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Might buy a Saber 34'

6139 Views 9 Replies 8 Participants Last post by  k7el
I've just found out that a Saber 34 is available in my area for under 10K. I'll be getting more info tomorrow and possibly looking at it this weekend. If so, is there anything other than the mast step and the head/shower bulkhead that I'll need to pay extra attention to?

Please keep in mind that I've never owned a sailboat so this will be a completely new experience for me. In short, use small words, talk/type slow, pictures help... =)

I'm excited that I may join the sailboat club much sooner than I expected but don't want to miss the obvious problems because I'm a novice.

After I look at it, probably with a friend who has some experience and has owned several boats, I will get the survey if it looks like a good deal. As I understand it, the boat has been out every season, fresh water in the Great Lakes and is on the market because they are getting too old for it. Apparently, it's hard for them to even go below on it anymore.

I have no idea what sails, equipment, extras the boat will come with at this time. I'll post more once I've had a look.

Thank you for all input.

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What year make of Sabre 34' is it?
Is the engine still in good shape? (A new engine will cost more than $10K most likely)
Are the sails old & baggy? (New sails for a 34' boat can run $5K)
Chainplates & rigging in good condition? (New standing rigging can run $2K+)
Old electronics are old electronics that likely don't work. You can add new stuff on at your leisure but still not cheap.
Is the head & holding tank in good order? does it smell bad?
Condition of bottom? decks (not spongy)?

Owning a boat is like having a girlfriend or two with endless "honey-do" lists.
That said, Sabre is a well respected brand and < $10k for a 34' boat is a bargain if there are no big "gotchas".
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