Sabre Opening SpreadThe latest technology with Downeast tradition

By John Armstrong and Andy Adams

The Sabre 45 Salon Express is new for 2017, making its debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this fall.

It is certainly a handsome yacht with distinctive and traditional Downeast lines and seaman-like features that tell you it’s ready to take on a serious voyage as well as a Sunday afternoon cruise. The Sabre Yacht line goes back to the 1970’s but don’t let the strong family resemblance fool you – this yacht features the latest technology and design.

Volvo D6 Engines
Looking forward from the transom, the bright and well-organized engine room has a Volvo D6 engine on either side and the Seakeeper 5 Gyro is dead ahead on the centerline.

In terms of layout, the boat’s design is one of the most popular features. From the cockpit through the salon, the floor connects the main living areas at the same level.You can walk all the way from the stern to the helm on one flat floor and buyers love that.

The Master Stateroom

 

 

 

The master stateroom is in the bow with queen-size berth, drawers underneath, overhead lockers, hanging lockers and this gorgeous cherry wood finish.

Starting at the stern, the swim platform on our test boat featured a hydraulic lift system making it easy and convenient to launch and retrieve a dinghy, lower it to go swimming, etc. The platform had the optional teak decking that looks great and is so functional. Port and starboard side transom gates make getting in and out easy and an electrically deployed Sure Shade can extend out over the cockpit to keep people cool and comfortable.

The Sabre designs are known for their wide side decks and substantial deck rails plus handrails located under the cabin roof overhang. On the test boat, the dealer had finished the toe rails with gloss varnish and it lookedsimply fantastic. The flat rail shape is easier to varnish and you can keep it looking rich and new for years, or let it silver and save the effort.

Interior FinishThe interior finish is timeless and gorgeous. Notice the twin Stidd seats at the helm and companion positions, the Volvo Penta / Garmin Glass Cockpit and large window areas for great sightlines.

Upfront there is a substantial anchor locker with a Quick windlass and our readers will be interested to know that all of the substantial and beautifully finished stainless steel hardware is custom-made for Sabre in Grand Mer, Québec.

Most of the deck area is relatively flat and finished in grippy non-skid for safety.

4692- The guest cabin has two singles that move electrically to become one queen. Lots of storage and an opening porthole make this a cozy and comfortable cabin.

The salonis very social with seats to port and starboard and gorgeous high-gloss tables with Canadian maple inlay. The electrically operated sunroof over the cabin is a feature you will always enjoy and other touches like the electric lift for the television in the salon is the sort of feature Sabre is known for. Another thing people like is that you can see through the cabin windows from all of the seats making the boat very open and comfortable to be in. Substantial polished stainless steel frames glass in the aft cabin bulkhead and add to the open feeling.

The SalonThis is the salon view forward from the aft bulkhead demonstrating how the seats are at a natural height to look out the windows – very comfortable for passengers.

Twin Stidd seats at the helm and companion positions are praised for their ergonomic design and comfort. They are mounted on a sturdy box that is actually the housing for the air-conditioning system plus some storage. Another really cool feature is that the joystick docking control has now been located in the captain's armrest where it's especially convenient.

Volvo Penta has now made it possible to run the boat right up to full speed using the joystick rather than having to steer with the wheel and if you let go of the joystick, the auto helm takes over and keeps the boat going on that heading.

That Starship Enterprise feeling continues with the twin Garmin Glass Cockpit screens on the binnacle top. The Glass Cockpit is the product of a partnership with technology giant Garmin. The Glass Cockpit control and monitoring system is fully integrated with the Volvo Penta IPS drive system. You can display navigation, engine data, warnings, alarms and other information on high-tech, multi-function flat-screen displays at the helm station. Engine control and monitoring are brought together in a dashboard that features a common ergonomic user interface.

Head CompartmentNotice the ceramic tile floor and attractive vessel sink in the head compartment. The shower stall has a glass partition.

There is also the new Garmin ActiveCaptain mobile app that allows you to manage your marine experience from nearly anywhere. It creates a simple yet powerful connection between your compatible mobile device and your compatible Garmin chart plotter, charts, maps and the boating community.

The test Sabre 45 also includedthe Humphree active trim and stabilizer system to improve efficiency and comfort and it was also equipped with the Seakeeper 5 Gyro. The Seakeeper is an expensive option but more and more people are discovering how comfortable it can be when the Gyro is working to stabilize the boat, minimizing roll at all speeds and even when you are tied up dockside.

