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sabre 38 and options

Hi all,

Thinking of purchasing a Sabre 38 mkll.
They seem beautifully built boats with a timeless elegance that I like.
Any other options out there for consideration, must have two sleeping cabins, be capable offshore, sailable by husband and wife and around the 100k mark.

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+1 for the Sabre 38 MKII!

Greetings Andrew:

Having owned a 1990 Sabre 38 MKII Keel/CB since she was new and having cruised her extensively, I would say without hesitation go with the Sabre! Excellent boats with solid construction. Just watch for mast step drainage troubles causing moisture/delamination in the cabin sole. Let me know if I can answer other questions for you.

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Bristol 38.8 or maybe a J-40

Another boat in the same size and speed range. PHRF-NE 114 (Sabre) vs 126 Bristol. The J-40 is speedier boat, but doesn't have the Classic look" as the Sabre/Bristol. If you want keep it below 40 feet, a J-37 is mini J40.

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Hi all,

Thinking of purchasing a Sabre 38 mkll.
They seem beautifully built boats with a timeless elegance that I like.
Any other options out there for consideration, must have two sleeping cabins, be capable offshore, sailable by husband and wife and around the 100k mark.

Thanks and kind regards,

Andrew.
The Sabre 38-2 would be at the top of my short list, also!
The Ericson 38-200 deserves a look as well-- meeting all of your listed criteria.

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I've also been admiring the Sabre, both the MK I & II.
There seems to be a wide range in prices being asked, not sure why.
Are there any issues on the C/B model that we should watch for ? Just ret'd from a charter in the bahamas and shoal draft or C/B is req'd.
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A boat with similar build quality, great looks and is more commonly available than the Sabre is the Sparkman and Stephens designed Tartan 37. They are likely to be a few years older than the 38 though as I think the T37 design predates the S38 by several years.

The accomodations on the T37 are pretty similar to the Sabre 38 as I remember. I looked at both when I was looking to move up from my 32' boat but the Sabre 38's that were in my price range needed too much work, my wife thought the Sabre 36 wasn't roomy enough and the Tartan 37's we looked at never had the right combination of equipment and condition to win us over, even though we both think its among the most attractive fiberglass boats out there.

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Thanks guys,
The sabre indeed is a beautiful boat and all advice noted.
I am also looking at the Wauquiez 38's in comparison and will follow with a new thread.
Thanks, Andrew.
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