Filed Under (Boat Reviews) by Debbie on 10-04-2008

Sabre 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.  He designed and built the first Sabre 28, and introduced it to the market in 1971.  The boat was a success, and over the next fifteen years, 588 Sabre 28’s were built.  Sabre no longer produces this boat.  However, as most of us either own or are looking to own an older boat I feel this review is important.

The deck of the Sabre 28 is balsa cored with plywood inserts at stress areas (like the winches).  The hull to deck joint is a fairly standard internal hull flange and through bolted with stainless steel bolts.  All deck hardware is through bolted and backed with aluminum plates to help distribute the load.  All exposed interior fiberglass surfaces (like inside the bilge) are gelcoated or painted.  This is a plus for when you make repairs as fiberglass can really cut up your fingers.

While a tiller was standard on the Sabre about 90% of them were delivered with pedestal wheel steering.  The wheel steering proved to be so popular that the cockpit was redesigned to accommodate it.   The mast is deck stepped.  Mast compression is transferred to the hull structure by a teak compression column in the main bulkhead.  Shroud chainplates are through bolted to the main bulkhead.   The ballast keel is an external lead casting.  Keelbolts are accessible in the bilge for periodic tightening. 

Below deck the living area is nicely arranged.  A v-berth is forward with stowage for clothing.  The head is between the v-berth and the salon with doors that close on each side.  The salon fold down table seats four.  While the Sabre 28 can sleep six, I think that’s just too many people on a boat this size.

The galley is located to starboard and there is a quarter berth to port.  Good stowage in the galley, however the sink is a bit too close to the entry and care should be taken when going below.

The Sabre 28 is a good compromise boat for the guy who wants to race and the gal who wants to cruise.  This boat will most likely appeal to a couple or a small family looking to cruise local waters and along the coast line. 

Sabre has a nice web site with access to information about the older Saber 28’s.  If you’d like to see the specifications ‘click here’.  If you have a Sabre and would like to add to this review, please click on comments below. If you found this helpful, please remember I have a real estate license and if you’re going to buy or sell I’d love to refer a local agent for an interview.  It costs you nothing and if you use them, they pay me a percentage which helps me keep this blog on the web.

9 Comments posted on "Sabre 28 sailboat review"
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Very nice reveiw thank you

Debbie on December 17th, 2011 at 9:36 am #

Thanks Richard,

I always appreciate a pat on the back!

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