Sabre Yachts next summer will launch its largest model ever — a 66-footer with twin Volvo Penta IPS pod drives, three staterooms and the builder’s highest level of luxury. “We’ve taken it one step further in terms of luxury, convenience, quality, and fit and finish,” says vice president of marketing and sales Bentley Collins. “People are going to get a real Rolls-Royce of a Down East boat.”
The South Casco, Maine, company will offer the only U.S.-built Down East-style cruising powerboat in the 66 Dirigo’s size range, says Collins. The yacht will be a good fit for cruisers who want to “spend time exploring the entire East Coast, from Newfoundland to Key West,” he says. “The typical owners might be snowbirds who want to cruise north and south, take voyages to the Bahamas and Virgin Islands, and explore the ICW.”
Hull No. 1 — being built for a longtime Sabre owner — will be introduced in August. It will feature an electric swim platform that can raise and lower (and hold a tender), deckhouse windows that open and close under electric power and top-shelf appliances from Sub-Zero.
Accommodations include a full-beam master stateroom amidships, a VIP stateroom forward and a guest stateroom to port, with the galley opposite. The staterooms each have double berths and private heads with separate showers.
The command center sits on a raised platform with a centerline helm and twin pedestal seats. The large deckhouse windows and aft glass door allow an abundance of natural light. The saloon, with its port-side wraparound settee and twin starboard-side chairs, separates the bridge from the cockpit, which also has wraparound seating, flanked by twin transom boarding doors.
With twin Volvo Penta IPS1200s (900-hp, 6-cylinder diesels) the 66 Dirigo will have a range of about 400 nautical miles, says Collins. “She’ll cruise at a good pace of about 25 knots, with a top speed of 30 knots,” he says, adding that dirigo — Maine’s state motto — is Latin for “I lead.”
LOA: 67 feet
BEAM: 18 feet, 1 inch
DRAFT: 5 feet
DISPLACEMENT: 82,500 pounds
HULL TYPE: modified-vee
ENGINES: twin Volvo Penta IPS1200s
SPEED: 30 knots top, 25 knots cruise
DEADRISE: 16 degrees
TANKAGE: 1,000 gallons fuel, 300 gallons water
PRICE: $3 million (base with twin IPS1200s)
CONTACT: Sabre Yachts, South Casco, Maine
PHONE: (207) 655-3831.
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January 2015 issue