Boats built in Maine have a tradition of premium craftsmanship and classic American style, and the models produced by this Raymond-based yard are no exception. Sabre is quick to boast about the pride its craftsmen take in producing each semi-custom model. That pride is evident in the details, joinery and lovely lines of these Downeast-style boats that the company has dubbed “fast trawlers.”
Today, the motor yacht range consists of models from 38 to 54 feet in length, and configurations include Salon Express and Fly Bridge styles. In addition to exceptional engineering and detail work, the boats offer impressive performance, as each model cruises between 20 and 25 knots and offers a top-end speed of 30 knots plus. Sabre also manufacturers performance sailing yachts of medium displacement designed for blue water.
Sabre turned to Jim Taylor to design a daysailor with the style and elegance of sailing yachts of a bygone era, and added to the design mandate blending the performance of a youthful sport boat with "grown-up" ease of handling available with today's modern sailing hardware. To merely use a number to describe such a boat seemed inadequate, and so the name "Spirit" was chosen to better describe the very essence of this yacht.
The overhangs of the Spirit's hull convey a traditional elegance, while her nominally narrow beam allows her to sail beautifully and responsively. As is typical of all Sabre yachts, deck hardware and fittings are of the highest standards. Her carbon spar, chosen for added performance and increased stability, is provided by Hall Spars, a 20 year supplier. Below deck, a standard sail drive engine reduces vibration and increases propulsion efficiency. Keels and rudder, designed by Jim Taylor Yacht Design, offer the latest in technology and performance.
The Spirit's deck is stylish and uncluttered. Her simple sailing rig consists of an easily managed self-tacking jib and a conventional mainsail to ensure optimum performance. Her furling jib is attached on to a below-deck furler, so that only the sail is visible above the deck line, and her mainsheet is led from an aft deck traveler to the helm, allowing short or single handed sailing with little effort. Custom toe rails, stem head fitting, mooring chocks and cleats all add to the graceful beauty of her lines. Her cockpit is long and hospitable and offers comfortable seating for her owners and guests.
Below there is a simple yet elegant layout built with the Maine craftsmanship and quality for which Sabre Yachts is so well known, such as dovetailed drawer boxes, inlaid steps and tables, and laminated trims. A fully functional galley is found to port of the companionway and to starboard is an enclosed head. Her navigational/chart table is forward and to port at the forward end of the salon. Her salon offers twin port and starboard settees which surround an inlaid centerline drop leaf table. A traditional teak and holly sole adds warmth to this elegant cabin. And at the forward bulkhead a ring frame surrounds the opening to the forward cabin sleeping accommodation.