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2007 Saga 409

Belvedere/Tiburon, California

BLACK SWAN, with its plum bow, and sleek sheer line is an impressive, professionally-maintained yacht. Built by its original owner in 2007, custom outfitted and commissioned in 2009 by a professional yacht manager, this semi-custom composite hull is truly one of one. 

Saga Yachts developed the 409 in 2004 with legendary naval architect Tony Castro, one of the world's foremost custom yacht designers. Their intention was to create a sportier, light weight coastal cruiser. This was a departure from the long line of blue water passage making yachts which Saga is best known.

To achieve higher performance Saga implemented light-weight composite materials with a revolutionary kevlar, balsa & resin-infusion building technique. A shallow wing keel and long waterline keeps displacement low and fast. For added weight savings the owner outfitted the vessel as bare as needed for day cruising. Instead of a generator, many of the ship's systems are 12V DC with a robust charging system and large 880Ah battery bank. Replacing the massive standard-option steel tubular radar arch for custom bow & stern pulpits also provided significant weight savings. The result is a 409 which can sail upwind at 9kts moderate breeze flying the main and furling headsail. When your day is done, simply motor into the harbor and drop the fully battened main into the slick and easy Stackpak. 

Topsides and cabin top receive routine buff & wax. Monthly dive service and routine wash down. Owner hauls for bottom paint bi-annually. Yanmar serviced annually by local certified mechanic. Original commissioning docs, receipts and current service records furnished upon request.

2019 Upgrades Include:

  • Fresh Bottom Paint
  • Replaced Top & Bottom Rudder Post Bearings
  • New Sunbrella Cockpit Dodger
  • Jib Halyard Replaced
  • New House and Start AGM Batteries (9 replaced)
  • New Battery Charger and A/C
  • Buff & Wax of topsides
  • Full Engine Service

Basic Boat Info

Price: $249,500
Make: Saga
Model: 409
Year: 2007
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Westerly Marine
Designer: Tony Castro
Construction: Composite
Boat Hull ID: QYG40015K707
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Winged Keel


Length: 41 ft
Length Overall: 43'9 ft
Waterline Length: 36 ft
Beam: 12'6 ft
Max Draft: 5'11 ft
Displacement: 18,500 lb
Cabin Headroom: 6'4 ft
Ballast: 7,300 lb
Electrical Circuit: 110 V
Single Berths: 4
Cabins Count: 2

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Yanmar
  • Model: 4JH4E
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 56hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade
  • Year: 2008
  • Engine Hours: 285
  • Engine Location: Center


Fuel Tanks: 74
Fuel Tank Capacity:
Water Tanks: 110
Water Tank Capacity:
Holding Tank Count: 30
Holding Tank Capacity:


Heads Count: 1
Drive Type: Direct
Windlass Type: Electric
Stock Number: 15
Boat Class: Cruisers, Sloop


Nick Deuyour
City Yachts


City Yachts
City Yachts 10 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, California, US, 94123

Hull Construction
  • Lloyd's Certified Martinply woven Kevlar hull material vacuum infused with vinylester resin cored with Baltek balsa wood and ISO-NPG gelcoat.
  • Deck through bolted on 4" centers
  • External Cast Antimony Wing Keel with custom reinforced ladder stringer structure made from composite materials bonded to the inside of the hull.
  • Carbon Fiber Rudder and Rudder post
  • SSB ground molded to hull   
Cockpit & Deck
  • Low Maintenance Deck, ie. no exterior teak
  • Two-tone deck with Non-skid
  • SS bow and stern pulpits
  • Muir 1250 Electric anchor windlass with remote and chain counter
  • 44lb. Delta style primary anchor with 100ft of chain & 200ft of 5/8in. nylon rode 
  • 21lb. Danforth style secondary anchor with 200ft 1/2in. rode
  • 30" SS double Lifelines with P&S gates
  • 4 x retractable mooring deck cleats, 4 x stationary bow and stern cleats
  • Webbed Jack lines p&s with tethers
  • 6 x Padeyes in cockpit and on deck
  • Dual Edson Diamond aluminum leather-wrapped helm wheels
  • Ritchie Compass
  • Removable cockpit table
  • Stern platform with hot/cold shower and retractable swim ladder
  • 2 x Nicro Solar deck ventilators
  • 8 x Offshore hatch ports with screens and shades
  • Opening ports in cockpit footwell
  • Emergency tiller





Large overhead deck salon windows flood interior space with light. Cherry wood thick laminate veneer throughout entire interior. Teak & holly cabin sole with satin finish. Two settee berths wrapped in cream ultra-leather upholstery. Drop hidden wall cabinet salon table with bar  storage behind. Large flat panel TV/DVD with stereo speakers. Hella turbo fans throughout. Searails storage in raceway behind settees. Water tanks and storage beneath. Lockers and bookshelves outboard. Overhead grab rails and LED lighting throughout.



