5 feet would not be my deepest draft window....I would go more for 6. We have a keel/ centerboard which gives great flexibility.
Hi Dave, I should elaborate to say that 5 feet is my max fixed
draft, so a K/C with less than 5 with the board up (common) and much deep with it down would be fine. I live in a community with slips, and some of them are on the shallower side, so I want to make sure I can use them (since the price is right).
I've really more recently become interested in Sabres, when I started to realize that you can get one that's just a few years older than a comparable Catalina or Beneteau for about the same price. I figure if a boat is 20 years old, it might as well be 24 years old. At that point, the maintenance and condition is way more important than the age.
I think the next step really is to take a look at some Sabres in person. That will tell me what I need to know, I'm sure.