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I'd stay away from the "Atomic Bomb" if I were you. I've heard too many horror stories. I own a Sabre 28 that I can't praise enough. I was able to find a 1983 with a Volvo Penta that ran wonderfully until 2008 (since re-powered with a Yanmar due to corrosion on the Volvo that made certain parts impossible to maintain).
For a low price-tag and 28.5' of boat, there is a tremendous amount of space and comfort. I have slept four adults onboard comfortably for four nights. She's got a head with a 20 gal. holding tank, a two-burner alcohol stove and ample counter space in the galley, two fresh/salt water basins... everything you will find minus an oven in most 30'-35' vessels.
She is deceptively tender for looking like a bit of a tub, and very responsive. Sailing her is great time, and I think SAILING magazine once did a write-up on the Sabre 28 as the best boat to "fall in love with sailing" on.
One word of caution if you end up looking at these boats... The mast is stepped on deck, and earlier models lacked lower shrouds which resulted in significant pumping of the rig. When I purchased Eigyr, my first project was to re-tab the main bulkhead. The mast pumping had broken the bulkhead away from the hull in some places... not good. Lower shrouds were installed, and the bulkhead is strong and sturdy six years following the repair.
Good luck on the search!
Constantly fixing and upgrading aboard EIGYR, a 1983 Sabre 28 out of Brooklin, ME.