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Commissioning the Sabre 58 Salon Express

The first Sabre 58 Salon Express left our Raymond facility one year ago, on December 21, 2019. Now, after a whirlwind 2020, hulls #004 and #005 are being commissioned and prepped for delivery.

Our readers who followed hull #001’s progress last year will remember that the Sabre 58 Salon Express is too large to deliver over land. In fact, our designers had to account for shipping logistics early in the concept phase of the Sabre 58’s design to ensure she could travel from our facilities to a local commissioning yard, and even accounted for the custom hydraulic trailer necessary to move her.

But the trip itself involves much more than a truck driver. Local police and numerous utility vehicles escort the Sabre 58 to clear the way, manage traffic, raise power lines, and adjust streetlights. This complicated maneuvering isn’t sustainable over long distances, so this is the only trip the Sabre 58 makes on a truck. She completes her journey over the water, a unique circumstance that allows Sabre Engineers to facilitate the commissioning process directly. There is no other model in the current Sabre lineup that is commissioned by the Sabre team, so we’re drawing back the curtain for a peek into the unique Sabre 58 commissioning process.

Today, we’re pulling back the curtain for an inside look at the commissioning process!

Once the Sabre 58 arrives at the yard, the commissioning process’s first step is to install the Volvo-Penta IPS Pods. A forklift fixture is used to carefully position the IPS drives while they are bolted and torqued into the proper position. Once the pods are in place, the exhaust systems are connected, including the Clear Wak bypass exhaust system. This involves bringing the engine temperature above 120 degrees Farenheight with the drives in neutral, then the exhaust is bypassed through the side of the hull.

At this point, the driveshafts and driveshaft scatter shields are connected, the gear oil cooling hoses are attached, and all IPS harness and electrical connections to the drive pods are secured. Finally, the initial drive alignment is performed by a Volvo-certified technician, and the ISO Class 1 & Balanced props are installed. In all, this step usually involves two or three Sabre associates, a Volvo-certified technician from New England Power Products, and a trained forklift operator from the yard.

Next, the yard will apply barrier coat, bottom paint, and exterior varnish. It is the most time-consuming step of the commissioning process, but the results are worth the wait! Meanwhile, the Sabre Engineering team uses this time to load necessary gear onto the boat, including safety equipment, lines, fenders, and the anchor and chain. Once the paint and varnish are finished, Sabre engineers install the mast and electronics hardware, including any optional SAT domes.

Before launch, her fuel tanks are filled, fuel tank senders are calibrated, engines and generators are primed, and the water tanks are filled.

Once she’s tied at the dock, our engineers must conduct thorough systems checks before conducting her first sea trial, starting with shore power and generator inputs. Then electronics are set up and tested, including the proprietary wifi, sentinel, Volvo “Easy Connect,” Dometic “Cap Touch, “and all wifi-enabled thermostats. The CZone system is calibrated to read AC & DC currents and voltages accurately, and if the vessel includes the optional entertainment package, then those systems are tested. The air conditioning split system is vacuum leak checked and charged with proper refrigerant before undergoing thorough testing. Finally, engineers check the engine isolation mount loading and test potable, grey, and black water systems.

Finally, it’s time for the sea trial and shakedown cruise! And, of course, there’s another checklist. This includes a prop check to ensure proper engine-rated rpm, percent engine loading, pressures, temperatures, and ensures there are no drivetrain vibrations. The optional Seakeeper undergoes its first spool-up and initial test run, and then it’s on to electronic calibration. Some of the final steps are autopilot calibration, tuning the optional radar overlay of the chart plotter, testing Volvo Interceptors, and the optional “Active Ride” feature.

When all systems and equipment have passed inspection, the Sabre engineering team completes an extensive orientation with a dealer representative, owner, or both, to ensure everyone is aware of proper operation and safety features.



Sabre 58 Hull #3 Sea Trials

The Sabre Engineering team conducted sea trials on the third Sabre 58 Salon Express earlier this month. 

The performance of the Sabre 58 has exceeded all expectations, and this third hull is no different. You can find all the performance details below, but her whisper-quiet sound levels, rock-steady ride, and efficient fuel consumption set the Sabre 58 apart from other boats of her size. 

Sabre’s expert crafts-people have gone above and beyond to ensure the Sabre 58 production line is efficient and successful. We cannot thank them enough for their dedication during the recent challenges. 

Sabre 58 Performance Data

Sabre 58 Salon Express Performance Data Sheet

Sabre 58 Salon Express Performance Data

Sea Trial Photos


Let us know what you think in the comments!

Hannah Warrior Princess

After her last stay at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, 8-year-old Hannah, who was born with Down syndrome and recently diagnosed with leukemia, came up with a heartwarming idea to put a smile on the faces of other children caught up in a hospital bed –

Hannah set out to donate hospital-grade “fun-time” bedding from Playtime Edventures, so young patients can enjoy interactive games with nurses and family during their stay. These sheets will provide an entertaining and educational distraction for children in the care of the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.

