the genoa forward. Anchor rollers allow for deployment of two anchors, well forward and clear of the hull. Beam is carried well aft to the reverse transom. There is a slight knuckle at the swim platform level 18” above the waterline. A removable washboard and flip-up coaming section allow “walk-through” into the cockpit, making transition from dinghy to cabin easy between the twin wheels. A hot/cold freshwater shower, swim ladder with grab rail, and foot lights enhance this great cruising stern. A recessed locker in the port transom is long enough to hold a life raft. It currently holds the outboard engine’s gas tank and other gear.

Decks and cabin top are white gelcoat with contrasting light beige molded-in non-skid. The 26” high cabin has large, fixed side and forward windows providing light and visibility in the raised salon. Forward of the mast, the coachroof is 13” high. Stainless steel grab rails are fitted on each side of the cabin top. Numerous overhead hatches and opening ports provide lots of natural light and ventilation—all of which are fitted with screen and shade hardware. Side decks are wide, secure and easy to navigate from cockpit to bow with good handholds. The bow pulpit with double 1” diameter railing extends well aft for security. Thirty one inch high wire double lifelines run from bow to boarding gates on each side. Side boarding gates, fitted with snap hooks, are located on each side even with the forward end of the cockpit. Railings run aft from this boarding gate to the stern pushpit and their solid grasp is greatly appreciated by crew entering and exiting the cockpit. A 2” high aluminum toe rail with oval holes is bolted on 4” centers above the inward turning flange hull to deck joint. This toe rail section protrudes outboard sufficiently to act as a hull side rub rail.

The cockpit nicely balances the rigors of offshore passage making (security and function) with the comfort and space desired when anchored. Tooling and design details will be appreciated by racing and cruising sailors alike. A light gray canvas dodger is forward and matching bimini is aft over the helms. A connector panel and full enclosure allow a multitude of shelter options to suit the season or region. Fourteen inch high stepped side coamings extend aft from the cabin around the quarters and are fitted with line storage bins outboard. Cockpit seats measure 6’ 1” long by 20” wide with 15” high well-angled backs. Dual helms are aft, each with a 34” x 16” seat and slightly raised/sloped platforms. The walk-through transom is 25” wide and closed with a washboard and flip-over coaming when offshore. A dual leaf, centerline cockpit table is securely mounted on stainless steel pipe. White plastic leaves hinge up and measure 44” x 31” table, ideal for four diners.

Deck accessible storage is frequently overlooked on boats designed to display and sell at boat shows. The Saga 48 is meant to cruise and has all the storage space you’ll need. A large climb-into bow locker runs between the stem and watertight bulkhead. Access is through a 20” x 20” Lewmar deck hatch. A shelf located 24” below the deck divides this space with storage bins in the aft corners and two tall anchor bins (good chain hang to prevent castling) below the floor. A 17” x 31” gasketed and guttered hatch (held open by gas strut) below the starboard cockpit seat opens into the massive stern locker. Space for machinery, systems, and storage occupies the entire volume below the cockpit and outboard of the cockpit to starboard. Access to steering, engine, pumps, and other equipment is excellent while leaving space to store cruising toys and gear. A bar for hanging lines, dome lights, 110V outlets, and fiberglass grating serve this huge space. A propane locker with two large bottles is below the starboard helm seat and divided storage bins are below the port helm seat.

Arctic Raven’s stern arch is fabricated from 2-3/8 stainless-steel pipe and well designed to meet the needs of long-distance cruising sailors. Radar and other antennas are mounted atop this arch while still leaving ample space for mounting future solar panels or wind generator. A hinged spreader bow with block and lifting tackle led to an electric winch can hoist and stow the tender. White plastic seats are fitted on each quarter.

