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2018 Top Products by Boating Industry

Sabre 45 Salon Express named a 2018 Top Product

The fifth-annual Boating Industry Top Products list features 50 of the newest products in boating including everything from engines and electronics, to gadgets and apps, as well as boats, tenders, and even wake-surf boards. According to Boating Industry, winners were chosen for their innovation and their impact on the industry.

Sabre Yachts is thrilled to be included among the many notable winners. None of our considerable success would be possible without the unfailing excellence of Sabre’s production team, who tirelessly raise the bar on what it means to be “Crafted in the Maine Tradition.”

You can see the 45 Salon Express for yourself by scheduling a Sea Trial or catching us at our many Shows & Events!

Why Swimming in Your Marina is a Bad Idea

Imagine: it’s a beautiful hot, sunny afternoon. You’re at your favorite marina getting your boat provisioned and equipped for a fun-filled weekend with your family. The sun’s shimmering on the water enticing you to dive in for a refreshing swim.

Don’t do it.

In the water of even the most pristine marina, there could lurk a silent and invisible killer – stray AC electrical current. Boats plugged into a shore power service at any given marina may have an electrical “leak” that could prove lethal.

It can happen more easily than you think, here’s how:

Electricity flows along the path of least resistance to complete a roundtrip loop called a circuit. Every time a boat is connected to shore power an electrical circuit is formed, flowing from shore to vessel and back again. Similar to hydraulics, this current puts “pressure” (called voltage) on the boat’s AC electrical devices and appliances. Any number of scenarios can cause a leak where some portion of this electricity may escape from its intended circuitry.

At best, the device’s safety ground (typically a green wire) will carry the leaking electricity back to the source and safely complete the circuit. However, because the AC ground circuitry is also connected to the boat’s bonding/grounding system (including underwater hardware), sometimes the path of lesser resistance is through the water.

When electricity is leaking through the water and flowing towards shore, a swimmer may become a better conductor than the water itself. This is especially true in fresh or brackish waters where the human body is inherently a better electrolyte solution, and therefore a better conductor than the surrounding water.

As little as 50 to 100 milliamps of electricity conducted through the heart can be deadly.

There are no visible signs to indicate stray electrical current, and therefore no way to know when one may be present. So, don’t take the risk; don’t swim in or near marinas.



– Glenn Campbell, Head of Engineering, Sabre Yachts

Sabre 45 Shakedown Cruise – Numbers Two and Three

Q.E.D’s owners put the new Sabre 45 Salon Express to the test with their second and third “shakedown” cruises. First, a 27 day trip to the Bahamas followed by a week in the Florida Keys. And the verdict? “The Sabre 45 did everything we asked her to.” 

When last we wrote, we had just returned from our initial shakedown cruise on hull number 1 of the Sabre 45 Salon Express.  While that was very successful, the boat was designed for a lot more than a nine-day cruise along the Florida coast.  So to make sure we put her to the test,  we traveled with our yacht club to the Bahamas for an extended cruise.

Seven islands, eight ports, and 27 days later, we can report that Q.E.D. did everything she was designed to do.

While we have cruised the Northern Bahamas on several occasions on our Sabre 38, those trips were two weeks or less in length.  This time, we had to provision differently given our itinerary. The storage capacity on board was unbelievable.  With the space in the pantry, below the main cabin, and in the utility room coupled with the two refrigerators and two freezers, we were able to stow enough provisions to probably last four months and enough drinking water to last at least two. With a decent weather window, we left Stuart Florida en route to West End.  It was a reasonable crossing, although we are still waiting for the “smooth” water that we hear some have had for their crossing.  Once we arrived, the rain started in earnest and continued for most of our two-day stay.  The entire time we were out, the weather was hot even for this time of year.   Even when we had to spend time inside the boat, the salon express design meant we never felt confined.

We left Old Bahama Bay en route to Green Turtle.  The seas outside of West End were high and confused until we entered the bank South of Memory Rock.    These were the roughest seas we had experienced in the boat so far.  The rest of the trip to Bluff House was uneventful.  After three days there, we traveled to Hopetown where we stayed six days spending time at Tahiti Beach, Pete’s Pub, Man O’War cay, and explored the area. 

We then traveled to Harbour Island via the Devil’s Backbone.  This is a cut North of Eleuthera which has a reputation of being extremely difficult to navigate.  We hired a pilot to bring the group through but decided that we could have been just as safe following the details on our Volvo/Garmin glass cockpit.  In fact, we decided to do it ourselves when we left.

The marina assigned us a slip which was parallel to the coastline.  All day long and for part of the night, there were boats on plane just off the marina.  Other boats that were in slips like ours, rocked heavily all the time.  We turned on our Seakeeper and Q.E.D. just settled in.

