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Old 06-01-2010
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Sorry that I missed this thread back in january - I was on business travel for 2 weeks.

Congratulations! She looks great and you've jumped the first hurdle - the boat is in the water and made a 4 hour journey successfully. If you have any questions - PM me. We're on our second Sabre (and crewed on a 3rd) and have more than a passing knowledge of this vintage. They are remarkably similar across the product line - just a question of scale.

I'm envious that it only took you a year to find your boat... it took me two.
For our first Sabre (a 28), we looked at 2 Sabres in a single day and bought the second boat. For our current boat, we looked at 2 34s and a 38 in a single day. The internet search for our current boat lasted about a month. From what I can read about other's searches, we were very lucky.

Congrats and good luck.
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Sabre MK II vs Targa 34

I just read your posting about your new boat and I am very eager to hear back from you about your sailing experiences.

We are looking into purchasing either a MKII or the Targa 34 model. I am very curious to know how she sails. The shoal draft definitely has its advantages to the 6ft draft of the other MKII. However, I was curious to know if there is a big difference in sailing performance. Moreover, have you been happy with your purchase?

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You appear to have Wilcox-Crittenden Seacox through-hull valves. They are excellent valves, but they do benefit from a good greasing now and then. Also check around them, and look for any signs of leakage. If they have been leaking, you need to lap the barrel and bore to remove any scratches etc. Good tasks to add to the stuff you're doing while it's on the hard.
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She is a beautiful boat. Congratulations. I also love the smile that the Missus is showing, always better to have her "on board" with buying your boat.

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Thanks guys.

Sabre actually uses Spartan seacocks (great bronze!) They all moved freely when we got the boat, but they hadn't been serviced in awhile. Lapped and greased all 7 including the deck scuppers the first winter (while I still had inside storage).

I'll be pulling the thru hulls on a few of them this year just to check them out. They look good from the outside, but without pulling them, I'm not sure if they are still in good shape.


I like the wing keel so far. The boat still out points most on the lake (besides the racing boats), and I can bring it much closer to shore than all the others, but I'm worried about it getting stuck in the mud (wife ran aground this year, but it pulled right off) with that anchor like keel shape. I was looking for a wing keel at the beginning of our search for a new boat due to us wanting to go to the Bahamas, but now that we are spreading our adventure a bit further south, I may have gone with the standard keel instead.

With my wife and I using this as a liveaboard next year, I really like the setup with the aft cabin... it gets used as a garage. We wanted a settee that wasn't just straight on both sides (c shaped), but with this and the fixed table, you do give-up some floor space and it makes the salon a little more cramped. The v-berth on the Targa doesn't have as much foot space, but the rest of the berth feels bigger. You get the sink in the v berth too, but I cannot imagine that will ever be useful (so far it isn't).

The only thing that I do not like about the Targa is the fiberglass pan they used on this model. I feel like this isn't something that Sabre should have used. It makes it difficult to get to some of the wiring and also some of the plumbing. It does have one nice feature... it incorporates the mast step in the fiberglass. The classic model has an issue with the mast step getting soggy from water leaking down the mast and I do not have to worry about that!

I really like the Mark II design in either Targa or classic. Jump on both and see which fits you best.
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Thank you very much for your thoughts. The advice was extremely helpful. We are off for a test sail on the classic model today and hopefully next week we'll be able to test sail the Targa.

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