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Question Sabre 34 Cored Hull ?

I have an offer in on a 1981 Sabre 34 Hull #138 Can anyone tell me if it's a solid lay up or balsa cored Hull?
Thanks, I look forward to any pointers as the survey is this week!
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Solid hull...balsa cored decks should be checked carefully.
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Thanks, If you have anything in particular you think is a common problem to look for I'd appreciate any information available. I've been told the quality of a Sabre is what allows them to hold value and I like the layout both above and below decks, but I don't want my fondness for the boat to cloud my judgement... it's probably going to be my last boat and I'm willing to spend money on it to get it in shape but I don't want to invest in something not worth the investment.
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As noted, hull is a solid layup. Check the foredeck, particularly around cleats and chain locker. Look inside chain locker at bulkhead to ensure no rot. A bit of sotness on the foredeck was the only problem noted in my 82 MkI (#161). Enjoy
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Check out the support under the mast step

I ultimately purchased a 1982 Sabre 34 Mk I. I have been extremely happy with it. The one thing I noted in checking out several Sabre 34s was the spot under the mast step. The support under the mast step is formed by several fir pieces arranged vertically under the step area. The fir pieces were not epoxied, and often go soft from water absorbtion.

You can check for possible damage by looking in the center of the bilge area in the head shower sump. Also check for water absorbtion by the head bulkhead in the same area.

It's a great sailing boat. Best of luck.
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I ultimately purchased a 1982 Sabre 34 Mk I. I have been extremely happy with it. The one thing I noted in checking out several Sabre 34s was the spot under the mast step. The support under the mast step is formed by several fir pieces arranged vertically under the step area. The fir pieces were not epoxied, and often go soft from water absorbtion.

You can check for possible damage by looking in the center of the bilge area in the head shower sump. Also check for water absorbtion by the head bulkhead in the same area.

It's a great sailing boat. Best of luck.
I absolutely second this!

My mast step was good... PO had made modifications as well to allow water that enters the mast to drain into the bilge.

My shower bulkhead however needs work. Definitely NOT a show stopper. Love the boat.

Lastly check the decks with a moisture meter with special attention around the forward windows. If the PO didn't take care of the seals water could intrude into the deck from there.

All in all.. a fantastically built boat and I'm really pleased with the purchase.
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Re: Sabre 34 Cored Hull ?

HI
I too am starting the search for a new toy, and was a little foggy on the benefits/ liability of cored hulls. Do older sabre (late 80's early 90's ) use polyester or vinyl ester resin
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Re: Sabre 34 Cored Hull ?

Hi rmw2007,
In the early 80s they were using polyester resin, then switched to vinylester, I believe somewhere around 1985 or 1986. For instance, I know that my 1984 Sabre 34-I has polyester, while the 1986 Sabre 30-III had vinylester. I'm not exactly sure of the moment they made the switch. Someone here might know for sure.

Also, if you're interested in a particular boat, you can contact Sabre Yachts directly and ask them via email about that specific boat. They have people there who worked there way back when, plus they have records. They should be able to tell you for sure.

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Sabre 34 Cored Hull ?

Agree with all.

Call/ email Sabre. They definitely will reply.

Ditto the mast step problem. Our 38 seems to have had the problem but the PO fixed it and put in a new teak/ holly floor. I think that I bought the floor and the rest of the boat came with it.

1980's Sabres are great boats. We've owned 2.
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Re: Sabre 34 Cored Hull ?

Josrulz and sabreman
Thanks for the advise
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