Sabre Yachts has been crafting sail and motor
yachts for over 30 years and has built over 2,300 hulls to date. Sabre currently builds
four sailboat models from 36 to 45 feet in length under the Sabre name; and six powerboat
models from 34 to 47 feet in length using the Sabreline name. Sabre sail and motor yachts
are sold worldwide, through a network of competent, professional dealers who are chosen
for their reputation, location, and visibility within a local market and for the quality
of their sales and after sales service.
Sabre's two manufacturing facilities are
located in Raymond, Maine, approximately 25 miles north of Portland, and a little over two
hours from Boston. In the 83,750 square foot facility in Raymond, 150 Associates build all
sail and powerboat models.
In 1994, Sabre acquired North End Marine
of Rockland, Maine, a major builder of marine molds and production fiberglass parts. The
companys name was changed to North End Composites in 1996 and it has since
diversified into industrial, commercial and architectural composite construction while
maintaining an active presence in the marine mold making and part production business, for
Sabre as well as for other boat builders.
The Sabre story began in 1970, when the
company's founder, Roger Hewson, set out to build the finest possible 28-foot sailing
yacht using production line methods and fiberglass technology. In a small, 4,000 square
foot building, with a handful of employees and a vast amount of market research which he
had done on the marine industry, he designed and built the first Sabre 28, and introduced
it to the market at the 1971 Newport Boat Show in Newport, RI. The boat was a success, and
over the next fifteen years, 588 Sabre 28's were built.
The 28 was followed by the Sabre 34 in
1976, the Sabre 30 in 1979, the Sabre 38 in 1981 and the Sabre 32 and 36 in 1984. The
Sabre 42, which later evolved into the Sabre 425, was introduced in 1986. The current
sailboat range consists of three Jim Taylor/Sabre Design Team collaborations, the Sabre
362, Sabre 402 and Sabre 452. A new Sabre 426 is due for introduction in September of
2003. Each of the current models has won the prestigious Boat of the Year Award from
Cruising World Magazine in its year of introduction. A complete list of Sabre models
and their dates of introduction can be found at the end of this document.
In 1989 Sabre sought to broaden its
market and created the first Sabreline 36 "Fast Trawler", a tri-cabin motoryacht
with the spaciousness and comfort of the trawler design but with substantially better
performance than traditional trawler hulls. The 36 aft cabin design was followed with a 34
fly bridge sedan in 1990, and the Sabreline 43 and 47 aft cabin motoryachts in 1994. The
36 foot Express Cruiser was introduced in the fall of 1996 and a 42 Fly Bridge Sedan was
introduced in the summer of 2000. The fall of 2001 saw the introduction of a 36 foot Sedan
configured on the proven hull of the 36 Express MK II.
Through the years Sabre has listened
carefully to its owners and dealers, and has constantly refined each product with a Model
Year Improvement Program. Client surveys, participation in owner's associations, and
annual owner's reunions have allowed Sabre to remain abreast of the market and in touch
with existing and prospective customer's needs.
A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE
The Sabre work force are men and women
who take tremendous pride in their work and are sensitive to the marine tradition of the
State - hence the companys motto, "Crafted in the Maine Tradition". Most
of our Associates are capable of working in all the different phases of building boats,
and have a full understanding of the influence that their job has on the quality of the
final product. Nearly one third of Sabre's Associates have been with the Company for over
a decade, and many have celebrated their second decade with the company.
Quarterly meetings and regular team
luncheons are used to update Associates on market conditions and the Company's competitive
position. Safety concerns, along with production and quality issues, are discussed at
these meetings, as is the Sabre Gain Share Program which allows Associates to be rewarded
for meeting production and quality objectives. Warranty claims are used as an offset to
the Gain Share pool. Significant tenure anniversaries are also celebrated at these
Sabre stresses excellence at all stages
of the boat building operation. Low employment turnover, an emphasis on safe procedures
and cross training, and a thorough awareness of each models competitive position in the
marketplace, have enabled Sabre to meet high standards of excellence in manufacturing and
design, and to adapt to changing business conditions.
Our search for excellence does not end at
our doors. Our suppliers are also chosen for their reputation and the excellence of the
products they manufacture. Industry leaders such as Yanmar, Hall Spar, Sea Frost, Sub
Zero, Lewmar, Westerbeke, Edson, Harken and Bennett, to name just a few, are chosen for
their high quality and product recognition.
The production of every Sabre yacht is
monitored by an extensive and thorough Quality Assurance program. Each boat has a
"Boat Parent" who is an office staff Associate and who follows the boat through
the production process, acting as the "eyes" of the consumer. All purchased
parts and sub-assemblies are checked as they enter production and each boat is given a
600-point inspection during six separate stages of the building process. As the yacht
nears completion, a 12 page report is prepared by Sabre's Head Inspector, along with a
full technical inspection of all mechanical and electrical systems. And as a final check,
a Gold Inspection is performed by a the Boat Parent. This inspection is unstructured and
is meant to judge the overall quality, feel and appearance of the boat.
