The Sabre Yachts story
Sabre Yachts has been crafting sail and motor yachts for 40 years and has built over 4,000 hulls to date. Sabre currently builds four sailboat models from 36 to 45 feet in length, and eight powerboat models from 38 to 52 feet in length. All of our composite structures are built using Sabre's VIP Resin Infusion technology. Sabre sail and motor yachts are sold worldwide, through a network of competent, professional dealers who are chosen for their reputation, location, and visibility within a local market and for the quality of their sales and after sales service.
Sabre's manufacturing facilities are located in Raymond, Maine, approximately 25 miles north of Portland, and a little over two hours from Boston. In the 83,750 square foot facility in Raymond, 175 Associates assemble all sail and powerboat models.
In 1994, Sabre acquired North End Marine of Rockland, Maine, at the time, a major builder of marine molds and production fiberglass parts. The company's name was changed to North End Composites in 1996 and today this shop is used for the production of fiberglass hulls and decks for Sabre's larger sail and powerboat models.
The Sabre story 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. In a small, 4,000 square foot building, with a handful of employees and a vast amount of market research which he had done on the marine industry, he designed and built the first Sabre 28, and introduced it to the market at the 1971 Newport Boat Show in Newport, RI. The boat was a success, and over the next fifteen years, 588 Sabre 28's were built.
Many sailboat models followed in the 40 years since the launch of the first Sabre 28 and a complete listing is available in the FAQ section of this web site. Today's sailboat range includes the award winning Jim Taylor/Sabre Design Team collaborations: the Sabre Spirit, the Sabre 386, the Sabre 426 and the Sabre 456. Each of these designs has been recognized by the Boat of the Year Judges in their year of introduction.
In 1989 Sabre sought to broaden its market and created the first Sabre 36 "Fast Trawler", a tri-cabin motoryacht with the spaciousness and comfort of the trawler design but with substantially better performance than traditional trawler hulls. Today more than half of Sabre's production is dedicated to power boats and all models are built on planing, vee hulls. The current range includes the Sabre 38 Express, Sabre 40 Sedan and Fly Bridge, the Sabre 42 Express and Fly Bridge, the Sabre 46 Salon Express and Sabre 52 Salon Express and Fly bridge
Through the years Sabre has listened carefully to its owners and dealers, and has constantly refined each product with a Model Year Improvement Program. Client surveys, participation in owners associations (PDF), and annual owner's reunions have allowed Sabre to remain abreast of the market and in touch with existing and prospective customer's needs.
A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE
The Sabre work force consists of men and women who take tremendous pride in their work and are sensitive to the marine tradition of the State - hence the company's motto, "Crafted in the Maine Tradition". Most Associates are capable of working in all of the different phases of boat building, and have a full understanding of the influence that their jobs have on the quality of the final product. Nearly one third of Sabre's Associates have been with the Company for over a decade, and many have celebrated their second decade with the company.
Quarterly meetings and regular team luncheons are used to update Associates on market conditions and the company's competitive position. Safety concerns, along with production and quality issues, are discussed at these meetings, as is the Sabre Gain Share Program which allows Associates to be rewarded for meeting production and quality objectives. Warranty claims are used as an offset to the Gain Share pool. Significant tenure anniversaries are also celebrated at these meetings.
Sabre stresses excellence at all stages of the boat building operation. Low employment turnover, an emphasis on safe procedures and cross training, and a thorough awareness of each model's competitive position in the marketplace, have enabled Sabre to meet high standards of excellence in manufacturing and design, and to adapt to changing business conditions.
Our search for excellence does not end at our doors. Our suppliers are also chosen for their reputation and the excellence of the products they manufacture. Industry leaders such as Yanmar, Lewmar, Hall Spar, Sea Frost, Sub Zero, Onan, Westerbeke, Edson, Harken and Bennett, to name just a few, are chosen for their high quality, excellent service and product reliability.
The production of every Sabre yacht is monitored by an extensive and thorough Quality Assurance program. Each boat has a "Boat Parent" who is an office staff Associate and who follows the boat through the production process, acting as the "eyes" of the consumer. All purchased parts and sub-assemblies are checked as they enter production and each boat is given a 600-point inspection during six separate stages of the building process. As the yacht nears completion, a 12 page report is prepared by Sabre's Head Inspector, along with a full technical inspection of all mechanical and electrical systems. And as a final check, a Gold Inspection is performed by the Boat Parent. This inspection is unstructured and is meant to judge the overall quality, feel and appearance of the boat.
Once the yacht arrives at the dealership, a detailed Commissioning check list is completed by the dealer, and a detailed report sent back to Sabre Yachts. This check point ensures us that all systems were functioning to Sabre's satisfaction and standard when the yacht was delivered into service.
As clients and dealers report issues back to Sabre's After Sales Service staff, no matter how large or small the issue may be, a Customer Quality Report (CQR) is developed and circulated to all members of Management and Engineering, as well as to all Production Associates effected by the report.
For more information about our company or our yachts, please contact us.