I am the current owner of a Sabre 28 MK II and love the boat, but need more room.
We have been shopping for a Sabre 34 MK II or a 36 MK I with a centerboard. At this time I think I have found a 34 MK II that I am thinking of bidding on. My concern is that in the near future I will regret that we did not go for the 36.
I'm wondering if anyone can point out major differences between the two boats, and significant reasons that we should consider one over the other. From what I can see as far as specs, it seems like the 34 MK II may be a bit more tender, and not as comfortable.
What will I regret in the 34?
I realize this thread was a couple weeks ago, but I'll chime in anyway. As others may have said, the condition of the boat is far more important than those 2 feet. When we were searching, we would have bought anything from a Sabre 30 Mk III, to Sabre 32, to 34 Mk I (all in our price range). We ended up with the 34 because we found one in great condition. That said, every time you go up a couple feet, everything gets more expensive--sails, slips, bottom paint, hardware, anchors, etc. It adds up quickly.
As for being tender, our 34-I is more tender initially than similar sized beamy flat-bottomed boats I've sailed (Beneteau, Catalina, etc.). However, once it heals initially, it locks in quite nicely, and overall it sails much better. I can't provide a comparison for you though of the S34-II vs. S36-I.
I'm not saying you shouldn't go for a 36, just that condition should be the primary consideration.
Good luck with the search!