So while the Sabre 45 Salon Express looks rather traditional, it’s right there with the latest features for comfort and convenience.

At the helm, an exclusive feature of the new 45 is the side door for the captain. It's lovely to run with the side door open and it's extremely helpful when docking or communicating with people who are outside. Sometimes low-tech features are important too!

Salon and CockpitThe view of the salon and cockpit looking aft from the helm, shows how the one continuous floor level joins the two living spaces. The dining table folds out to make room for the whole gang at dinner.

Sabre knows its owners are really going to run their boat to distant places and the designers have taken the time to add things like storage for your sunglasses or your cell phone at the helm.

Making the best use of the space, Sabre has designed the boat with the galley down two steps. This facilitates expanding thecounter space, puts the cook down a little lower to minimize roll and yet the cook can still easily see and talk to people sitting in the salon.

Galley Counter SpaceBy dropping it two steps, Sabre was able to give the galley a lot more counterspace while keeping the cook a part of the party. The induction cooktop and three drawer-type refrigerators are great cruising features.

For owners planning extended cruising, the boat can be equipped with a water purifier system and the galley includes solid Corian countertops in your choice of 12 different colors.

There is a big storage area under the galley side and the Sabre is equipped with high-end features like an induction cooktop, Isotherm refrigerator and freezer, a handy little storage box in the step, an outstanding and very seaman-like electrical panel in the companionway that simplifies all the ship’s systems.

Utility Room

 

 

 

This is the "utility room" under the salon floor. This boat has another freezer located here, a wine cooler and on the port side, separate washer and dryer.

Forward, is the master stateroom which has a centerline mounted queen berth, side storage, hanging lockers on starboard and a bank of drawers to port as well as more drawers under the berth. There's a private master head with real ceramic tile, mirrored medicine cabinet and even a full-length mirror for dressing.

Then there is the guest stateroom down the starboard side and this can be made up either as two singles or a double if you slide the berth sideways. It is electrically activated. There's also a guest head that includes features like a glass shower enclosure, ceramic tiles, a vessel sink and more.

One of the most striking features about all the Sabre boats is the beautiful cherry wood interior finish all through the yacht. The joinery work is first class. It looks just fabulous and it will also be very long-lived.

The new 45 Salon Express is exclusively powered by twin Volvo Penta IPS 600s with D6 435 hp engines. Performance is very smooth and solid with a fast cruise of almost 32 miles her hour and good fuel economy. It’s quiet when running too. Since the engines are now located in the stern, engine noise is muted and you wind up with a big space under the salon floor that could only be called the ‘utility room’. Here you could mount an individual washer and dryerset, have an extra freezer, carry bicycles with you or other large objects that would not normally fit easily on board a boat.

The Sabre 45 Salon Express is in the heart of their market there has been steady and growing demand for Sabre boats in the 40-foot range. Of course this is a very exclusive yacht yet the company is building and delivering 18 of these the year and the new design is already backordered.

If this is the yacht that you’ve been dreaming about, best to call now!

SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINES:
Twin Volvo Penta IPS 600 drives with joystick docking. Twin D6 435 hp inline 6 cylinder diesel engines.

RPM / MPH
600 – 4.2
1000 – 6.9
1400 – 10.0
1800 – 12.1
2000 – 13.9
2200 – 15.9
2600 – 21.5
3000 – 28.8
3200 – 30.8
3250 – 31.8
3500 – 34.5
3600 – 36.8

LENGTH OVERALL: 49′ 0″ /14.94m
BEAM: 14′ 8″ / 4.47 m
DISPLACEMENT (HALF LOAD): 34,700 lbs / 15,739 kg
FUEL: 450 US Gal /1688 L
WATER: 150 US Gal / 562 L
HOLDING: 65 US Gal / 244 L
Designed to ABYC, NMMA, USCG and CE Category B standards
PRICE: $1,150,000.00 US Funds

Test boat and pricing supplied by: Sabre Yachts, www.sabreyachts.com

Related Articles

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 11:56

The Beneteau Oceanis 55 was unveiled at the Paris Boat Show in December 2012.  We had the pleasure of sailing the Oceanis 55 immediately following the North American debut at Strictly Sail – the...

