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1987 Sabre 42

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Refurbishments: The partnership from which we bought the boat made the following investments in 1995, 1996 and 1997:

  • Hatch and Port Screens
  • Dodger and Bimini
  • CQR and rode
  • Profurl Roller Furler
  • Genoa
  • Full Batten Main sail w/ Lazy Jacks and Mast Slide
  • Teak cockpit table
  • Shaft and Autoprop
  • Cutlass bearing
  • Vinylester layer below water line
  • Repair forward bulkhead (port side)
  • Repair main salon sole
  • Air Conditioning 12k BTU
  • Yanmar Engine
  • Refinish Teak in and out
  • Overhead Hatches
  • New Salon Cushions, Other cushions reupholstered
  • SS Dorades
  • SS Hot water heater
  • Refrigeration: Engine and 100v AC driven
  • Topsides Awlgrip/Imron
  • Masthead TV Antenna
  • New internal mast wiring
  • Mast pulled and paint touched up

Our best guess is that the retail value of this refit would be $30,000 - $40,000.

Ratio Analysis: The analysis is based on a Cruising World (April 1998) article by John Holtrop.  The essay makes interesting reading.  The preferred and acceptable ratio ranges are of his choosing.   The article lists boats in his data base which would be 'acceptable' long range cruisers on his scoring system.  Some boats which made it onto his list I would not own, let alone take to sea.  The ranges he has chosen appear to be most consistent with a blue water cruiser that you intend to take arond the great capes of the southern ocean.  Needless to say, one must add experience and judgement to any mechanical scoring method.  And finally, ask yourself what you are going to do with the boat you own, both in the near term and in the longer term.

For our Sabre 42:
Sail Area  766 square feet
Displacement 19200 lbs
Ballast 8200 lbs
Draft  4'9"  8'6"
LOA 41'9"
LWL  34'
Beam 12'8"

Ratio Sabre 42 Pearson 424 Bristol 41.1 Preferred Acceptable
D/L 218 246 320 278-323 233-368
SA/D 17.16 15.26 14.27 15.34-16.66 14.01-17.99
Velocity Ratio 1.09 1.04 1.01 1.05-1.09 1.00-1.14
Comfort factor 27.6 26.9 38.1 30.6-39.4 21.9-48.1
Capsize Risk 1.8 1.8 1.7 <1.8 <2.01

Lower D/L => higher performance and quick response, but less load carrying capacity.

Higher SA/D => more sail power.  If the rig is too powerful will your crew be worn down by sail changes?

Higher Velocity Ratio => greater speed under sail.

Capsize Risk penalizes light boats, rewards wide boats, and does not account for the location of the center of gravity.

Comfort Factor favors boats with lots of overhang and less beam.  The greater the number, the more comfortable the motion in a seaway.

It is useful to put the figures for our boat in context.  It is less than 10% lighter than the Pearson 424, but more than 20% lighter than the Bristol 41.1, both of which we considered in our search for a boat.  It carries somewhat more sail than the Pearson, but less than the Bristol.  To get the Bristol velocity ratio up close to ours would require a lot more sail.  The Sabre is less beamy than either of the other two.

Work we have done in 1998

Replace two dome lights and Nav station light
Rebuild cabinet in forward head
Rewire courtesy light in port settee
Rewire light in engine box
New access port cover in anchor locker
New socket for port water tank hold down bar
Replace two Beckson port screens
Replace one Beckson port window
Rebuild and rewire original bilge pump
Rebuild galley sink faucet
Drill and tap bases for forward pulpit
New screen for forward hatch
New Lazarette cushion
Inserts and cushions for cockpit settees
New electronic thermometer - barometer
Replace refrigerator box drain pump
Replace broken cabinet latches
Rehang cabin doors
Replace forward waste diverter valve
Rebuild aft holding tank pump
Replace battery tie-downs
Replace broken lifeline fittings
Rebed shrouds and backstay chain plates
Rebed water tank deck fills
Replace Raritan Converter with Heart Interface Marine 15
Install Balmar 91-100 Alternator

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Two views of the salon

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The Nav station and galley

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The aft cabin and in the slip at Tidewater Yacht Services

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One of the Bay's beautiful swimmers

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At Anchor

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