Sabre Yachts 38 Express
(w/ 2 x 440-hp Yanmar GLY - Diesel)

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Sabre Yachts 38 Express
Sabre Yachts 38 Express
Sabreline delivers a home run with the 38 Express Hard Top. The hard top protects you and your passengers in the cockpit from the elements while offering a nearly unobstructed 360-degree view of the vistas around you.

Key Features

  • Standard hardtop
  • Standard Stidd helm and mate’s seating
  • Standard electric anchoring system
  • Wide walkways forward with wood toe rail and custom stainless mooring chocks
  • Roomy owner’s stateroom with 60” x 80” queen berth
  • Standard twin Yanmar 370-hp diesel power with 440-hp optional power


Sabre Yachts 38 Express Specifications
Length Overall 38' 6'' Dry Weight 21,500 lbs.
Beam 13' 8'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 3' 4'' Weight Capacity N/A
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity N/A
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 350 gal.
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity 100 gal.
Deadrise/Transom 16 deg. Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom 6'6'' Height on Trailer N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A Trailer Weight N/A
Total Package Weight (Trailer,Boat & Engine) N/A
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.

Engine Options

Sabre Yachts 38 Express Engine options
Std. Power 2 x 370-hp Yanmar 6LYA-STP
Tested Power 2 x 440-hp Yanmar GLY - Diesel
Opt. Power 2 x 440-hp Yanmar 6LY2A-STP
2 x 380-hp Cummins QSB

Sabre Yachts 38 Express Line Drawing


Sabre Yachts 38 Express Photo Gallery

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A Classic Design

The 38 Express Hard Top boasts elegance and sophistication from the moment you first lay eyes on her. Stepping aboard proves this even more.

Spacious Cockpit for Various Activities

The stern deck has plenty of room for roaming, relaxing, or wetting a line if you decide to catch dinner.

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Refined Throughout

The helm has triple windshields with wipers and washers. There is plenty of room to fully outfit the helm station with flat panel electronics.

Quality Craftsmanship

Inside you’ll find a cabin reminiscent of an elegant wood paneled office or family room in custom wood trim. Modern appointments accentuate the interior throughout, such as the flat panel TV in the sa

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Spacious Accommodations

Room and storage is maximized for comfort whether your plans include a short day cruise or a week long getaway.

Sabre Yachts 38 Express Captain's Report

Down East Design with Modern Flair

By Captain Bob Smith

Test Captain

Sabreline brings back a classic design with their new 38 Express Hard Top modeled after the company’s 42. At first glance you’ll be taken back by this boat’s unique style that boasts elegance and sophistication from the moment you step aboard.

Topside Features

The list of standard and optional features are lengthy. All topside deck surfaces have aggressive grip molded into the decks. The transom door swings in and has a strong heavy feel to it. Out on the spacious swim platform is a telescoping swim ladder for easy boarding when you are finished taking a dip in the ocean. The stern deck has plenty of room for roaming, relaxing, or wetting a line if you decide to catch dinner.

Luxurious Cockpit

The cockpit features Stidd helm and mates seats are standard as is the wet bar complete with solid surface, U-line refrigerator/ice maker and additional seating with a folding table. Camper enclosure can keep out the elements or keep in the air conditioning. The helm has triple windshields with wipers and washers that have some blind spots, but they are not bad. There is plenty of room to fully outfit the helm station with flat panel electronics among the standard gauges for each engine.


Heading down the center companionway into the cabin you feel as though you have entered a fancy library or office setting. Hand-finished, fine American Cherry draws your attention to the cabinetry. The only distraction was some off color putty used on some of the nails, but I am also a novice carpenter and notice that kind of thing. The salon has a starboard side settee that converts into a double berth when needed. Behind louvered doors are the power control panels. The forward wall has the 20” flat screen TV and room for more entertainment equipment. There is even a bottle storage locker.

Functional Galley

The galley over on the port side has a high pressure standard laminate top, but you can opt for the solid surface. It has a stainless steel sink, built-in waste basket, a good amount of storage, coffeemaker, two-burner cooktop, and refrigerator/freezer. The common head features a circular shower stall, sink, and Corian countertop with lots of room to get ready for the day or evening.

Spacious Accommodations

The accommodations include a master forward stateroom with a queen-size island bed as the focal point for design of the interior. It has a 5” cushion for comfort, room for a flat panel TV in the aft wall, and plenty of storage including a cedar-lined closet. The master stateroom’s large pocket door provides privacy, and there is also a separate entrance to the common head.


The Sabreline 38 Hard Top Express measures 38’6” in length overall, with a beam width of 13’8”. She only requires a draft of 3’4” and weighs in at 21,500lbs. Her fuel capacity is 350 gallons and freshwater capacity is 100 gallons, making a long cruise definitely within her capability. The 38 also has surprising interior overhead room for her size, with a maximum 6’6” in the main cabin and plenty of headroom in the rest of the interior. Bridge clearance is 13’5” overhead, but I believe that is without the optional mast we had on our boat.

Power Plant

Our test boat was equipped with optional twin 440-hp Yanmar diesel engines, the standard propulsion are twin 370-hp Yanmar’s. ZF transmissions are also standard with dripless shaft seals. In addition, 80 amp alternators, Teleflex tilt steering, and Bennett stainless trim tabs are also standard. Our test boat had the optional Teleflex Morse Magic Bus throttle with shift controls and synchronizer.

Test Results

We tested the 38 with two people on board, ¾ tank of fuel and a full load of water. The 38 Express was on plane in 11.9 seconds and cruising at 30mph in only 12.3 seconds. We found her best cruise speed at 18.4mph turning 2000rpm. At cruise, she has a range of 365 miles on a full tank of fuel. She reached a maximum rev of 3300 rpm traveling 37.9mph, which produced a burn rate of 47.9gph and a range of 249 miles on a full tank. Sound levels were decent with the canvas open. She produces a sound level of only 67 dBa at idle and 78 dBa at cruise speed. We had cockpit air and canvas enclosure, so I know I would be running around Florida with the canvas closed and the air on, which will be even quieter.

The Sabreline 38 Express Hard Top offers you luxurious accommodations and great looks. If you want to cruise in luxury, style, and comfort be sure to see one for yourself at your local Sabreline dealer.

Sabre Yachts 38 Express Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Sabre Yachts 38 Express is 37.9 mph (61 kph), burning 47.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 181.3 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Sabre Yachts 38 Express is 18.4 mph (29.6 kph), and the boat gets 1.16 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.49 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 365 miles (587.41 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 2 x 440-hp Yanmar GLY - Diesel.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Sabre Yachts 38 Express Standard and Optional Equipment
Air Cond./Heat Standard
Battery Charger/Converter Standard
CD Stereo Optional
Dripless Shaft Seals Standard
Head: Fixed Standard
Power Steering Standard
Shore Power Standard
Trim Tabs Standard
TV/DVD Standard
Washdown: Fresh Water Optional at anchor locker
Water Heater Standard
Windlass Standard
Coffeemaker Standard
Icemaker Optional
Refrigerator Standard
Stove Standard
Exterior Features
Hardtop Standard
Ice Chest Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Transom Door Standard
Transom Shower Optional
Wet bar Standard
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Bow Thruster Optional
Engine Synchronizer Optional
Freezer Standard
Generator Optional
Oil Change System Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Sabre Yachts 38 Express Warranty

Sabre Yachts 38 Express Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
NMMA Certification Yes

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