Friday, 03 January 2014 11:51

The brand new Cruisers Yachts 328 Bow Rider is one of a new breed of boats that is redefining our expectations. The emphasis is on living space, entertaining friends and family on board and on going...

Friday, 03 January 2014 10:56

I had the pleasure of running and reviewing the Swift 50 when I was in Annapolis last October; the boat was supplied by Beneteau America and was moored at Annapolis Yacht Sales.The French-built...

Monday, 19 August 2013 13:23

A fully-enclosed wheelhouse is a smart addition to this new 28’ Whaler, giving it all-weather capability as a sport fisher, commuter or pocket cruiser. The new Boston Whaler 285 Conquest was...

Monday, 19 August 2013 13:07

The first example of Beneteau’s Swift Trawler 52 on North America’s west coast is berthed just off the seafront walkway in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour. Her shippy good looks – a clean, contemporary...

Monday, 11 March 2013 14:45

Darned clever those Beneteau people! Rather than just showing their Swift 34 at boat shows or in ads, the company rigged out a boat, named it “The Greatest Loop” and sent it on a 5,137 nautical mile...

Neptunus 650F

By Andy Adams

Over the years Canadian Yachting has had the pleasure of doing several boat review articles on new Neptunus models and we are familiar with the qualities that Neptunus is famous for. They have all been exceptional yachts, but this is the one I would most want to own myself. It’s a personal choice and a matter of taste as to whether you would prefer to have a sedan express model or a flybridge but in my opinion, the flybridge layout offers some wonderful attributes.

We met with Neptunus Managing Director Jan Willem De Jong this past fall to take the new Neptunus 650F out in Lake Ontario. 

Read More

Destinations

  • Prev
I sail on Lake St Clair. Michigan is on one side of the lake, and Ontario is on the other. My ...
The bright summer sun forces its way through magnificent Arbutus trees as I dive off our ...
I was first seduced by the United States Virgin Islands during a ferry ride from St. Thomas to ...
It was the last day of August and we were in Little Current heading south. Our Lasalle winter haul ...
Cowichan Bay is a waterfront village with a row of shops, artisan products, marine supplies and a ...
Instant towns have sprung up in the past, especially on the BC coast. In the late 1850s, Victoria ...
Following the War of 1812, a battle that Canada narrowly won against the United States, the ...
You’ve weathered COVID and you’re ready to book your charter to paradise. You’ve done some ...
If you are looking for an interesting destination for a weekend trip or longer, Quebec City will ...
A holiday often is defined by the experiences we make in unique and beautiful settings. But what ...

Sunset off St. John

By Mark Stevens

I was first seduced by the United States Virgin Islands during a ferry ride from St. Thomas to Tortola to begin one of our earliest British Virgin Islands charters nearly twenty years ago.

A perfect sunset off St. John with St. Thomas views for backdrop.

Clearing Pillsbury Sound, surrounded by voluptuous emerald mountains as the ferry sliced through royal blue waters, I was struck by the unspoiled ambiance of St. John, the island gliding past our starboard beam and the irresistible charm of a village called Cruz Bay visible from our quarter stern.

Read More

Lifestyle

  • Prev
Our Photo of the Week this time comes from our CY Team at FLIBS. Perhaps it’s the camera angle or ...
Yes, we are once again going to the dogs, a very popular and always welcome Photo of the Week ...
Last week Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance from Chester NS were named today Sail Canada’s Rolex ...
This week’s Photo of the Week comes from BC. The 99th Grey Creek Regatta was held at the Lakeview ...
Back in 2019 (I believe) your magazine used a pic of Sweet Love, a Ranger Tug 31, in a photo ...
a few shots of my wife Maggie practicing her silks routine on our 1982 C&C in the North Channel ...
Last issue, we took a look at boat names. Little did we know we would get what probably will be the ...
Boat names and puns go together like …. Well, like nothing else. Here’s a couple shared by our pal ...
Frequent Windsor racing contributor to Sailing in Canada Roger Renaud, caught this gorgeous ...
The Kingston Yacht Club (KYC) celebrated its 125th anniversary in the summer of 2021, in all the ...

