Back on the market! Le Saberage had an excellent survey BUT surveyors and insurance companies increasingly want to see new standing rigging if the age of the current standing rigging is over 10 years old (or if the age is unknown) even if (as in our case) no defects are visible. The buyer didn’t want to take on the work of getting it replaced, so he backed out. We can replace it for the next owner but per the survey it’s not a requirement, more of a recommendation.
Offered for sale is Le Saberage, a lovingly restored 1989 Sabre 42. She was sold new to her first owners on the Great Lakes and spent the majority of her life up north. Her second owners moved from the great lakes to the Chesapeake a few years before her current owners bought her in the fall of 2014. Today she is berthed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she is enjoyed on weekend cruises and as a second home / home office.
For those who are not familiar with Sabre sailboats, they are arguably the finest production sailboats ever made. Designed to be racer-cruisers, Sabres are premium yachts offering excellent craftsmanship, terrific sailing characteristics and sturdy blue water construction. In the years since Le Saberage was made, the industry has transitioned to focus almost exclusively on lower-priced coastal cruisers for owners with limited passage making or racing ambitions. Today’s hull forms often emphasize interior volume at the expense of sailing performance, especially downwind performance. Intense price competition has also resulted in more economical construction techniques prevailing on today’s cruising boats. By contrast, Sabres were hand crafted in Maine with no expense spared: each piece of interior furnishing – including all structural bulkheads – are hand fiberglassed directly to the hull on Le Saberage. This “stick built” construction method is almost exclusively reserved for the highest-end custom sailing yachts. Today no high volume production cruising sailboats are made the same way.
There is no single “best way” to design and build s sailboat, so boat shoppers need to define and focus on their individual priorities when making a purchase. For sailors who are looking for outstanding sailing characteristics on every point of sail, who demand rock-solid blue-water construction, and for whom pride of ownership is a primary concern, the Sabre 42 is an excellent choice. And Le Saberage is by a considerable margin the finest Sabre 42 on the market today.
See the links at the top of the page for video and photo tours of Le Saberage.