Copyright 2022 - Woods Designs, 16 King St, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL11 2AT UK
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These photos show three different style saloons. The one above on our own Sagitta was a daring colour scheme that worked very well. The high gloss mouldings were easy to keep clean and the whole interior could be washed down to remove salt if needed.

This S African built boat had a more traditional interior

And this UK built boat featured even more solid, varnished wood. Be careful you don't make the trim too heavy though!

The U shaped galley is excellent with plenty of stowage space and work top areas. Note large oven/grill in end bulkhead. Although headroom in the saloon is limited there is nearly 2m (6'6") headroom in the hulls

The standard Sagitta layout is designed for a couple and friends. So there are two matching double bunks aft. If sailing with children then another bunk can be made in front of the galley (it won't then be U shaped of course)

Looking down into the port hull (below) showing the chart storage area in front of the daggerboard case. (Chart table is shown in the down position.) We use the space between daggerboard case and hull side as a "shore clothes" hanging locker. It stays 100% dry and is narrow so that clothes don't sway and rub

We feel the standard layout works well, but other people have their own ideas. That's not a problem providing the main structural bulkheads remain in position. So this boat has a large nav area and heads compartment forward in the starboard hull.

The heads compartment is forward of the nav area and at 1.3m long is plenty big enough for a comfortable shower area as well. Note wet locker forward of the heads.


This Sagitta has dried out and shows the lifting rudders and daggerboards raised. For those who want simplicity then a LAR keel version is available, which uses fixed rudders

And a more general view, above, showing the optional aft platform and nesting dinghy. This boat has sailed the Atlantic singlehanded in 21 days. Earlier it had been used as a commercial sailing fishing boat - hence the fish wells in the middle of the cockpit

The standard Sagitta cockpit is large to take friends out for daysails. Note the twin companionways and optional wheel steering

The standard engine installation is a central outboard. however many people, particularly those who keep boats in narrow canals (like the owners of this Dutch boat) or marinas, favour twin outboards

The metal bar helps lift the engine


This Sagitta was built inland in three sections and joined by the water, very hard to see the joins!

You can see how the shallow beaching keels (150mm, 6in deep) help keep the hull bottom off even a rocky beach