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funjohnson 01-05-2010 11:05 AM

Just bought a 1989 Sabre 34II Targa!!!
Had to share my excitement!

I searched Yachtworld for the past year for a boat that my wife and I could grow into. Coming from my Hunter 240, anything would have been a huge increase in comfort, but we wanted more than just that. We looked at Catalina, Beneteau and a few others, but the ones in our price range didn't seem to fit our personality. In early summer I saw an ad for my new boat, but I quick ruled it out due to the price. Last month I saw it was lowered $20,000 from 6 months ago... it now was close!

Lucky for us it was almost in our backyard. The wife and I went and spent hours going over it a month ago, and after two more trips we made an offer for $12,000 off from the new lower price. Two days later it was accepted (it seems like a good deal for us). The survey came out very clean with no major issues or moisture (have 4 minor 5 minutes fixes and 1 thing we need to keep our eyes on).

I singed the paperwork last Thursday and took delivery. The boat is being stored inside a heated building for the winter. This works perfect for me to get to know the systems, pot and re-bed the deck hardware, oil the interior teak and add a few electrical toys... new high power alt, Bluesea v422 battery and tank monitor, Xantrex inverter and hopefully a Lewmar windlass.

Well enough words... here are some pics:

If board and want to take a look at more photos, here is a link:

SABRE 34 TARGA pictures by whatsaz3coupe - Photobucket


puddinlegs 01-05-2010 11:23 AM

Well done and congrats!

(... and some adjustable jib car leads for your to'do's :) )

eherlihy 01-05-2010 12:02 PM


That is a beautiful boat!

Is that "The Admiral" in some of the pictures? - She looks happy with te purchase too.

I would replace the corroded wires in the bonding system (near the keel bolts).

Best wishes for your boat and crew!

SecondWindNC 01-05-2010 12:06 PM

Nice looking boat. Congrats!

JohnRPollard 01-05-2010 12:38 PM

Congratulations!!! Beautiful boat.

What does the "Targa" designation refer to?

I'm envious of that winter storage arrangement. I could get a lot done in a heated shed.

And yes, if that is your wife in the photos, then you are indeed a very lucky man because you not only have a beautiful boat....:)

denverd0n 01-05-2010 12:49 PM

Congratulations. So... do you mind me asking what you paid? If not, that's okay, just curious as I am hoping to be buying something similar soon.

funjohnson 01-05-2010 02:06 PM

Deverdon- Paid $55500, but had to pay the remaining part of winter storage ($1475). NADA showed low as $58,000-high at $67,000 and suggested list at $92,000.

John- The Targa model has a enclosed rear berth, the head is moved aft, and the galley is extended. The only negative is that it added a permanent folding table. The standard had a table that folded into the forward bulkhead. The big reason I wanted the Targa model is that Sabre fiberglassed the mast step. The classic model had the mast step sitting on a wooden beam (rotted).

I'll take a look into replacing the wires in the bonding system. I can't tell what is in the bilge, but it doesn't seem to be corrosion. The wires themselves appeared to be in great shape. I may try to see how much resistance they have.

The chart plotter/radar could use an update, but the b&w display wont bother me for at least the first year.

Also, the CNG system is going to get changed to propane (availability).

Here is the specs from the orignal ad on yachtworld, but it came with a lot not listed:

Accommodations & Comments
This classic design not only has a great look but is also a wonderful sailing boat. Another great feature of this fine boat is the wing keel that gives the boat a very moderate draft of 4' 6". The interior features a large v-berth area forward with a hanging locker and a vanity with sink. The main salon has a strait settee on the starboard side and a u-shaped settee on the port that converts into a double berth. There is also a beautiful bi-fold teak table on the centerline. The navigation station is located in the starboard aft part of the salon and the very complete galley is located on the port aft part of the salon. The aft cabin has a double berth hanging locker and a privacy door. The large head is behind the navigation station.
The interior is finished in teak and the cabin sole is teak and holly. The cabin cushions are blue.

Grunert 12V refrigeration
Gas Systems 2 burner CNG stove w/oven
Ample storage
Large double SS sink
Hot & cold pressure water
Manual water

Ritchie compass
Raytheon ST4000+ autopilot
Raytheon ST60 depth sounder
Raytheon ST60 knotmeter
Cockpit & salon speakers for stereo
Standard VHF
Raytheon RL70 radar/plotter with GPS
Raytheon ST60 wind instrument (new wind sensor in 2009)
Sony AM/FM/CD stereo (2009)

Electrical & Mechanical
12V panel with voltmeter
110V panel with voltmeter
Three batteries (2 new in 2008)
Battery charger
Battery isolator
Battery selector switch
Chart light at navigation station
Shorepower with cord
12V power outlet at navigation station
Pressure water pump (2008)
Thee blade PYI feathering prop
Manual cockpit bilge pump
Automatic bilge pump
110V hot water heater
Emergency tiller
Wheel steering
Manuel marine head
Shower sump pump
Cockpit shower
Racor fuel filter

Hull & Deck
Hull and deck are white. The boot stripe, feature stripe and cove stripe are dark blue. There is complete canvas including a dodger and bimini. The dodger has an aft grabrail and there is a connector panel between the dodger and the bimini. Canvas is blue. The boat has been retrofit with stainless steel portlights.

Bow and stern rails
Double lifelines
Bow roller
Port & starboard boarding gates
Four dorade vents
Teak cockpit table
Anchor locker
8 opening ports with screens
2 overhead hatches with screens
Companionway screens
Swim ladder
Leather wrapped steering wheel
Helm cover

Sails & Rigging
The boat comes with a North mainsail, a roller furling genoa and a 3/4 oz. gennaker with a sock. Mast was repainted in 2006.

Double spreader keel stepped mast
Sailtec hydraulic backstay
2 Lewmar 43 CST primary winches
Harken mainsheet traveler
Harken roller furling
2 Lewmar #16 winches on cabin top
Dutchman system for mainsail

25 lb. CQR anchor with line & chain
Sabre tool drawer
Steel cradle
Danforth type anchor
Two boat hooks
Large quantity of spar parts plus extra belts and filters
Docklines & fenders
Flag pole
Fire extinguisher
Stern mounted propane BBQ grill
10' Walker Bay dinghy
Life jackets

kwaltersmi 01-05-2010 02:34 PM

Great boat...congratulations! We actually looked at that boat late last year too. I'm a big Sabre fan and particularly liked the enclosed aft cabin, which would be nice when cruising with our two lil' ones.

Hope to see you on the big lake next summer!

tempest 01-05-2010 02:35 PM

Hmmm... a Sabre 34.....can't argue with that decision!.... ;-)

I know that you will Love this boat! I also like some of the changes they made from the MK1. the aft head and the private, more roomy aft cabin among them! I also think you made a great deal on the price.


arf145 01-05-2010 03:50 PM


Originally Posted by funjohnson (Post 556946)
Had to share my excitement!

Appreciate your sharing it on a cold January day--warmed me right up!

And like JohnRP I'm totally envious of the heated storage! You get to play with your new toy all winter.


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