Once the yacht arrives at the dealership,
a detailed Commissioning check list is completed by the dealer, and a detailed report sent
back to Sabre Yachts. This schedule ensures us that all systems were functioning to
Sabre's satisfaction and standard when the yacht was delivered into service.
As clients and dealers report issues back
to Sabre's After Sales Service staff, no matter how large or small, a Customer Quality
Report (CQR) is developed and circulated to all members of Management and Engineering, as
well as to all Production Associates effected by the report.
THE SABRE DESIGN CONCEPT - SAILING YACHTS
Sabre sailing yachts are designed to be
performance cruising yachts, blending the comfort of cruising, the capacity for bluewater
passagemaking, but also capable of competitive racing and winning club regattas.
Sabre's first design, the Sabre 28, was
developed from an extensive tank testing program at Stevens Institute. Today, Computer
Aided Design techniques and performance prediction programs have allowed Sabre to take the
latest Jim Taylor hull designs directly from the drawing board to the tooling stage.
Sabre's design developments have been evolutionary as opposed to revolutionary, and have
always remained true to the design philosophy of performance and traditional styling
balanced with safety and comfort. Jim Taylor's work is primarily in hull design,
underwater appendage and basic rig plans, and is complemented by the Sabre Design Team,
headed by George Menezes, in developing the full details of the deck and interior
Sabre sailing yachts are designed for a
high load carrying capacity, and stability is achieved both by hull form and by high
ballast-to-displacement ratios. Efficient keel shapes allow optimum lift and provide
excellent performance and close upwind pointing angles.
Sail plans are developed to offer the
best possible balance of light air performance and heavy weather stability. Sail areas are
selected to allow a full mainsail and 150% genoa to be comfortably carried up to 14 knots
of wind. This "rule of thumb" will vary depending on the sail cut and rig
tension of individual boats.
Sabre's designs are not wet race boats
nor are they heavy displacement "tanks". They are comfortable, fast and highly
refined yachts, which evoke a pride of ownership and are a true pleasure to sail.
THE SABRELINE MOTORYACHT DESIGN CONCEPT
The Sabreline range is a development of
the style and comfort of the traditional "Downeast style" yacht blended with the
performance of a contemporary motoryacht. Typical cruising speeds, with average weight
conditions and sea state, are in the 20 knot range and top speeds, with average load
conditions are around 30 knots. Higher speeds are available on some specific models.
At low engine speeds, the Sabreline range
is very fuel efficient and at speeds of 8-10 knots, where typical trawler yachts operate,
low speed gunkholing is a pleasure. But when conditions or time allow for higher speed,
the performance of the Sabreline deep-vee hulls truly comes into it's own.
In rough sea conditions, the spray rails
and chines of the Sabreline hull keep the deck and windshield dry.
The range encompasses two aft cabin
motoryachts, the 43 and 47. The largest design, the Sabreline 47, is an aft cockpit
motoryacht and the smallest. The 36 Express Cruiser, a departure from the fundamental
concepts of the range, has the same stability and handling characteristics of her
Sabreline cousins but, with a considerably lower displacement weight and lower center of
gravity, the 36 Express will run at speeds up to 35 knots. The latest additions to the
line are the 36 and 42 Sedans which are available with or without fly bridges and an
optional extended hard top which covers the cockpit area is also available.
This diversity of product styles makes
the Sabreline range one of the most flexible and versatile ranges in the boating industry
Sabre Sailing Yachts and Their Years of Production
Sabre 28 I Hull #1 - 199 Built 1970-75
Sabre 28 II Hull #212-#539 Built 1976-82
Sabre 28 III Hull #540 - #588 Built 1983-86
Sabre 30 I Hull #1 - #100 Built 1979-82.
Sabre 30 II Hull #101 - #136 Built 1983-85
Sabre 30 III Hull #137 - #244 Built 1986-93
Sabre 32 Hull #1- #87 Built 1983-87
Sabre 34 I Hull #1 - #255 Built 1976-85
Sabre 34 II Hull #256 - #430 Built 1986-91
Sabre 36 Hull #1 - #106 Built from 1985-90
Sabre 362 Hull #107 - present. Introduced 1993
Sabre 38 I Hull #1 - #100 and #104 Built 1981-87
Sabre 38 II Hull #101 - #215 Built 1988 - 1995
Sabre 402 Hull #001 - present. Introduced 1996
Sabre 42 Hull #1 - #62. Built 1987-89
Sabre 425 Hull #63 - #91 Built 1990-1995
Sabre 426 Introduction September 2002
Sabre 452 Hull #001 - present. Introduced 1998
Sabreline Motoryachts and Their Years of Production
Sabreline 34 Hull #1 - present. Introduced 1991
Sabreline 36 Hull #1 - present (no Hull #13) Introduced 1989
Sabreline 36 Express Hull #051 Hull #106. Introduced 1995
Sabreline 36 Express MKII Hull #107 - present. Introduced 1999
Sabreline 36 Sedan October 2001 to present
Sabreline 42 August 2000 to present
Sabreline 43 Hull #1 - present. Introduced 1995
Sabreline 47 Hull #001 - present. Introduced 1997 Model Year