DIY & How to

  • Prev
Last issue we explored NMEA 2000 networking, including the advantages of creating an on-board ...
The fungicide also acts as a biocide and prevents bacteria & fungal growth contamination from ...
Imagine a world where multiple touch-screens conveniently located will display information from ...
Last fall, a few members at my yacht club walked over and joined the exchange, which, by the way, ...
Boaters tend to be hands-on and active. Many (most?) like to launch and trailer our boats on our ...
We settled Svala into what my family and I had come to think of as the most desirable anchorage on ...
Never chartered? No problem. Here’s how to plan, execute and enjoy a vacation on a charter yacht ...
Once you’ve removed everything around and opened up all accesses to the engine and prop shaft, use ...
Most boaters are thinking about the end of the season at this time of year: prepping for haul-out, ...
Do you have abnormal engine vibration; rubber dust around engine mounts; telltale signs of possible ...

Svala at Anchor

Story and photos by Matt Bera

We settled Svala into what my family and I had come to think of as the most desirable anchorage on Lake Ontario, on a sunny summer afternoon. With an abandoned settlement, an old schoolhouse full of swallows, giant snakes and a rum-running past, Main Duck Island had it all.

That we had to sail past the Psyche Shoal, a magnetic disturbance, and into the middle of the rumoured Marysburgh Vortex made an even better sea story. It had taken us two attempts, two years, two boats and a new sort-of experimental engine to get there.

Read More

 

  

Sailing With a Captain

By Zuzana Prochazka

Never chartered? No problem. Here’s how to plan, execute and enjoy a vacation on a charter yacht where life is easy and the sunsets can’t be beat.

Decide on a crewed or bareboat charter

A crewed charter means you have a captain who manages the boat and maybe a chef or mate as well. Crewed charters ensure a safe and comfortable vacation with most everything done for you. The chefs are usually outstanding so if you’re a foodie, you’ll be in heaven and you may be able to pick up new recipes too. Larger crewed yachts may also have a mate who works with the captain and will do things like getting toys (kayaks, SUPs, snorkel gear, etc.) ready for you to use so you do very little work.

Read More

 

  

Marine Products

  • Prev
The world of marine electronics is just on fire in terms of development. You can almost name ...
On the water, most people store mobile devices in safe but relatively inaccessible spots. This ...
Many consider a tender a utilitarian means to an end—mere transportation. Argos Nautic's RIB ...
Internal mechanical marine tank sensors are plagued with problems that cause inaccurate readings. ...
When the weather turns ugly, how many of us contemplate just taking off, maybe forever. Long ...
Nothing is worse than going to the freezer to find that you’re out of ice. With a portable ice ...
For the skiers, wakeboarders, wakeskaters, or kneeboarders, the Kwik Tek Airhead Rope is a ...
Highly regarded by our readers as some of the best wine glasses for marine use out on the market ...
Teak accents and accessories are always a good idea. Keep your glassware safe with this appealing ...
The Hot Dog Banana Tube (aka “water weenie”) guarantees a summer full of laughter and fun.

News

  • Prev
Have you taken everything off the water already or are you still out there enjoying this amazing ...
On November 15th 2022, Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), introduced ...
Originally launched in 2022, Four Winns’ H-series’ success elevated the brand’s reputation as an ...
We couldn’t resist this promotional story and video from Yanmar. Thanks. Let’s enjoy the waterways ...
If you’re a first responder, work or just spend time recreating on or near cold water, this ...
SamBoat, already well implanted in Europe, is a boat rental platform that allows people to rent ...
West coast builder, Aspen Power Catamarans, has developed a new series of lightweight rigid tenders ...
The Four Winns TH36 Catamaran had its world premiere at the Cannes Yachting Festival, September ...
After borrowing boats for a couple of years, longtime J105 fanatic and many-year organizer of the ...
Due to ongoing mechanical issues, the Kirkfield Lift Lock will remain closed for the foreseeable ...

Mercury marine V10 OutboardsOn November 15th 2022, Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), introduced the industry’s first ever V10 outboard with the official launch of its all-new 5.7L 350 and 400hp Verado® outboard engines.
 
Consistent with the award-winning Verado brand, the new V10 engines are the quietest and smoothest in their class running 45 percent quieter than a leading competitor at cruise. In addition to NVH, the new Verado’s are not only compatible with the latest Mercury SmartCraft® technologies but will also be offered with an optional dual-mode 48V/12V alternator to seamlessly pair with Navico Group’s Fathom® e-power system, an integrated lithium-ion auxiliary power management system, providing boaters the opportunity to eliminate an onboard generator system.

Read More