Sailing Characteristics

The Sabre 42 is a superb performer on all points of sail. Upwind she is delight – tracking beautifully, cutting smoothly through chop with minimal pitch, and making absolutely no leeway with her draft extended fully to over eight feet.

As the breeze builds she continues to balance out beautifully as the main is reefed down, and even sails with a perfectly balanced helm under jib alone, as shown below. Note the size of the chop and her stubborn refusal to pound even when provoked.

Below is a video of Le Saberage during a lively beat upwind from Annapolis to Rock Hall on the Chesapeake. With the centerboard extended to its full 8’6″ draft she makes quick and fun work of uphill passages like these … yet the board can be raised so she can tuck into shallow anchorages other yachts her size wouldn’t dare to enter. On this occasion that anchorage was cozy little Swan Creek, which was reached just in time to enjoy a rum-and-tonic sundowner at anchor before heading in to town for dinner.

Below: a short video of an exhilarating beam reach to Cat Key just south of Bimini in the Bahamas.

Below, beam reaching to Tangier Island on the Chesapeake in a 20-25 knot westerly. The seller admits that he should have reefed a littler earlier but the way Le Saberage is galloping along in the video may give the reader a sense of why he wasn’t ready to rein her in!

Below: She performs beautifully under spinnaker. She has plenty of rudder for gusty broad reaches and tracks superbly. An asymmetric spinnaker can be tacked to the stem or a guy can be run to pole the tack aft a bit for deeper running.

Below: safety at sea is a function of safe, predictable handling in open ocean conditions. This video was shot during a downwind run in the Atlantic ocean heading northeast toward Block Island in the spring of 2015. Despite winds into the low 20s, Le Saberage is light and easy at the helm, tracks perfectly, and surfs willingly. Note the calm tones of the crew’s voices during their conversation.

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