With the Great Recession behind us (hope-fully), more manufacturers are building new boats from the keel up, not just making modifications or enhancements to existing models. Case in point: the Sabre 48 Salon Express, a Down East-style cruiser with twin Zeus pods and joystick helm control.“This is our third Zeus model,” says Bentley Collins, vice president of marketing and sales for Sabre. “The Zeus pods have allowed us to increase accommoda-tions, so we have a very comfortable two-cabin layout with a third utility space that can be a crew quarters or a third stateroom for guests.”
Another big plus, of course, is the joystick, says Col-lins. “We have customers who thought a boat of this size was out of their reach in terms of confidence and their ability to handle it,” he says. “Now they feel in total con-trol and even will show off their skills at the marina.
”The 48 bridges the gap between the Sabre 42 Express and its two 54-footers, the Salon Express and Flybridge Sedan. “Our owners of 42s, 40s and 38s were not quite prepared to jump up to a 54,” says Collins. “They were looking for a boat in the middle.
”Sabre designed the 48 Salon Express with a particular customer in mind, he says. “It’s a great boat for dedi-cated boaters and couples whose kids are grown and left home and have their own children,” says Collins. “We’re talking about mature boaters who have been on the water for 25-plus years.”
The Maine builder had sold nine and delivered five 48s as of mid-September, says Collins. Sabre uses resin infusion and either PVC or end-grain balsa core in the fiberglass sandwich construction of the hull, decks, hardtop and small components, says Collins.
The starboard-side helm is open to the saloon. A large window and the cabin’s glass door make it seem as if the cabin and cockpit are one space. The galley is below to port, with one of the two staterooms directly across from it. The other stateroom is forward. Two heads with showers separate the staterooms.
In the performance department, the twin CMD 550-hp diesels give the boat a top end of 34 knots, with a com-fortable cruise in the mid-20-knot range, says Collins. The boat carries 500 gallons of fuel and gets around 0.7 nmpg, with a range of 347 nautical miles, at 23 knots.
LOA: 47 feet, 6 inches
BEAM: 15 feet, 4 inches
DRAFT: 3 feet, 9 inches
DISPLACEMENT: 34,700 pounds
HULL TYPE: modified-vee
ENGINES: twin CMD QSC 8.3-liter 550-hp diesels, Zeus 3800 pods
SPEED: 34 knots (top); 23 knots (cruising)
TRANSOM DEADRISE: 14 degrees
TANKAGE: 500 gallons fuel, 160 gallons water, 70 gallons waste
PRICE: $920,000 ($1.15 million with electronics, dinghy lift and other common options)
Contact: Sabre Yachts, South Casco, Maine,
Phone: (207) 655-3831
This article originally appeared in the November 2011 issue.
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