Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Wakefield, RI
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Re: Sabre 28/30 for a newer sailor?
My wife and I purchased a 1986 Sabre 30 III last fall - our first boat, after two years of learning in dinghies of various types. Like you, we were attracted to the overall build quality, and I also like the somewhat better sailing characteristics compared to the admittedly roomier Catalina 30.
If you're looking at the 30s, I think you'll have a tough time finding what you want for $25k, but maybe you'll have better luck than we did. We purchased last October, maybe cheaper this time of year? Our hull, deck, engine and sails were all in great shape (ok, just good for the sails), but we needed to do some rigging work, and a lot of the plumbing had been neglected. We bought the cheapest version we could find that had the big four (hull, deck, engine, sails) well maintained, and we've ended up investing a fair amount more money and time in fixing a lot of the creature comfort bits that had not been properly cared for. At this point, I ask myself whether or not we saved any money going with the low price option. I think the answer is no, but I at least know that everything that I've fixed is in great shape now rather than hoping that we wouldn't discover hidden problems with a boat that appeared to be turn-key. Of course, your mileage may vary...
In any case, I'm happy to share more about our experience. Drop me a PM if you like.