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Sabre 34ft sloop
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Description: Sabre 34ft sloop
Keywords: Sabre 34ft sloop
 


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Fri May 7, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Summary of Design
Sloop rig, fin keel

Key Features
30 hp Westerbeke Dsl, 50 gal H2O, 20 gal Fuel

Strengths
Solidly built cruiser/racer; well outfitted

Weaknesses
Eats zincs like going out of style; limber holes clog easily resulting in cabin sole rot

Overall Satisfaction
Very pleased.
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Review Date: Wed May 24, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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"Serendipity" is a Sabre 34 Mark 1 (centerboard), built in 1985. She is primarily sailed in the Chesapeake Bay, with some coastal sailing as far north as Maine during the summer. Not an especially spacious boat by today's standards, with a relatively narrow 10' 6" beam, she still has adequate storage area for a couple or family with a couple of small children. She is rigged for short handed sailing and can be easily sailed single handed, with most lines led back to the cockpit. The fit and finish are exceptional, she is very fast and responsive, and feels secure in all conditions. Because of her narrow beam she is pretty tippy and requires early reefing and close control, however, when winds pick up over 20 knots.

Since purchasing her I've replaced two of the three Lewmar 16s with 16STs, added Spinlock Triple XAs, and run the reefing sheets back to the cabin top. I've also replaced the jib and main wire-rope halyards with all rope, since the wire had stretched to wrap around the winch drums.

Things to watch for are the DC wiring, as originally delivered it was marginal; the addition of nav station lights, GPS, macerator, electric windlass or any DC appliances creates wiring and load problems. Have a qualified electrician add another DC panel and rewire the old panel to split the load, also install a higher performance alternator, the original one is probably inadequate. Other areas for upgrade are replacing the 20 gal fuel tank with a 35-50 gallon tank if any extended (i.e., island) cruising is planned. The two 38 gal water tanks and 30 gal waste tank are probably adequate for most needs.

Overall I'd rate the Sabre marginally superior to a Caliber 33, the only other vessel I'd consider on a par, with the nod going to the Caliber on interior space and tankage, and the advantage to the Sabre on performance and finish.

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Review Date: Thu July 13, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We have owned our 34 for three years now. It has performed well past my expectations! I would recommed this boat to anyone who wishes to cruise/race this size boat with a budget. The boat out performs many in its class going to weather.
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Registered: February 2001
Posts: 734
Review Date: Mon August 12, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Very well built fast cruiser. Designed to be sailed, everything in the right place! Loves to go to weather, fast. Storage capacity good for cruising. Capacities for fuel, water and holding are 20, 80 and 30 respectively. Exceptional resale value. High quality everywhere.
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heihjay
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Registered: March 2001
Review Date: Mon February 24, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I own a 1983 S34 Sabre with a centerboard. I was first concerned about the performance of a centerboard boat but after 4 years of ownership -- I love it. The boat performs well in most conditions as long as you reef the sails early. I typically reef them just before 15-20 knots of wind. I have been offshore in 40-50 knots of wind -- we were caught in storm by surprise, as most did that day. The boat did well but I'm not sure about the crew! The only problem I have noticed is the rate in which it eats zincs. Typically two sets a season and according to a Westerbeke mechanic this is normal. If you buy a Sabre or any boat with a Westerbeke check the zincs a couple times a season.

We typically sail to Martha Vineyard most weekends and stay aboard with a 2 and 6 year old with plenty of room. Storage is great! Sabre spared no expense adding cabinets with doors. There’s storage in the stairs, below the bunks, in the backrests -- everywhere. I love the boat and recommend them. I welcome any direct questions about the boat at heihjay@msn.com. As you can tell I love my Sabre.

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