V-berth two large large drawers beneath and storage under mattress. Chart storage/vanity to starboard. Overhead shelving P&S, His and hers cedar-lined hanging lockers. One overhead ventilation hatch with screen and shade. 



Seamless head/stall shower unit. En-suite access from owner's cabin. Separate stall shower door and enclosure made from thick acrylic glass. Corian counter top for vanity and sink with mirrored wall. Vacuflush electric head with macerator and overboard discharge for offshore use.



Large queen-sized quarter berth access to starboard. 4" foam berth cushion mattress, cedar-lined hanging locker. One overhead ventilation port with screen and shade.



Corian counter tops, Technautics CoolBlue 12V dual-compressor front loading fridge & top loading deep freezer. Gimballed Force 10 propane stove with gas detector, stainless steel microwave oven. Double stainless steel sink with stainless single-lever faucet plumbed to Seagull IV water purification system. Cabinet storage throughout.

Navigation & Electronics
  • Garmin Map 4000 GPS/Chart plotter at helm station
  • Simrad 2630 Auto Pilot 
  • Simrad WR AP28 wireless remote
  • B&G H1000 instrument system with 4 x IS 12 multi-function displays
  • Icom IC-504 VHF with remote control mic at helm
  • ACR Copas/Sarsat EPIRB
  • Sony Flatscreen TV
  • JVC Stereo CD/Radio/MP3/DVD
  • 2 x Polk Audio speakers Interior, 2 x Infinity cockpit speakers
  • 125A Amptech heavy duty alternator
  • Victron MultiPlus 3000 Inverter/Charger w/digital controller
  • 9 NEW  MAY 2019 AGM batteries Start and House 880AH Capacity
  • New May 2019 Shore power monitor 
  • Automatic electric bilge pump
  • Dual 110V Shore power receptacles 
  • BEP Marine 12V/110V breaker panel
  • Electric tank level monitoring system
  • 110VAC & 12V outlets throughout
  • Remote switch panel at helm
  • Halogen foredeck floodlight
  • Halogen reading lights
  • LED masthead tri-color anchor light
  • LED boom lights
  • LED running lights
  • LED overhead lights with IMTRA dimmers
  • LED footwell lights
  • Vacuflush electric head
  • Tankwatch monitoring system
  • Electric macerator pump w/overboard discharge for offshore use
  • Standing Plexi-glass stall shower
  • Automatic shower sump
  • Hot & cold water pressure
  • 11gal. Lasko ceramic electric/engine hot water heater
  • Seagull IV water purifier at galley sink
  • Smartvalve electric seacock monitoring system
  • (2) Emergency bilge pumps
  • Whale transfer pump for fridge/saltwater
  • Freshwater deck wash down pumps fore and aft
Engine & Propulsion
  • Yanmar 4JH4E 56hp diesel w/Morse SL3 engine controls
  • PSS Dripless shaft seal
  • Racor 500GF fuel filter
  • 200R secondary fuel filter w/water seperator
  • Oil Change Pump
  • 19x12  3-bladed fixed pitch prop
Spars & Rigging
  • Keel-stepped Selden anodized aluminum Mast & Boom 
  • Triple spreader rig, 1/19 SS standing rigging
  • Electric halyard/mainsheet winch
  • Selden Battcar mainsail system 
  • Harken roller furler system
  • Selden mechanical rod vang, 16:1
  • Hydraulic backstay adjuster
  • (1) Harken Electric Cabin top Main Winch
  • (2) Harken 46.2TC two speed self-tailing primary winches
  • (1) Harken 40.2 manual cabin top winch
  • (2) quadruple Spinlock rope clutches
  • Adjustable jib sheet tracks and block
Sails & Canvas
  • Quantum Spectra full batten mainsail
  • Quantum Stack-Pak main cover/sail bag with Lazy Jacks
  • UK Dacron roller furling headsail 
  • Quantum Code Zero with removable furling system and Harken furler
  • Sunbrella Dodger
  • Cockpit seating cushions
  • Lifesling in hard case
SAGA Yachts

Saga Yachts was founded in Toronto, Ontario and was the creator and builder of a long line of medium displacement cruisers, including the Saga 48, Saga 43 and Saga 35, most of which are actively cruising worldwide. 

