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Re: Initial Offer Question
Hi Julie, I own an '85 Sabre 34, and while I think my boat is worth every bit of $60,000.
;-) I'd never get it. Nor would I expect to get $50,000. If I could. I'd probably sell it today and help you sail it home. ;-) Then I'd buy that Kelly Peterson that's been offered here.
Or look for a Sabre 362. In the meantime, as the song goes, "I'll love the one I'm with"
and I do.
I believe Boat US has probably given you good information as have others here. I thought Chef was also right on the mark with his $ estimates of the market.
I may not be the fastest boat out there, but I am very pleased with her sailing performance.
I put new sails on her shortly after taking possession and new sails make a huge difference in performance. No need for a 150.
Maintenence is everything and a poorly maintained Sabre like any other boat could reveal expensive repairs.
Things I'd look for would be: any evidence of leaks around chainplates that have gone unattended, Check the mast step for any corrosion. ( I got to mine in time) I'd check the cockpit sole around the emergency tiller location for soft spots, to mention a few. If you get that far a good surveyor will pick up those items. The engine looks like it is pretty clean and maintained. I'd check the heat exchanger for corrosion. That's a $400 part. ( I know) Hopefully he's changed the zincs regularly.
He's got 4 batteries on that boat? I'm not sure what he's running since it doesn't seem like there's a lot of electronics, but that Electrical Panel didn't have alot of room for all the modern conveniences. I wonder. See if he's running stuff directly from the batts.
The woodwork is pretty decent, but I wouldn't call it a Mercedes. Having dug into it a little, there are a few things that Sabre could have done better. There was alot of bare wood under the vinyl liners that wasn't treated in any way. The handrails are not bolted through but screwed into the core. Check for any leaks. The opening ports could have been a better quality and I may decide one day to replace mine.
It's a pretty Traditional Layout. Not really spacious by today's standards but quite comfortable for a couple. You might find that the most comfortable berth is the salon pullout.
I'd prefer a head that was aft rather than forward as mine is. With the table unfolded and open the head is not easily accessed. That said, I spend more time in the cockpit. So it's rarely an issue.
I do like an aft head..to get out of wet gear and so that you don't go through the salon if people are sleeping off watch. ..but that too hasn't been a major issue lately.
The Seacocks are as good as you can get imo. Don't let anyone replace them..just keep em cleaned and lubricated.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the heck out of my Sabre. I've owned it for 8 years and sailed her 18, buying from a friend. She's been up and down the east coast of the US from Maine to Jacksonville and to Bermuda. I'm trying to be realistic. Given your sailing plans, there are any number of vessels that would fit the bill. You probably don't need to spend that much money on a 30 year old vessel. I'd negotiate a better price or keep looking.
Last edited by Tempest; 06-20-2013 at 10:09 PM.