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We're buyin' a boat - Finally!

First of all, thanks to everyone for bearing with me on our boat search over the last 7 months. The advice and support from fellow Sailnet members has been fantastic.

Second, we're buying a boat! For those of you who saw my ill-fated thread from last week that got hijacked by a troll (thread was removed by the mods, thankfully), you know that we held the survey last Tuesday, and it went very well. The survey report came in on Friday, we made some adjustments to our offer, and today, it was ACCEPTED (in writing)!

So, we're buyin' a boat (did I say that already?)! OK, finally, the DETAILS:

Year: 1984
Builder: Sabre Yachts
Model: 34 Mk I, Keel/CB (Note: this was our favorite of the models on our "list")
History: Current owner has owned the boat for 13 years, and provided all maintenance records for that time. Boat as well as records indicate regular preventive maintenance, as well as repairs as necessary, not to mention hull waxing, etc.
A few highlights: Epoxy barrier coat 5 years ago, new fuel tank 4 years ago, 2 garmin chartplotters, radar, and loran, reupholstered interior (well done, in colors we like), and on...

We looked at 5 Sabre 34 Mk Is, plus many others (Tartan 33s, Pearson 33-2s, Sabre 30 Mk IIIs and Mk IIs, and a Sabre 32. This was by far the nicest boat in terms of condition and maintenance history.

Now all we need to do is close on the boat, get her ready for launch in the Spring, and sail her home to Maryland--no big deal, right? Hopefully, we won't have any problems with the closing. We should have all ducks in a row, but we don't want to jinx it by getting too sure of ourselves before the signatures are in place. So for now, we have fingers crossed, and we're doing the "I want a boat" dance.

I'll follow up this post with some pics--finally! Thanks again to everyone here in the Buying a Boat forum!
-J

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I've posted some pics below, but they're all from the seller. Currently the boat's on the hard, winterized, covered, blocked in by many other boats crammed up next to her, and the mast is unstepped. In short, my pics don't look like much. I have about 200 pics of individual hoses, winches, chainplates, engine parts, etc., but no good "boat pics", if you know what I mean. Anyway, here you go!



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He Shoots, He Scores, Really Scores. Very nice looking boat. Congratulations!!

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Beautiful...

I like. I too looked at Sabre 34 Mk I's when I was shopping, but couldn't find a nice one in my area that I wanted to pay for. Also, for my size (6'6") I found the area near the head/v-berth tight and I really had to duck.

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A couple more pics from survey--had the engine running on the hard here. This is about the best I have myself...I'll try to get more though.




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He Shoots, He Scores, Really Scores. Very nice looking boat. Congratulations!!

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I like. I too looked at Sabre 34 Mk I's when I was shopping, but couldn't find a nice one in my area that I wanted to pay for. Also, for my size (6'6") I found the area near the head/v-berth tight and I really had to duck.

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Yeah, I'm under 6 ft (and I'm tallest), so it's a good fit for us. I really didn't think we'd find a good Sabre 34--we saw several that were "okay", and one that was horrible with a high asking price--terrible combo.
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Anyone can post pictures on the internet. Why should we believe you are buying a boat. You are probably a 13 year old with Acne.



Hey man...she looks just lovely and well taken care of. Ideal for your needs. Good things happen to those who have patience!! All best with her.
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Good looking piece of gear. You will have many days weeks and years of enjoyment on her. BTW, I never doubted you were really going to buy something!!
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Hey man...she looks just lovely and well taken care of. Ideal for your needs. Good things happen to those who have patience!! All best with her.

I was waiting for someone to bring that up! Seriously, thanks cam for all your help along the way. Now if we can just get the paperwork all done without mishaps, we'll be very happy.
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Congrats Jos,

Looks like you have a fine purchase. Sabres are great quality have a good turn of speed and good joinery. Craig2 who is close to us has a reallly nice 34also. Where are you keeping her on the Chesapeake?

Good luck with your close.

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