The pink beach at Harbour Island is terrific and we spent a good deal of time on it over the next six days.  As in most of the Bahamas, there are very nice resorts close to really poor neighborhoods.

The next passage, to Highbourne Cay in the Exumas, was probably the most difficult due to the route across areas which had scattered coral heads.  When we arrived, we fueled and again found out that we had used less fuel than any of the other boats, including the smaller boats.

This is a wonderful island, well worth the trip:  great service, protected marina and absolutely gorgeous grounds and hiking trails.

Next we traveled to Staniel Cay.  This is one we would miss next time as the marina is falling apart and exposed to lots of wash and the boats are all side tied to a long dock.  Again, the Seakeeper kept us safe while other boats were rocking so badly that they had damage.

We did get to feed the swimming pigs, iguanas, swam with nurse sharks and snorkeled Thunderball grotto.

From Staniel we went to Nassau for one night dockage and to fuel.  Nassau is also a stop we could miss. We then on to Chub Cay the next morning.  This has been completely rebuilt with outstanding floating docks, reliable power, and really nice facilities with an infinity pool overlooking the beach.

Our last stop was Lucaya on Grand Bahama.  One night there and then home.

We traveled more than 700 miles, used 948 gallons of fuel including running the generator when underway, and had no real boat issues.  We cruised in the mid-to-upper 20 knot range the entire trip.  The Volvo IPS 600’s performed flawlessly; the Volvo/Garmin Glass Cockpit provided us with great navigation and engine management tools, and the Sabre 45 did everything we asked her to.  In fact, we came back with enough food and water (and even other beverages) to go back out for another month or more.  The Sureshade proved to be a real asset in helping to protect us from too much sun and the window blinds not only gave us privacy but also kept the boat cooler.  Even with significantly hotter weather than normal, the air conditioning kept us comfortable the entire trip.  We had enough water pressure to use both showers at the same time and plenty of water aboard. 

Update cruise three: 

The cruise was so much fun and we had so much food left, that we left on cruise number three, a week in the Florida Keys.  Loads of fun and again the boat was terrific.  Eight for cocktails in the salon proved to be no problem at all although a dent was made in the contents of the wine cooler.  And the salon table worked fine for six for a formal dinner.  We now have almost 100 hours on the engines!

When we started this process three years ago, we never thought that the boat could meet the objectives so completely.  Thanks again to all at Sabre and Volvo for providing us with this traditional example of modern technology and craftsmanship at its best.

Shelly and Naomi

Keep Reading: Sabre 45 named 2018 Top Product by Boating Industry

Lobstering – A New Look at a Downeast Tradition

Our heritage as a Maine boat builder is not just an integral part of Sabre’s identity, but a defining element of the entire Maine boat building community. This community, born in 1607 on the banks of the Kennebec River, has forged a culture and a livelihood in spite of the inhospitable climate and geography. Challenges that have not altered in the intervening 410 years. Sabre owners Kim and Randy reflect on the Lobstering industry and the working-boat heritage that informed the design of their own Sabre 48 Salon Express. Their clarity and perception are an excellent reminder of what’s on “the other side of chic.”

Long Cove, Vinalhaven Island, Maine –

Dating back to the 50’s, there has been a fascination with and a high demand for, the highly prized lobster. In chic white table clothed eateries in NYC or Chicago a 1 1/2 pound Maine lobster may cost $60 – at Red’s Lobster Shack in Wiscasset, Maine $19. From a lobsterman stopping by our boat $5 – but we do the steaming!

Long considered a delicacy in and outside of New England and now spreading global, lobster is a routine way of culinary life here in Maine; however, you may not see it on the menu at highly acclaimed Primo in Rockland because James Beard award winning chef/owner Mellisa Kelly might say it is available in most other restaurants in the area.

She would be correct.

What we and others fortunate to spend time on Maine’s pristine coastal waters see is the other side of chic – the efforts expended by Maine’s lobstermen & women to bring this delicacy to our tables. Apart from the popularity of lobster, the economy of many rural coastal Maine towns and hamlets like Carver’s Harbor, completely depend on the lobster industry. 

The lifestyle can be brutal. 

Harvesting from May to December, the weather either side of July-September is problematic. Rain, fog, fierce winds accompanied by angry seas are routine challenges to this first leg of the lobstering industry. It’s a “rain or shine” business often handled by husband and wife teams. It is physically demanding, often disappointing as to the catch and worthy of respect from everyone with an understanding of what is required to bring lobster to the table. For us it is pure pleasure in pulling close, but not too close to interfere with their work, then coming to a stop, to wave or say hello and interact – they always wave back or will tell us how their “haul” for the day is going.

