s/v TWIG

Vessel Information

  • Make/Model: Saga 43
  • Hailing Port: Minneapolis, MN
  • MMSI: 367572690 (IC-M605, IC-M802, Raymarine 650 AIS, and Uniden MHS335BT Handheld)
  • Group MMSI: 036757269
  • USCG Documentation #: 1109105
  • HIN: QYG43039M01K
  • Year: 2001
  • Hull Shape & Material: Monohull FRP (Fiberglass) - Fin Keel - Spade Rudder
  • Call Sign: WDJ4453
  • Color: Cream w/ Green canvas accents (teal green bottom paint)
  • Vessel Type: Pleasure Sailing Sloop
  • Masts: 1
  • Gross Tonnage: 22 GRT
  • Net Tonnage: 20 NRT
  • Length: 43 ft (13.1m)
  • Breadth: 11.9 ft (3.6m)
  • Draft: 6.9 ft (2.1m)
  • Manufacturer: Saga Yachts
  • Origin: St Catharines, Ontario, Canada
  • Designer: Robert Perry
  • Hull #: 39
  • Photos | Build Photos | VRM Energy Graphs

Location / Position Reports

We regularly report our position to many online vessel tracking services.

We also send occasional updates to Twitter @TwigVessel.


  • Manufacturer: AB Inflatables
  • Model: 10AL Aluminum bottomed Hypalon RIB.
  • Color: Gray
  • MMSI: 338219159 (AMEC Camino 108 AIS Class B, Standard Horizon 1850G, Standard Horizon HX870)


  • Class A AIS Transceiver: MMSI 367572690 (Em-Trak A200)
  • Marine VHF: Monitoring channels 16, 13, 70 (DSC), sometimes 75.
  • Marine SSB Voice Monitoring: Voice Monitoring 2182.0 kHz, (sometimes 4125.0 kHz, 6215.0 kHz, 8291.0 kHz, 12290.0 kHz, 16420.0 kHz) DSC Monitoring 2187.5 kHz, 4207.5 kHz, 6312.0 kHz, 8414.5 kHz, 12577.0 kHz, 16804.5 kHz.
  • Inbound SMS Message Number: +1 763-878-8944 (763-8SV-TWIG)
  • Iridium GO: 8816-31403941
  • SailMail: WDJ4453

Important Numbers

  • Boat US: 20156955

Regular Crew

Kai Curry

  • Overboard MMSI: 972604918 Ocean Signal MOB1
  • Cell: +1 612-845-9876
  • Instagram

Emily Whebbe

  • Overboard MMSI: 972604917 Ocean Signal MOB1
  • Cell: +1 612-860-4060
  • Blog | Instagram


  • Overboard MMSI: 972601092 Ocean Signal MOB1


  • Brand: Winslow
  • Size: 6 Person
  • Model: Super-Light Offshore Plus Life Raft / Containing Basic Offshore SEP Packed Inside / Custom Pack
  • Color: Yellow/Orange
  • Serial No: 6OP-01231
  • Service Validation: M-SVC 2RZ00034
  • Part No: M-60SLOP-BO-1-105
  • Manufactured Date: 2021 May

About Twig

We sail a 2001 Saga 43 named Twig, designed by the famous offshore yacht designer, Robert Perry. In choosing a boat, we had a few specific qualities which were absolutely required, and a few things we desired, but weren’t necessary. Twig embodied all of the things we were wanting in a sailboat: a modern sailboat designed for offshore use, a long water line, a pullman berth (the forward berth is moved back, out of the bow, and storage is in the “V”, a separate aft cabin for the kid, a sail area to displacement ratio of greater than 15 (technical stuff), a sugar-scoop transom, a bathroom that included a separate shower stall, and an all around bright, well ventilated boat with a dry bilge.

We were also lucky to find Twig (previously Nottus then Free Spirit) had recently gone through a structural refit, including a reinforced main bulkhead, hull, and mast step (where the mast sits on the keel). An extra 850 lbs (386kg) was previously added onto the keel for extra stability.

Twig is a Solent Rig, which means the overlapping Genoa and self-tacking Jib are on separate roller furlings next to each other on the bow. The forward fore stay roller houses the Genoa which is deployed in light winds or going downwind. The aft solent stay roller houses the Jib which is self-tending (except we often rig a barber hauler) and is used most often when going upwind. Having both sails at the ready is of great benefit during offshore passages where we stay on the same tack for many miles. Additionally, the rig is tall and the boat is on the lighter side for a 43 foot ocean boat, which makes it faster in light winds.

All in all, we had a short list of boat designs that would embody the things we wanted in a boat, with a Saga 43 at the top. She’s a wonderfully strong and skinny boat which makes sailing enjoyable.

Why The Name

We wanted a nature-based name. It needed to be short, distinct and easy to spell phonetically. I’m sure you know Twig as a noun means an offshoot of a tree, but you may not know that twig as a verb means to understand, notice, or observe. We’re constantly trying to understand each other, the earth, other people, and ourselves. We observe nature in its most beautiful and raw forms. We notice things we didn’t notice before our home was on the water. Twig gives us the ability to explore and understand. Also, we like trees, twigs are skinny and so is this boat!