Sabre associates got wind of Hannah’s efforts and decided to take up the cause! This year’s employee barbecue featured a dunk tank, where members of our team volunteered to “take the plunge” to raise money for Hannah’s charity. Watch the video below for all the highlights! 

Through the dunk tank donations, along with the generosity of Aubuchon Hardware in Naples, who kindly donated all of the tents and tables for the event, our associates raised $1170. Better yet, Sabre Yachts matched all donations, bringing the grand total to $2340! This lump sum bumped Hannah up to her first goal of $3000.

Though she reached her goal, Hannah wants to keep spreading joy to children at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. To learn more about Hannah and her mission, you can visit her Facebook page, and we hope you will consider supporting her efforts by donating to her Gofundme page!

Dishes and Dives – Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine, has distinguished itself as an ultimate “foodie” destination, earning acclaim from regional and national magazines, and winning a spot on many a “top ten” list. If you’ve spent any leisure time in Maine, chances are you’ve spent some time looking for places to eat in our largest city. There is no shortage of gastronomic gems in Portland, so rather than asking the “experts” we had a little fun and asked the locals!

“Dishes and Dives” as recommended by Sabre Associates.


Jamie’s Favorites:

Breakfast: Should you find yourself by the waterfront, the notorious Becky’s Diner, on Commercial street, offers the classic diner experience with lots of local flavor. Pro Tip: If you stop by Becky’s during the breakfast rush, expect to wait for a seat as it is usually busy, especially in the summertime.

Lunch: If you enjoy Chinese food, then Empire is the spot for lunch. Located on Congress Street, this restaurant offers traditional and modern Chinese food while taking advantage of the local seafood options. They specialize in Dim Sum, which is a style of brunch featuring dumplings and savory dishes.

Dinner: Looking for a dinner spot with a fun atmosphere that won’t break the bank? Find your way over to Exchange Street and check out The Grill Room. This urban steakhouse features dishes from their wood-fired grill and pizza oven, making it a great place to order a rib-eye or to try their delicious duck breast.

Jamie’s Must-Have: Empire’s garlic green beans, spicy pork belly buns, honey walnut shrimp and shumai dumplings, a perfect meal for two!


Lee’s Favorites:

Breakfast:  Across town from Becky’s diner, Lee recommends the Miss Portland Diner for its authentic American breakfast. Located on Marginal Way, it’s hard to miss the distinguished renovated train-car that is the diner.

Lunch:  On Congress street, Lazzari is an Italian-style restaurant that is typically open for late nights. However, Friday through Sunday, they open at eleven. Give them a try if you’re looking for a few drinks, pizza (which is their specialty), or other Italian options.

Dinner: For a fun meal, Lee recommends Taco Escobarr for their colorful Mexican offerings and their fantastic margaritas. Stop over on Congress Street for happy hour from 4-7 to enjoy some $5-ritas.

Lee’s must-have: Taco Escobarr’s chicken enchilada with a strawberry jalapeno margarita.


Daniel’s Favorites:

 Breakfast: Daniel also recommends the Miss Portland Diner for its selection and classic American breakfast.

Lunch: On Portland street, ISA Bistro serves a variety of options, from seafood and meats to pasta and vegetable choices. Their menu changes seasonally, but you really can’t go wrong.

Dinner: Daniel had two recommendations for dinner, the first being Hugo’s, on Middle Street. Hugo’s offers creative dishes, all of which are wonderfully done, from local seafood to house-made pickles. You can find just about anything you want on their menu. Just off of Congress Street, on Maine Wharf, is the equally matched Scales, home to great American and seafood selections along with a beautiful waterfront view. This is where Daniel gets one of his favorite dishes, the scallops and the sweetbreads.

As Sabre’s resident food expert, we asked Daniel to recommend a few more options.

  • Offering excellent Spanish inspired cuisine, Chaval serves up an incredible range of seasonal options and creative dishes.
  • Blue Spoon is a cozy and excellent bistro on Monjoy Street, an up-and-coming area of Portland.
  • If you’re looking for Chinese food: Empire is a favorite, as well as Lio. Lio offers a greater wine selection than you could possibly drink (no, that’s not a challenge), all while serving well-coordinated small plates.
  • For excellent Japanese food, try Pai Men Miyake, offering Chef’s Choice sushi, omakase meals, and other dishes sourced from the owner’s farm.
  • Finally, for some Mediterranean flavor, Tiqa offers Mediterranean tastes through the owners’ family roots, and Evo serves contemporary Mediterranean options that also take shape seasonally.