Right now, not too well. “The ‘lobstah’s’ are late this summah”. 

As a group, they know the seas and are the penultimate boat handlers, can feel the weather forecast in their bones, are territorial as to their fishing grounds and fiercely protective of their industry.

We hope they understand our appreciation for their dedication, work ethic and for the delicious product they harvest.  One of them mentioned  that we have a remote connection with the lobsterman in that, from the deck up, their “Down East” styled boats were the design template for Sabre, our boat’s manufacturer, when they went into production in 1989. One lobster man said to us, “You are a lobster boat – on steroids”. We took it as a compliment, and Sabre would too. A Raymond Maine-built boat, partially fashioned after those lobstering in the lower, mid and down east coastal regions of Maine.

Regardless of your opinion on global warming, the locals are telling us Maine waters have not been this warm in 50 years – off-shore right now, 59 degrees. Lobsters prefer cold water and the warming trend is sending them farther east, towards Stonington, here to the islands of Vinalhaven and further east to Nova Scotia where the industry is in a hyper-bull cycle. This is due in part to the general abundance of the crustaceans and a newly cultivated market exporting to Asia. What the warming means for the lower and mid-coast Maine lobster industry is up for discussion.

There are multiple levels in the sale of a single lobster. From the lobster boat to the co-op, to the distributor to the food purveyor and finally to the food store or restaurant. Next time you buy a lobster you might think of the husband and wife team that it first came into contact with, quite possibly in foul weather.

They were paid between $3.30 and $4.00 a pound.

All the best from the three of us.

Lacey, Kim and Randy

Joey: 5 years with Sabre Yachts

Hi All,

In this Sabre Work-iversary post, we’re featuring an interview with Joey, who recently celebrated five years with Sabre Yachts. Joey is part of another ‘Sabre Family’ – he and his brother Peter both work in Sabre’s woodshop. His friends here at Sabre have described Joey as hard working, positive, and kind, and we couldn’t agree more. We’d like to extend our sincerest thanks and congratulations to Joey on five awesome years!

Tell me something that was difficult but made you a better person:


What’s your favorite book?

Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, by Jules Verne

Captain Nemo: The Fantastic History of a Dark Genius, by Kevin J. Anderson

The Story of Captain Nemo, by Dave Eggers

How would your best friend describe you?

Funny, kind, and gentle.

What super power would you like to have?

Deflect bullets.

Tell me about your earliest childhood memory:

Getting a bicycle when I was five.

If you could send a message back through time to your younger self what would you say?

Take care of yourself.

What’s your least favorite thing about the world today?

Littering and Pollution.

Tell me about someone who is your hero:

Babe Ruth and everything he stands for.

Do you have any regrets?


If you had to sell everything you owned, and could only keep one thing, what would you keep and why?

My dignity, because nobody can take that away from me.

What makes you proud?

Caring about people.

If you could talk to someone who has passed away who would you talk to and what would you say?

My father, and I would ask him how heaven is.

Tell me about the person who has impacted your life the most:

My mother.

When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?

A hockey player and a fireman.

What’s the best advice you can give?

Learn how to get along with everybody else.

Wendy: 20 years with Sabre Yachts

Hi All,

2017’s anniversary series is something special, representing a combined total of five hundred and twenty-five years of boatbuilding experience at Sabre Yachts. Marking off twenty of those years is Wendy. Anyone who knows her will tell you that Wendy is a cornerstone of our Production Team, her pride in her work is matched only by our own pride in calling her a member of the Sabre Family. Our thanks to Wendy for an incredible twenty years of dedication and talent.


What’s something your mother taught you that you’ve never forgotten?

No matter what, do your best!

How honest are you?

Way too much.

What superpower would you like to have?

The ability to fly.

What’s your favorite book of all time?

Violets are Blue, by James Patterson

Tell me about something that was difficult but made you a better person:

Going through cancer, twice.

If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

London, England.

What’s your favorite song of all time?

My Best Friend, by Tim McGraw

If you could talk to someone who has passed away, who would you talk to and what would you say?

My mom and my sister. I would tell them how much I miss them.

What makes you proud?

The outcome of my work.

If you could send a message back through time to your younger self what would you say?

Listen to your mom!

Tell me about the most beautiful thing you’ve seen:

Sunset in the Florida Keys.

What is your least favorite thing about the world today?


Name one thing that always makes you smile:

My friends and family.

If you won a million dollars what would you spend it on?

School loans.

