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.
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.
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 Features
|Dripless Shaft Seals||Standard|
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Optional|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
|Oil Change System||Optional|
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