Sabre’s 42 Sedan, introduced in 2000, remains a breed standard in the “Downeast” style cruiser market. Designed to carry two in luxury, four in comfort and six in a pinch—and to get there in a hurry and look good in the process—the Sabre 42 Sedan is the quintessential waterborne Downeast weekend mobile home for empty nesters and small families who don’t have the time or the patience for slow going.
Modified “V” hull design with 16 degree deadrise at transom
Foam/plywood cored fiberglass stringer system
Fiberglass swim platform with SS telescoping swim ladder
Two anchor rode, fender and dock line lockers forward
Lewmar anchor windlass with rope/chain gypsy
Recessed side deck walkways
Molded control station console for electronics with storage below
Built-in fiberglass helm footrest in bridge face
Chart table/breakfast counter with bottle locker under
“L” settee with Hi-Lo table with drop in leaf
Sabre Yachts 42 Sedan (2009-) Specifications
42' 3'' 12.88 m
30,000 lbs 13,154 kg
14' 4'' 4.37 m
3' 9'' 1.14 m
450 gal 1,688 L
160 gal. 660 L
13' 4'' 4.06 m
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
Sabre Yachts 42 Sedan (2009-)Engine options
2 x 440-hp Yanmar 6LY-3ASTP
Currently no test numbers
2 x 500-hp Cummins QSC 8.3 2 x 550-hp Cummins QSC 8.3 2 x 480-hp Yanmar 6LY3-ETP
The Sabre 42 Sedan captures the basic elements of the New England aesthetic, but without being too dowdy. With the maximum power option, it can run in the high 20s.
Forty-two feet is a sweet spot in the cruiser market: not too big to need crew and not too small to worry about space or weather. Time was, your choices would have been limited to a trawler-style, slow-motion “crawler,” or a gas-breathing white bubble.
In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the game began to change. The folks at The Hinckley Company in Maine launched their 36-foot Picnic Boat model, which brought to the fore a little secret previously hidden in the rocky harbors of the Northeast. Hinckley and other builders, mostly in New England and having roots in sailboats, began designing boats that reconstituted the aesthetic elements of traditional “Downeast” lobster boats, but had modern, efficient hulls and systems. These boats could be operated easily by a retired couple wanting to do weekends or longer with the ability to make port in a hurry if they needed or wanted to.
Sailboat builders the likes of Alden, Little Harbor and Freedom—began producing powerboats that captured the hearts of those who love the water, but may not have the will or the physical fortitude to hassle with sails and lines and raising crew. Among this group was Maine-based Sabre, which in 1989, launched its first powerboat: the Sabre 36 “fast trawler,” a tri-cabin motoryacht with the spaciousness and comfort of a trawler, but with substantially better performance than a traditional trawler yacht. The Sabre 42 Sedan is an evolution of that concept.
The “fast trawler” was also how Sabre differentiated its product from builders such as Grand Banks back in those days.
Power-gunkholing or running for port ahead of bad weather are two advantages a fast cruiser has over a traditional trawler. In a 20-knot-plus boat, few destinations in southern New England are more than four hours away.
Room That Moves
Standard power on the Sabre 42 Sedan is a pair of 440-hp Yanmar 6-cylinder diesels. A variety of options are available that produce cruising speeds from 20 to 27 knots, says Sabre. With the largest engine option (550-hp Cummins diesels), the company says the 42 will sip 1.1 gallons per mile at 25 knots. Volvo IPS and Cummins Zeus pods are available and might produce even more economical operation.
The standard layout on the 42 Sedan is a large master forward, a double to starboard (single over-and-unders that convert to a double) and room for two sleepers at the settee in the salon. The model is available with or without a flybridge. A hard-top cockpit cover is an option as well.
With its spacious salon, the Sabre 42 Sedan offers all-weather comfort for a couple who occasionally entertain guests or cruise with friends.
The advantage of the Sedan configuration over that of the 42 Express is felt mostly in the salon. The fully enclosed space can be climate-controlled for comfort in any conditions making it more versatile as a live aboard cruiser.
The salon on the 42 Sedan doubles as the dining space. On the Express, there is also a settee below, with optional dining in the cockpit. We have cruised on both versions and find everything nicely functional, save the guest cabin which is fine for one person but vert, very tight for two.
The bridge deck is home to the, er, bridge. There’s only so much fun you can have indoors on a boat though. As you might guess, we’d go for the hard top over the flying bridge and steer from there. However, when single-handing it’s nice to be able to pop out of the door starboard of the helm and throw a line or two.
With its booming master stateroom, the 42 Sedan celebrates inequitable accommodations. The master with its 6-inch-thick foam mattress, scads of stowage and private access to the head, makes for comfortable living for the owners.
The 42 Sedan is available with galley up or galley down, pictured here. Galley down means more room in the salon and galley up means space for a second head below.
For many of us, life’s too short to lope along, especially as the golden years dawn. Covering more ground faster means spending more money, and if that’s an issue, you should consider a standard trawler or just throttle back. Whether you arrive in port for lunch or for dinner, you can rest in the knowledge that in this boat, at least you’ll be looking smart in most places in North America. We’re not sure if the Med is quite ready for the Downeast look, but there is a beach head there of old Grand Banks, so maybe its time is drawing near.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Sabre Yachts 42 Sedan (2009-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Dripless Shaft Seals
Washdown: Fresh Water
Washdown: Raw Water
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Oil Change System
= Standard = Optional
Sabre Yachts 42 Sedan (2009-) Warranty
Sabre Yachts 42 Sedan (2009-) Warranty Information
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