I plan I seeing this boat tomorrow.
What is the deal with centerboards?
The dealer is going to check if the pivot pin was replaced at the same time as the pennant.
Do they make noise underway?
I have heard that the Sabre has a cored hull above the waterline.
I have heard that their construction is not as good as their reputation would assume.
It is supposed to be a mediocre performer and relies on a large jib which Jeff has taught me makes it a lot more work to sail.
The broker’s description indicated a fin keel. Unless I missed something, this does not appear to be a centerboard boat. If it is a CB boat and has been properly maintained, there is little basis for anxiety, but you should verify the condition of pin and pennant as part of the survey.
Regarding the Sabre 36 construction, we chartered one in the Virgin Islands in 1998 and dealt with some snotty conditions. We did not have any concern for boat construction, but did fault the charter company for blown out sails (whoever heard of a main without battens?)
BTW, I’ve had CB boats for 25 yrs and my current swing keel boat for the past 22 years. The CB boats (a day sailer and a 2500# displacement catboat) did experience some CB wiggle in sloppy seas, but there was never a problem. Our current boat has a ~3000# swing keel and rarely makes a sound—you have to be in really sloppy conditions to sense theres a moveable structure down there.
Our 1990 vintage sailboat has balsa-cored hull and deck and we’ve had absolutely no problems. In fact, balsa-cored hulls are much stiffer (no oil-canning) that solid FG and are usually the mark of a higher quality builder.
One last comment: We’ve sailed out of Mystic since 1971 from a shallow water dock (which is the primary reason we acquired CB/swing keel boats), but we have found shallow draft is a real convenience in southern NE waters. The transient anchorages in the Mystic River, for example, are not very accommodating for 6’ draft—better if you have <4’. The fairway through the Noank anchorage has a controlling depth of about 4’ and can save you some time if you are coming from/going to the East. Likewise, shallow draft can substantially shorten your path to the Watch Hill/ Napatree anchorage. Harbors, like BI salt pond, inner Cuttyhunk harbor, and even Provincetown, are bigger if you can deal with skinny water. The entrance to Lake Tashmoo, too, is less worrysome if you draw less than 6’. We have found ourselves in about 4’ of water in the anchorage at Nantucket on several trips there. We draw 6’ with the keel down—which is our normal sailing configuration—but can retract our “landing gear” (including swing rudder) to draw about 2’. We once were towed into Cuttyhunk (raw water pump issue) and the ONLY place to park in the inner harbor, with the NY Yacht Club cruise in town, was a slip at the Town dock with 3’ at MLW. Being able to reduce our draft is reassuring when we are in unfamiliar waters and the bottom is coming up. During our delivery trip from FL many years ago, we touched bottom several times where we expected more depth, based on the charts.