  • Stainless steel Delta primary anchor with 300’ of G4 galvanized chain
  • Anchor chain stopper forward of windlass
  • Muir 1200 watt 12V vertical capstan anchor windlass with up/down foot switches on bow and wired remote control at helm (new in 2021)
  • Secondary anchor rode with line and chain
  • Newfound Metals washdown hose deck fitting on bow with coil hose and nozzle
  • Seadog stainless steel chain hook with anchor snubber bridle
  • (6) 12” long stainless-steel mooring cleats
  • (6) Stainless-steel open mooring chocks
  • Telescoping stainless steel fold-over swim ladder on swim platform
  • Edson outboard storage mount on stern rail
  • Lifesling Man Overboard retrieval system stored in white plastic case on port quarter rail
  • New uncoated wire double lifelines in 2022
  • (4) 4” Diameter stainless steel cowl with guards and mushroom closures
  • (3) 18” x 13” Lewmar deck hatches
  • 20” x 20” Lewmar deck hatch
  • 18” x 18” Lewmar deck hatch
  • 14” x 8” Lewmar deck hatch
  • (2) 15” x 8” Lewmar opening ports between cockpit and galley & port aft stateroom
  • (6) 14” x 4” Lewmar opening cabin side ports
  • 23” x 5” opening port from cockpit to port aft stateroom
  • 15” x 20” Lewmar hatch under port cockpit settee to port aft stateroom
  • Black mesh covers for large salon fixed windows
  • (6) Polyform HTM-3 cylindrical fenders
  • (2) Polyform A-2 round fenders
  • Danfender fender step
  • Webbing jacklines
  • (4) Drink holders recessed into cockpit coaming
  • Mastercraft Titan 280AL inflatable aluminum RIB (2009)
  • Mercury 9.9 hp 4 stroke outboard engine



The SAGA 48 would fall easily into the performance cruiser category with its powerful rig and efficient hull form. Electric winches, mainsail sailbag/cradle, dual headsails on furlers, and all lines led aft to the cockpit will allow a mature cruising couple to safely handle this boat in varied conditions.  The mast is keel stepped and spreaders are swept aft for rig stability. A self-tacking solent jib is fitted to the stemhead furler and a large genoa is bent on the bow-sprit mounted furler. The keel-stepped, triple spreader mast is tapered at the top to reduce weight aloft. Continuous rod rigging also reduces weight and windage.

Arctic Raven is fitted with oversized Harken hardware and winches. The mast was pulled and repainted in 2019 at CSR Marine in Seattle. A Tides Marine Strongtrack was added for the mainsail luff and new sheeves fitted for halyards. The Doyle cradle cover mainsail bag, lazy jacks, and single line reefing allow mainsail management from the cockpit. Standing rigging was replaced at this time, and jib furlers serviced. Most running rigging is low-stretch high strength line with recent replacement.

  • White LPU painted aluminum, keel stepped, tapered top mast with three sets of swept back spreaders
  • Sailtec hydraulic vang and backstay (rebuilt 2020) with cockpit control panel
  • Rod rigging replaced in 2019
  • Doyle full-batten mainsail with three reef points (2008)
  • Doyle solent jib (2010)
  • UK 130” radial-cut genoa (2016)
  • Sail repair kit including sail cloth, sale tape, needles, awl, and twine
  • LED foredeck, steaming, and masthead tricolor lights
  • Masthead Windex wind direction indicator
  • Spinnaker pole topping lift
  • Spinnaker pole with track on mast allowing pole storage on mast
  • Spinnaker halyard
  • (2) Harken MKIII furlers with control lines led aft to cockpit
  • Self-tacking solent jib with curved Harken track just forward of mast
  • (2) signal halyards to 1st spreader
  • (2) Harken 40ST winches on mast
  • (4) Spinlock stoppers on mast for halyards
  • Canvas storage bag under boom for jib halyard tails
  • Doyle Cradle Cover lazy bag and spectra lazy jacks (new 2019)
  • Tides Marine Strongtrack low-friction plastic mainsail luff slide track on mast
  • Harken 5:1 mainsheet 75mm air blocks
  • Harken 4:1 Big Boat series mainsheet traveler
  • (3) Single line mainsail reef lines led to cockpit
  • Sailtec hydraulic vang, backstay, and cockpit control panel
  • 92” Long 1-1/4” T tracks for Genoa lead cars located just outboard of cabin
  • 3:1 Harken pullers for genoa lead cars
  • (8) Spinlock stoppers on cabintop just forward of winches
  • Harken ST40 winch on starboard cabintop
  • Harken STE46 electric winch on port cabintop
  • (2) Harken STE53 electric primary sheet winches on cockpit coaming
  • (2) Harken STE40 secondary winches on cockpit coaming

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