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Feedback wanted on a Sabre

Hi all,
My wife and I are expect / hope to conclude a purchase in the next 2 - 6 months and we are trying to narrow our search for a coastal cruiser down to a few preferred models/ makes. We would appreciate any feedback on a 38 ft Sabre, either the mark I 80's version or the mark II.
From what I have seen at the local marina and on Yachtworld I like the layout, shape, quality etc.

I understand both have a balsa cored hull and we would expect to carefully examine any boat we become serious about, but before we start what are peoples opinions, and experiences.
Is the Chain Plate attachment a common problem ?
What about bulkheads ?
Any other issues common to Sabre to be aware of ?
Any information very much appreciated.
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Sabre 38 - great boat

I will give you the negatives for the boat, we had a 1983 Sabre 38...the mast support is prone to water damage, if it has not been fixed, it likely will need it...unless all the PO did a good job of maintenance. In the mid atlantic...about 4-8K to repair it and the sole around it.

If you are over 50, getting in and out of the vberth is hilarious...whether head in or feet in - cannot be gracefully or without waking up the admiral...we did the gymnastics for almost two years before my wife said we need a center line berth...

The good is that she sails wonderfully, predictable and well behaved in anything we threw at her. The board was great for the bay, almost did not need a depth...sail til you drag the board and turn away.

Quality throughout, and great support from the factory on my old boat. Ours had a generator and decent air. Westerbeke was easy to fix and get parts for (can get the same parts cheaper elsewhere)

Of all the boats I have owned, current one included - she was the favorite hands down...
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When I was narrowing my list I joined all the owners groups of the boats was considering. The Sabre group (email list) was by far the most active and friendly group of all of them. I was very impressed with the community of Sabre owners. I would recommend joining that list and reading their archives. I am sure they would have great information for you.

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If it was well maintained, I don't think you can go wrong with a sabre.
They are still making boats, the support is good, they hold their value well.

Mine sails great!

I am rebuilding the chainplate bulkheads now after 25 years. But this was a result of some neglect. obtain a good survey and you will have a great vessel.
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Hi and Thanks for the info.
That's the info I was hoping for.
I'll be sure to check the mast supports on any boats we look at.
Also, Raindog, Thanks for the heads up on the Sabre group over on Yahoo.
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