Nancy: 40 years with Sabre Yachts

Hi All,

Our next anniversary interview features Sabre’s Chief Financial Officer, Nancy, who recently celebrated an impressive forty years at Sabre Yachts. Nancy joined Sabre in 1977, just seven years after the company was founded. Since that time, Nancy has been a cornerstone of our organization, and an essential factor in our overall success. There aren’t words to express the depth of Nancy’s contribution to Sabre Yachts, nor are there adequate words to communicate our gratitude. Our sincerest congratulations to Nancy, along with our deepest appreciation, respect, and gratitude. 

If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

I would go on a safari in Africa.

Would you rather be deaf or blind?

Blind – I need to listen to music. 

If you could talk to someone who has passed away, who would you talk to and what would you say?

My dad, I’d tell him how much I miss him.

Tell me about the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen:

The aurora borealis.

What makes you proud?

Seeing how my daughter turned out. 

Tell me about your earliest childhood memory:

I was walking down the street to go to kindergarten. 

How honest are you?

Pretty honest. 

What super power would you like to have?


If you could send a message back through time to your younger self what would you say?

Don’t worry so much and have more fun.

What, in your opinion, is the best thing about humanity?

Its diversity.

Tell me about the person who has impacted your life the most:

My husband who was funny, patient, and loving. 

What’s your favorite song of all time?

Life is a Highway, by Tom Cochrane. It always makes me want to dance. 

Is it ever okay to break the rules?

Not really.

If you won a million dollars what would you spend it on?

I’d give most of it to charities. 

Sabre 45 Shakedown Cruise

We just wanted to take a moment to tell you about our first real cruise aboard Q.E.D.

We were out 9 days going from Stuart Corinthian Yacht Club to Fort Lauderdale, Ocean Reef, and Miami Beach.  While we were concerned about taking a brand new boat, we were confident that help was close by should any problem arise.  Nothing of significance did.

She exceeded all our expectations in every way.  We had several passages with very confused seas such that some of the bigger boats decided to duck into the ICW.  Not us.  We led a group of the boats on one of the tough days and she performed better than we could have hoped.  But it was not just underway that she was terrific.  From cocktails aboard one night when we had 18 people who all decided the cockpit was the place to hang out to quiet dinners for the two of us, everything worked in an outstanding manner. 

So many simple design items made the trip really fun and rewarding.  We keep finding more and more space for storage and had aboard enough food for a month or more.  And that did not include the storage for certain adult beverages that were consumed.

Everyone who came aboard raved about the fit and finish.  The little touches such as the woodwork in the entire boat and particularly the curved headers on doors and around the helm area make the boat a piece of high grade furniture that is better than we have ever seen other than on other Sabre’s.

At the end of the trip, we have to search to find anything that did not work as designed.  We only added a few items like two drawer latches that need adjustment!

We cannot thank all of you enough for the outstanding job everyone at Sabre has done to bring this project to completion in such an outstanding manner.

We hope you sell more than a hundred of these!

Shelly and Naomi

Keep Reading: Sabre 45 Shakedown Cruise – Numbers Two and Three

Tyler: 5 years with Sabre Yachts

Hi All,

Next in our anniversary series is Tyler, who recently reached his first seniority milestone – 5 years with Sabre Yachts. While Tyler may be a ‘young gun’ in this year’s roundup of anniversaries, he is nevertheless an excellent craftsman in our lamination department and a sterling example of team spirit and dedication. Our thanks to Tyler for this first five years, and best wishes for many more as a member of the Sabre Family!

Tell me about the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen:

A monsoon storm in the desert. 

Is it ever okay to break the rules?

All the time!

What’s your least favorite thing about the world today?


Tell me about the person who has impacted your life the most:

My grandfather. He is my everything; he’s my outdoors buddy.

What are you best at?


What’s your favorite book of all time?

The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton.

What super power would you like to have?


Tell me about your best childhood friend:

Jason – He’s very outgoing, always there for me, and full of positivity. He’ll never let you down.

If you could learn any instrument what would you play?

The harmonica.

When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?

A cop. 

When you’re 80 what story will you tell your grandchildren?

All of them.

What’s something your mother taught you that you’ve never forgotten?

I don’t kiss and tell…

If you won a million dollars what would you spend it on?

A camp in the woods.

If you could talk to someone, who has passed away who would you speak to and why?

My Uncle Bob. I’d ask about the future of our camp.

Tyler (L) with fellow members of the Sabre Production Team celebrating the 100th Sabre 48.

Official Sea Trial Data – Sabre 45 Salon Express

Sabre 45 Salon Express hull #001 Performance DataThe official results are in, and the Sabre 45 is a monumental success. Examine the data here, or download the report from the Sabre 45 Performance page. 

As a bonus, check out the running video shot by Sabre’s Engineering Team, then see their preliminary photos in the Sabre 45 Image Gallery.