For Sale, Bridgeport CT, 28 ft Sabre 28, 1981 Volvo diesel auxiliary sloop with like new North Dacron sails. This five berth configuration Sabre 28-2 is a competitive club racer under the PHRF rating, but is chiefly prized as a pocket cruiser with plenty of inshore agility and offshore stamina.
The Sabre 28 is a very safe compromise boat. It has relatively modern lines, yet is attractive to traditionalists, is very well built, sails well, and has a great ambiance below.
Please contact the listing broker,
Robert Moore, (203) 858 3858 to discuss this boat or any other boat.
This boat is shown by appointment only.
MAKE: Saber MODEL: 28-2 YEAR: 1981
LOA: 28’ 5” BEAM: 9’ 1” DRAFT: 4’ 4”
DISPLACEMENT: 7900 lbs SAIL AREA: 395 ft2 BALLAST: 3100 lbs.
Bridge Clearance: 41 ft
HULL MATERIAL: Fiberglass DECK MATERIAL: Fiberglass
TANKAGE FUEL: 20 gal WATER: 20 gal WASTE: 15 gal
ENGINES AND MACHINERY
NUMBER OF DRIVE ENGINES:: Single Diesel
MANUFACTURER: VOLVO MODEL: MD&A HORSE POWER: 13
FUEL: DIESEL HOURS: UNKNOWN DRIVE TYPE: offset
COOLING SYSTEM: RAW WATER
BATTERY STARTING: 1 HOUSE: 1 TYPE: FLOODED SWITCH: PARALLEL
SHIPS VOLTAGE DC: 12 SHIPS VOLTAGE AC: 110
INVERTER MANUFACTURER: PROWATT WATTS: 150
SHORE POWER AMPS: 30 NUMBER OF INLETS: 1 CORD LENGTH: 25 ft
BILGE PUMPS: 1 ELECTRIC / 1 MANUAL
SLEEPS TOTAL: 5 FORWARD BERTHS: 2 SALON BERTHS: 2
AFT BERTHS: 1
HEADS: HEAD: MANUAL SINKS:1
GALLEY AREA: ICE BOX:
COOKTOP: ALCOHOL 2 BURNER
SALON AREAS: FOLDING TABLE: SEATS 6 PERSONS
DECK AREAS COCKPIT SEATS: 6 WHEEL HELM
BOW RAIL STERN RAIL SWIM LADDER
PRIMARY ANCHOR: BRUCE 10 kg CHAIN 6 ft RODE 100 ft
ELECTRONICS, NAVIGATION AND SAFETY
DEPTH FINDER: AUTOHELM MODEL: DIGITAL
VHF RADIO: UNIDEN MODEL: MC 635
LIFE RINGS: 1 LIFE JACKETS: 4 HORN
CANVAS COLOR: GREEN DODGER (poor condition) MAINSAIL COVER
PRIMARY WINCHES – LEWMAR #40 SELF TAILING
MAXT WINCHES – 2 X LEWMAR #8
MAINSAIL – NORTH DACRON – LIKE NEW
GENOA – NORTH DACRON 135% - LIKE NEW
HALYARDS AT MAST
MAINSHEET TRAVELER AFT OF HELM
HARKEN ROLLER FURLING GEAR
This stylish little pocket yacht is both the first and smallest boat ever produced by Sabre Yachts, a quality production boatbuilder based in southern Maine. Designed by the company’s founder, Roger Hewson, and introduced in 1971, the Sabre 28 was the only boat produced by Sabre until 1977. Production did not cease until 1986, by which time 588 hulls had been launched.
The boat has a generous rig, is not at all slow for its size, and early in its career was often raced as a Half-Tonner under the old IOR rule. Today many Sabre 28s still sail in club races with PHRF ratings below 200, but they are primarily used as cruising vessels. Though most suitable for coastal work due to their small size and low-capacity tanks, they are certainly strong enough to sail offshore if desired.
The boat’s construction is straightforward and well executed. The hull is solid fiberglass laminate set in polyester resin with eight layers of mat and woven roving down low tapering up to four layers at the sheerline. The exterior gelcoat is excellent. The deck is balsa-cored with plywood substituted in high-load areas where hardware is mounted; the hardware is also supported by heavy aluminum backing plates.
Secondary bonds between the hull and bulkheads and other structural members are superb, as is the finish quality of the glass work generally. The ballast is lead, mounted externally on stainless-steel keel bolts that are easily accessed in the bilge. The deck joint consists of an inward-facing flange bedded in non-adhesive butyl sealant and fastened every 6 inches with stainless-steel bolts.
Several modifications were made to the Sabre 28 over time. In 1976 a new deck mold was created. This incorporated an anchor well up forward, a reconfigured T-shaped cockpit that more easily accommodates a pedestal and wheel (only about 10 percent of the boats have the standard tiller steering), plus a more attractive split aft window on the cabin side.
The deck-stepped rig was also improved about this time. Forward lower shrouds were added to keep the mast from pumping too much and the chainplate seals were improved.
As mentioned, the Sabre 28 sails well for a boat its size, thanks both to its large sail plan and its well-formed fin keel and skeg-supported spade rudder. For a boat that is not terribly light it is particularly handy in light air; it is a bit tender and heels quickly when the wind gets up unless sails are promptly reefed. Because the chainplates are well inboard, headsail sheeting angles are potentially quite narrow. But boats equipped with the optional inboard genoa track (there is also a standard toerail track) and a standard deep keel (as opposed to the optional shoal-draft keel) are reasonably close-winded. Note, however, that boats with offset prop shafts sail a bit better on one tack than they do on the other.
The interior is very pleasant. The quality teak joinery, rare on a boat this small, makes it warm and attractive, the fold-down bulkhead table works well, and the athwartship private head compartment is as functional as you can expect on an older boat less than 30 feet long.
Due to the quality of its construction, the Sabre 28 is more expensive than other used boats in this size range. The extra money spent, however, is not wasted. Because they are nicer boats to begin with, most owners maintain their Sabre 28s in good to excellent condition. Sabre still provides lots of technical support for their out-of-production boats, so it isn’t hard to get parts or good advice when planning upgrades and structural repairs. The boats also hold their value well compared to similar vessels.
In the end, the Sabre 28 is a very safe compromise boat. It has relatively modern lines, yet is attractive to traditionalists, is very well built, sails well, and has a great ambiance below.