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Sabre 28
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Description: Sabre 28
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Tue April 15, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Now entering our 2nd year with our Sabre 28, and we couldn't be happier with her. Excellent hardware and rigging, easy to sail short or single handed with the mainsheet on the transom and big ST winches. Beautiful teak interior with very high quality joinery. Stout rig, good light-air performance (we sail in Long Island Sound), comfortable and functional cockpit. Trouble-free Westerbeke 13 diesel. An all-around excellent cruiser for a small family (we have a two year old).
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Review Date: Mon September 7, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Very well built. Faster than most boats its size. Easy to sail singlehanded.
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Location: maryland
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Review Date: Mon May 29, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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"Crafted with Fierce Pride", what a load of ****!

My '76 Sabre was used for one season when I bought her. Based on experience, I know that these boats are poorly built.

Don't believe all the hype, examine the boat for yourself.

How many other boats have a crack where the hull fairs into the keel? How many other boats have a cracked rudder? Both of these problems are common to Sabres, expensive to repair, and would not have occurred had the boat been built proiperly.

Examine the cockpit scuppers and ask yourself how will you service the seacocks let alone replace the hoses. The deck beneath the mast step is prone to collapsing. The plywood under the cabin sole, particularly under the mast support, is prone to rot. Plywood pads under pulpit stanchion bases are prone to rot. Backstay chainplate is bolted to plywood which is prone to rot.





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Review Date: Mon July 3, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Series II, differences between series I,II,II
Cruising and racing equipped
Good all around performer, comfortable and safe cruiser
leaks around stanchions are only drawbacks
Great boat for a couple, Series II easy to single hand or use by couple, good quality and still supported by manufacturer. /
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wpdragan
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Registered: August 2000
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 9
Review Date: Fri July 21, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We purchased our 28 in 1998 and sail in Long Island Sound. Overall very solid, although the cockpit sole core is waterlogged in spots and needs repair. All wood interior is still beautiful after 20 years. Regularily exceeds hull speed in moderate wind and comfortably cruise at 6.5 knots under sail. Easy to sail single handed or short handed. Very well balanced under sail. Diagonally mounted prop makes reversing difficult and turning to port in reverse next to impossible.
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Kopec
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Registered: May 2001
Review Date: Fri May 4, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My wife and I brought our Sabe 28 up the Jersey coast in early April, She handled 6ft swells and wind gusting between 25-30 knots. We were on a broad reach all the way approx 40 miles.
The boat was stable, and solid the knotmeter read 9kt, as we surfed down some of the larger waves, I have had other production boats, which had a greater beam 10'10". They would seem to slap the waves instead of slicing through. The Sabre 28 although she is 20yrs felt solid, and secure, easy to sail with 110 jib and original main. We put into Sandy Hook after sunset. The hardest part of the
trip was the dingy ride to shore in the chop. I would recommend this boat to anyone. HOWEVER, like any other boat, 20yrs old. She MUST be properly maintained and preferably never raced.
Racing stresses the entire rig, sails, winches, and hull. Just because it's a Sabre does not mean it's immune to deterioration.
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Honeyb
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Registered: July 2005
Review Date: Fri April 14, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Been in 60 mph gusts & 8' waves [small craft warning] felt safe, gave me a great respect for Sabre.
Cons: Did replace the Mast support in Bilge, of a 25' old boat

Love her Wine Glass solid lead keel design, with a top 10 up-righting, rating which is just one of the reasons I bought Her. She's a Classic Beauty and I feel proud and Safe sailing her. I've been at anchor in 60 mph winds and she sails sound at anchor with a song in her Mast & Rigging.
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oldsabre
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Registered: February 2009
Review Date: Fri February 13, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Well built and easy to maintain
Cons: A little tender

I've owned this boat for 10 years now and have loved every second of it. I bought the boat from the original owner of 25 years and he dearly loved it. I read in other forums about stantchen posts leaking and such. The fact is, you must maintain your boat. Rebedding deck hardware and stantchen posts should be routine maintainance, done every 5 years or so. The boat sails well and has a good turn of speed. I've done very well in PHRF racing. Something I did learn early on, is to put a reef in the main early on if the wind pipes up. The boat sails faster without it's rail in and should be avoided. I've sailed the boat in 40 knots of wind under fully reefed main and storm jib without any trouble. The boat is very quick in very lite air also, and I'm able to sail past most other boats in the floatathon under full main and 150% genoa. Cabin interior is nice and a great place to retire to in the evening. I go to boat shows and read article on new boats, but in the end I love my Sabre and wouldn't trade it for anything.
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dryclean

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Registered: May 2009
Location: Cleveland OH USA
Posts: 54
Review Date: Wed June 16, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very well built Fun to sail
Cons: None yet

Going into our 2nd summer with Idillia our S-28II. It's funny we were looking for a 16-18ft trailerable and came across this boat and got it for a great price and couldn't pass it up. We've put allot of time effort and of course $$ into it to bring it back to how I like a boat to be and it is just fabulous. It's so funny when someone asks what kind of boat you have and I say a Sabre they always say "Thats a nice boat"
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cbrey
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Registered: February 2004
Posts: 6
Review Date: Sat September 4, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $17,000.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Elegant design, quality construction, excellent performance
Cons: Tender, difficult to handle in reverse under power

I own one of the last of the Mark II series. I sail her in western Long Island Sound and have cruised her singlehanded as far as the Elizabeth Islands and Martha's Vineyard.

She has the feel of a bigger boat-- calm and steady. With attention paid to sail trim and amount of sail carried she can whiz past many other boats her size and a bit larger. In normal conditions, a sweet-sailing boat who will steer herself upwind with proper sail trim. However, if you do not reef early, because of her low ballast-to-displacement ratio you will find her to be very tender. I bring in some of the 150 genoa first at 13-15 knots, then first reef in the main. A second reef is generally necessary around 20 knots sustained if you do not want to be fighting massive weather helm.

The Westerbeke 13 is a great little mill, very reliable. Parts are all available. Access to the raw water pump is great, but it's torture getting to the oil filter and the stuffing box.

Construction quality very good for a production boat. Scantlings solid without being overly heavy, deck hardware through-bolted and sealed. Some cosmetic cracking of the gel coat on the transom.

Backing under power is a nightmare, because of the offset prop, although with experience her behavior is predictable. In addition, her bow tends to blow off very quickly, making mooring a bit challenging in any kind of wind. I cannot count the number of times she has jibed at the mooring between the time I pick up the stick and manage to get aft to drop the main.
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