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Sabre 28/30 for a newer sailor?

My wife and I are thinking of getting our first real boat for next season, after a lot of looking we both keyed in on the Sabre 28 or 30 as potentials over competing models (Catalina, Pearson, et al.)

Are these reasonable boats for a first time owner? I've done dinghy sailing and am doing my ASA101 this summer.

I'm drawn to the (seemingly) higher build quality of these boats, does that seem to result in fewer issues overall?
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The Sabre's are nice boats and the ones you mention would be good first boats. Nothing wrong with a Catalina or Pearson (or Cal or Tartan or C&C or etc.) either. For an older boat which it sounds like you are looking at, condition and maintenance is more important than the builder. A little info on your budget and what you want to do (daysail, cruise, race, etc.) would be helpful.

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A little info on your budget and what you want to do (daysail, cruise, race, etc.) would be helpful.
Coastal cruising and daysailing, budget would LIKE to be $25k or under but could stretch for the right one.
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That's a decent budget for a 28-30 footer. You should be able to find a nice one from the 80s and even early 90s. And this time of year owners will be a bit more flexible on price if they have had their boat on the market since spring and it hasn't sold. Boats I like in that size and price range in addition to the Sabre's include the Cal 28, J30, Tartan 3000, and O'Day 30.

A friend has this J30 on the market. Pretty nice boat and fairly priced.
1983 J Boats Inc J 30 sailboat for sale in New York

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A friend has this J30 on the market. Pretty nice boat and fairly priced. 1983 J Boats Inc J 30 sailboat for sale in New York
That's a beauty... isn't a J boat more racing oriented, though?
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That's a beauty... isn't a J boat more racing oriented, though?
The J30 is more performance oriented than a C30 or Sabre 30, but as you can see from the photos she has a pretty decent interior for couple cruising. IIRC there were two cockpit versions offered.. the original 'racy - sit on deck' cockpit and also one with better seating and coamings. Unclear which one this is from the photos.

As you get more proficient at sailing I think you'd appreciate the J's better sailing qualities. That said, though, it's pretty hard to beat a Catalina 30 as a stable, roomy family cruising boat.
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The J30 I linked to is one of the later ones with a cockpit with "real" coamings. It's a racer/cruiser, not an all-out racer. The similar J29 from the same era is much more of a racer. I have sailed on this particular boat many times over the years and it is fast, good in light air, and handles heavier weather surprisingly well.
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The J30 I linked to is one of the later ones with a cockpit with "real" coamings. It's a racer/cruiser, not an all-out racer. The similar J29 from the same era is much more of a racer. I have sailed on this particular boat many times over the years and it is fast, good in light air, and handles heavier weather surprisingly well.
It does look well suited, I'll see if it has WAF.
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.... I'll see if it has WAF.
Had me for a bit.... "WAF".. wife approval factor???

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Had me for a bit.... "WAF".. wife approval factor???
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