Sabre 58 Hull Design

The new Sabre 58’s below-deck accommodations are a cut above, but there’s a lot more to her geometry than a full-beam master stateroom, impressive storage, and floods of natural light. Every new Sabre design is a boat first, and everything else second – and our owners can attest to the difference. 

Sabre 58 Salon Express – facing aft into the Master Suite

Sabre 58 Salon Express – Facing forward toward the guest accommodations.

When asked what elements are necessary to engineer our award-winning boats, we took the question to the expert: Glenn Campbell, Sabre’s Engineering Manager. Check out the video below for Glenn’s overview of our hull engineering process!

Make sure you’ve subscribed to our Sabre 58 Email List for exclusive early updates, and let us know in the comments what you’d like to learn about next!

Welcome, Joby

Joby NewmanSabre Yachts is proud to welcome Joby Newman to our growing Customer Service Team. Joby joins our veteran representatives, Glen Chaplin and Tucker Thompson, and will play a key role in our ongoing effort to provide the highest quality customer service to our ever-expanding family of Sabre owners.

Joby is a graduate of The Landing School, in Kennebunkport, Maine, and earned his stripes as a Marine Electrician, Service Technician, and Team Lead at Zodiac Mil Pro, in Stevensville, Maryland, then at Washington Marina, in Washington, D.C. In 2015 Joby accepted an overseas position with the Department of State, and for the last several years he served as a Logistician and Project Manager with the Engineering Security Office in Vienna, Austria. Over his career, Joby has developed superior technical skills, a diverse collection of tradecrafts, and a passion for imparting knowledge and ensuring the success of his team. Joby joined our team upon his recent return to Maine and is excited to dive back into the world of boating and boatbuilding where his passion lies.

Please join us in welcoming Joby to the Sabre Yachts Family!

Sabre 58 Update – Galley Design, Hull, and Pilothouse

Hi All,

The new Sabre 58 Salon Express has a new galley design! The new layout will optimize storage space and make room for that all-important dishwasher. Take a look at the renderings below for an updated view, then keep scrolling for more production updates! 

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It won’t be long before those beautiful renderings become a reality! In production news, our team has been busy fitting the pilothouse to the deck, installing the fully-opening rear doors, and putting teak decking down in the cockpit.

Sabre 58 Salon Express pilothouse

A meeting of the minds – Production and Engineering leaders monitoring their newest creation.

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Finally, our carpentry, mechanical, and electrical production teams are making progress on the first Sabre 58 hull. It won’t be long before she’s ready for decking!

Sabre 58 Salon ExpressSabre 58 Salon ExpressBONUS – check out the size difference between the Sabre 58 (right) and her not-so-little sister the Sabre 48 (left).

Sabre 58 Salon Express

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign up for our Sabre 58 Email List to receive early access to content, updates, and more! 

Have questions? Feel free to Contact Us or Request an Appointment! And as always, let us know what you think in the comments!

Sabre 58 – All Decked Out

We have a deck! The first Sabre 58 Salon Express deck has been removed from the mold at our Rockland facility. The part will undergo further production before shipping to Raymond to join with the hull.

Check out the preliminary specs and sign up for the exclusive email list on the Sabre 58 page!

Sabre 38 Sneak Peek

We got some new shots of the fabulous and sporty Sabre 38 Salon Express – The full set will go up on the main site in a few days, but we’re too excited not to share a few sneak peeks!

Sabre 38 Sneak Peek

Sabre 38 Salon Express

Sabre 38 Sneak Peek

Sabre 38 Head

Sabre 38 Sneak Peek

Sabre 38 Lounge

Sabre 38 Sneak Peek

Sabre 38 Salon

Sabre 38 Cockpit

Sabre 58 Galley Design

Sabre 58 Galley Design

Galley location in each new model has been a focal point of Sabre Design Team meetings throughout our nearly 50-year history. The aft-galley in the new Sabre 58 Salon Express is at the heart of the social space, mirroring the feel and flow of modern home design. 

After consulting with our clients, many of whom are experienced cruising couples on their second or third Sabre, we shook up the layout in the Sabre 58. Customers are asking for the same welcoming social environment they feel in their home kitchens. They want a galley that acts as a center of activity, whether they are entertaining company, or enjoying a peaceful evening together.

 The Sabre 58’s galley-aft layout effortlessly joins the exterior cockpit space with the elegance and comfort of the main salon, emphasized by the fully opening main door. It creates a more symmetrical main salon, wherein opposed seating encourages conversation and comfortably facilitates a formal meal. On the lower deck, it allowed us to create, as standard, three staterooms, each with their own en-suite head compartment.

The layout in the new Sabre 58 isn’t what folks are used to seeing in our boats. Some may consider it bold: we consider it keeping up with the modern owner.

Edited 5/17/19 to reflect updated galley design.


Sabre 58 Galley Design