In 2006, due to production capacity limitations and adverse exchange rates, Saga moved its production to the Pacific Seacraft factory in Orange County, California. Saga subsequently acquired Pacific Seacraft, an award-winning production sailboat manufacturer, and quickly experienced a cash flow crisis when sales turned down, forcing it into a Chapter 7 liquidation. All the boats then in production had been commissioned by private owners, and their owners successfully petitioned the court to release their boats from the bankruptcy proceedings. 

Saga 409 

The design of the 409 model was a departure for Saga, in that it was designed as a fast, light displacement coastal cruiser, rather than as a blue water passage maker. Tony Castro, one of the world's foremost custom yacht designers, was commissioned to design its lines and interior, and his specifications gave the boat a powerful sail plan balanced by a wing keel for stiffness. Its performance did not disappoint, exhibiting upwind speeds in excess of 9 knots in a moderate breeze, with apparent wind angles of 30 degrees and less. The helm balance is excellent. id=7913 11/boatreview/5130-1.html 

409 Hull number 15 

There were only 15 Saga 409s commissioned, with hull number 15 being the next to last (there was no number 13). It was commissioned by the current owner and the keel was laid in late 2006. The hull, deck and rough interior carpentry were completed at Pacific Seacraft in 2007 to 2008, before Saga Yachts' bankruptcy. After the hull was released from the bankruptcy proceedings, it was relocated to Westerly Marine in Santa Ana, California for build-out and completion. 

Westerly Marine 

Westerly Marine is a builder of high-performance, custom racing and cruising boats, perhaps best known for Roy Disney's various incarnations of Pyewacket, as well as the USA 49 and USA 61 America's Cup yachts. Saga 409 number 15 was built-out at Westerly just after the completion of the last Pyewacket design. The owner of Saga 409/15 engaged Ashley Perrin as Project Manager to oversee the completion, fitting out, and commissioning of the yacht. Black Swan left the Westerly yard in January, 2009, at a then cost-to-date of $650,000 and was subsequently appraised for loan purposes by Wedlock, Ramsey & Whiting in September, 2011 at $750,000 replacement cost, and $650,000 market value. 

Keel Re-fit

The Saga 409 has a 5'11" fin keel on which is mounted a massive, wing-shaped ballast bulb, with the entire keel assembly weighing in at 7,300 lbs. (43% ballast ratio, based on estimated 17,500 lbs. displacement). Because of the long lever arm the bulb has, the mounting points for the keel receive tremendous stresses, especially in beating conditions. The keel was attached to a sump that was unreinforced, except for a Fiberglass "ladder" structure that is bonded to the inside of the hull. Because of the forces exerted by the keel, the bilge tends to develop cracks where the hull turns into the keel sump. This issue is present on all Saga 409s, and most have addressed it, although each in a different way. For Black Swan, the owner decided that only the best would do, so naval architect Jim Antrim was hired to reengineer the keel mounting structure. 


Jim Antrim 

  • Jim Antrim is a well-known Bay Area naval architect and engineer. After apprenticing with Dick Carter, Britton Chance and Gary Mull, he has designed record-breaking custom multihull and monohull sailboats, production boats, and wing-sail assisted motor-catamarans. Jim's expertise in composite engineering has resulted in the development of several computer programs used in laminate engineering analysis and his engineering consulting services are sought after by leading naval architecture firms. His recommendation was to design, engineer, fabricate and install a series of foam-cored carbon fiber floors, running transversely across the bilge, to provide a solid mounting point for the keel. The work was performed at KKMI Sausalito over the period July 2013 to July 2014, at a cost of $150,000.



  • KKMI is the preeminent yacht service yard in the Bay Area, and dealer for Swan Yachts. Ken Keefe, its partner and head of Sausalito operations, took personal charge of the Black Swan keel project, coordinating with Jim Antrim at every stage in the process. The strengthening involved removing and rebuilding a major part of the interior, redoing some plumbing and wiring, and otherwise sparing no expense over a the twelve-month period to ensure that Black Swan would be Swan Yachts quality.


Custom Arch/Traveler

The 409 design incorporates a Fiberglass arch over the companionway that provide a mounting place for a dodger as well as an anchor for the traveler. Because the traveler transfers a lot of load to the arch, it can be subject to cracking and potential failure. To alleviate any concerns in the regard, the owner commissioned Mert Owen, a British naval architect and engineer known for engineering composites for racing and cruising designs, to engineer and build a carbon fiber reinforcement system for the arch to maximize its strength and safety. The upgrade was completed in March, 2018.

Dodger replaced Summer 2019

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