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Re: Sabre 30 vs Sabre 32
You can't go wrong with either boat. Go with the one that's in best condition and makes your heart thump. You'll know it when you see it. The rest is details. Do not factor all the miscellaneous gear in your decision, most of it will probably need replacing anyway. Check out the mast step, there may be de-lamination of the cabin sole due to water intrusion and poor mast drainage into the bilge. It was common for Sabres of this vintage but not a structural defect. But the floor may need repair or replacing (as was ours).
Don't worry about the balsa unless there was an obvious injury to the hull (can be seen from the interior). Note that the 32 was cored on the topsides, and not below the waterline. Don't sweat it. I've owned a 28 ('82) and now a 38 ('84), and didn't think twice about the coring.
PM me if you want more details about Sabres of this vintage. Wonderful boats.
Sabre 38 "Victoria"