Sabre started out in life starting building sailboats in their Maine facility back in 1970. They’d enjoyed a successful run in the ‘70s and early ‘80s and were generally considered to be the best production sailboat built on the East Coast at the time. In 1989 the company discovered power boaters. Their first stinkpot was a tri-cabin 36’ “Fast Trawler” made in the downeast design. It was an instant hit and more models followed. The latest of the company’s now six model lineup is the 52 Salon Express Motor Yacht which is about two years old. We asked Capt. Steve, our dyed in the wool New Englander, to give us his take.
Sabre Yachts 52 Salon Express (2009-) Specifications
58' 0'' 17.68 m
46,000 lbs. 24,045 kg
16' 0'' 4.92 m
4' 3'' 1.30 m
800 gal. 3028 L
200 gal. 757 L
6' 6'' 2.00 m
11' 5'' 3.5 m
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Sabre Yachts 52 Salon Express (2009-) Captain's Report
The Sabre 52 was introduced a couple of years ago and is the newest boat from this Maine builder.
Capt. Steve says...
I really enjoyed taking a look at the Sabre 52 Salon Express Motor Yacht. Not only because it flat out gorgeous to my New England eye, but also because I’ve been a longtime fan of Sabre, and any chance I get to get on one is with a “kid in a candy store” attitude. And that’s an attitude that’s shared by a lot of my fellow boaters. That Downeast semi-workboat design is one that is an endearing change from the Euro-express designs that nearly every other builder in America pumps out – at least in my opinion. Let’s take a walk-through and see what’s noteworthy without doing a step-by-step tour.
The first look...
For starters, there’s glass in front of the boat. Not Isinglass, real glass. I don’t understand why so many boats have glass going half-way up to the overhead and then you are left to fill the rest of the void with plastic. Drives me nuts. This boat is just what I like. And the hard top has a sliding sunroof and shade.
You board the Sabre 52 Salon Express Motor Yacht via the cockpit and several things are noticeable here. First, there is full walk-around access to the whole boat. Sabre didn’t skimp on the sidedecks to expand the salon volume, and that’s a plus in my book. I also note that the rails are a beefy 1 ½” (63.5 mm) diameter.
The cockpit sole is all teak and there are two bench seats. I’d change this layout a bit and have just the forward facing seat and a table for al fresco dining. Single removable seats would go on the other side of the table. As it is, it makes for a comfortable gathering spot and everyone is facing each other for intimate get-togethers. Access to the engine compartment is via a electrically actuated deck hatch in front of the sliding door to the salon. There is a heavy transom door leading to the swim platform.
Salon and helm...
As I step inside the salon, I notice that not only is the visibility incredible, nearly 360 degrees, but the sun drenched salon is very traditional yacht-like in its fit and finish. The sole is teak and holly throughout and cabinetry is cherry. A C-shaped settee lies to port and a single chair and entertainment center to starboard, the latter fitted with the now requisite pop-up flat screen TV.
The helm has two Stidd helm seats. As I took a seat, I was impressed to see just to starboard, a door leading to the sidedeck. No running out the aft end of the salon on this boat.
Twin Stidd helm seats and a door leading to the sidedecks. Plenty of real estate for large nav packages and to the left of the helm is a large chart table with storage underneath.
The helm is finished in cherry to match the layout of the rest of the boat. And do my eyes deceive me or is that a chart table to port of the helm? It is nice to be aboard a boat that is fitted out like a boat and not some Italian designer’s bright idea of what a boat might look like in the 23 century. Because of its sailboat background, Sabre knows that a helm is for piloting and navigation and have brought traditional boatbuilding to bear.
There’s even storage below the helm console. Sabre has not forgotten that traditional helmsmen are still alive and well in this electronic age. Good for them. No self respecting captain would ever rely solely on electronics to navigate by. I look to port and there’s a raised settee with an icemaker, and behold, more chart storage underneath. My stock in Sabre goes up at every turn.
Check out the teak and holly sole that runs throughout the boat. Glass is everywhere so not only is the saloon drenched in natural light, visibility is outstanding. We love the retractable sunroof.
This is a two stateroom, two head boat, and below deck examples of quality workmanship can be seen everywhere. Cabinets have curved moldings and glass or wood inlays.
The two stateroom/two head layout is great for the small family or cruising couple and guests. The galley is surprisingly large and there’s storage everywhere, including a floor to ceiling pantry.
The galley seems small at first, but it’s long so looks are deceiving. It’s actually quite large. Counters are Viatera Quartz with overhanging bull-nose edges. I really love the curved tops to all the cabinets. It’s a lot more work to finish cabinets and counters this way but it is these little touches that separate this boat from those of the plastic fantastic.
There’s a convection microwave oven and two Sub-Zero Stainless Steel two drawer units. One two-drawer fridge unit aft and one two-drawer freezer unit forward, just below the washer drier cabinet. Sabre included a Fischer & Paykel DishDrawer dishwasher, a stainless steel under-mounted double bowl sink, and there’s storage everywhere, including a pantry opposite the galley that runs floor to ceiling with deep adjustable shelves and waste basket.
Looks are deceiving in this galley. It looks small as the master stateroom lies close to starboard, but it’s the length that makes it so functional and large. It has full appliances and more storage than most home kitchens. Check out the curved tops to the cabinets to the left of the picture. That is seen all over the accommodations deck. The teak and holly sole is seen throughout the boat’s interior. Notice the double Shoji-style pocket doors.
The master stateroom is directly across from the galley and is accessed through double Shoji-style pocket doors that open almost to 48’ (1219mm). The queen size island berth has a hydraulic lift to access bulk storage below. The access to the head is also through Shoji-style pocket doors and the master shower is oversized. The guest stateroom is forward and it too features an island berth.
Since this is a captain’s report, let’s get back to the nuts and bolts. The twin 865-hp CAT C15 diesels couldn’t find a better home if they tried. The engine compartment is roomy and easily accessible. The engines are surrounded by a stainless safety rail and the room is full of amenities. The CAT’s are coupled to Twin Disc QUICKSHIFT transmissions controlled by EC300 Electronic controls with Express Mode to maximize the tranny’s performance. At the other end of the 2 ½” (63.5 mm) stainless steel shafts are NiBrAl four blade propellers. The engines are fed by two 400 gallon (1514L) tanks that are maintained by an AS801-24 Algaesep fuel polishing system.
The Sabre 52 Salon Express Motor Yacht has a LOA of LOA 58’ 0” (17.68 m), and a beam of 16’ (4.92 m). She draws 4’-3” (1.30 m) and weighs in at 46,000 lbs. (20865 kg) dry. Her fuel capacity is 800 gallons (3028 L) and her water capacity is 200 gallons (757 L). Sabre puts her range at cruise at 340 nm burning 58 gph. We haven’t tested this boat yet, so...
With stunning good looks, and build qualities that Sabre has built a solid reputation on, the Sabre 52 Salon Express Motor Yacht, is a true joy to be aboard and just as pleasing to look at. Probably the only thing I didn’t like about the boat is the length of her model name. Other than that, you owe it to yourself to take a test ride on this true Downeast dreamboat today. It provides a meaningful alternative to most of what is on the market today and you should be aware of what you are missing. Indeed, we were told by one Sabre dealer that half of their customers come from popular Euro-style brands.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Sabre Yachts 52 Salon Express (2009-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Washdown: Raw Water
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Oil Change System
= Standard = Optional
Sabre Yachts 52 Salon Express (2009-) Warranty
Sabre Yachts 52 Salon Express (2009-) Warranty Information
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