John page williams
The following review was written by John Page Williams, Editor-at-large, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. John, senior naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine for 30 years, specializing in environmental issues, nature, wildlife, fishing and boats. He has been testing new and used boats for the magazine's Time-Tested and New Boat News departments since 1998.
Sabre 40 Sedan
AUGUST 2010
 
   
L OA  14' 10"  /  Beam 14'
Draft  3' 4" /  Deadrise 16 deg.
Displ.  26,000 lb
Bridge Clearance 12' 6"
Fuel 380 gal / Water 60 gal
Base Price  $598,000 with twin 380-hp Cummins Q2B5.9 common-rail diesels on Zues drives

Sabre's new 40 Sedan cruiser reflects her builder's traditional safety and craftsmanship in both fiberglass and wood, while she shows off new construction techniques and a modern pod-drive system. The semi-V hull with lifting strakes is built of biaxial E-glass and Airex foam core, infused with resin for a stronger, lighter hull. Zeus pod drives powered by twin 380-hp Cummins B-Series common-rail electronic diesels provide excellent soundproofing. The result is a comfortable vessel that cruises efficiently and quietly at 25 to 30 mph. She also handles like a sports car at cruising speeds, and parks just as easily with the Zeus joystick.

In Sabre tradition, the 40 Sedan offers intelligent interior space, with an airy salon that includes side-by-side helm and companion seats (Stidd) and a dinette. The galley is half-down and open to the saloon. Forward of it is a full head/shower to port, with a guest cabin/office to starboard. The master stateroom offers a comfortable queen berth with abundant storage. The extensive cabinetwork in teak, holly and cherry is first-rate. An Onan 9-kilowatt generator drives the 120V AC electrical system, while the space-saving Zeus pod drives allow installation of an optional compact washer/dryer in the engine room. Sabre Yachts, South Casco, Maine, 207-655-3831; www.sabreyachts.com