Sabreline 42 Hardtop Express
JULY 2003
 
   
Length overall  47'4"
Beam 14'4"
Draft  3'9"
Displacement  29,000 lb
Fuel Capacity  450 gals
Water Capacity 160 gals
Standard power  Twin 440hp Yanmar 6LY diesles
Base Price  $495,000

Sabreline has come out with a big sister to their popular 36 express, and this 42-foot hardtop version is bound to be just as much in demand, based upon her good looks, well-designed living space, and solid performance.

'The 42 Express was planned as a second version of the 42-foot hull, we developed three years ago,' ex-plained Bentley Collins, sales manager of Sabre Yachts of South Casco, Maine. 'We also have more than 100 owners of the 36-foot Sabreline Express. When one listens to clients and to dealers, one hears dozens of thoughts about how a boat should be laid out, how it should look and how it should perform. Assembling those ideas and thoughts and defining a new boat is the work of the Sabre design team headed by George Menezes.'

They have achieved their objectives. The Express is pretty to look at, with its classic Downeast lines, and the low-profile cabin top belies the large amount of living space below. The layout in the main saloon is quite inviting, open and airy, with light cherry wood paneling and ultra-leather upholstery on the L-shaped settee, which wraps around an adjustable inlaid table and faces the standard entertainment center. The galley in the corner has a two-burner flush-top electric stove and a small refrigerator/freezer underneath. With a removable lid, the stainless-steel sink is inset under the countertop, and a convection microwave is built into the cabinet above the stove. Drawers and storage lockers are underneath the spacious and ample counter.

The companionway is offset slightly to port, providing extra room for the guest cabin, equipped with a pull-out settee that forms a double berth. The master stateroom has a double island berth with lots of storage underneath, lockers above and soft headliner panels. There's a cedar-lined hanging locker with a louvered door to starboard and a three-drawer bureau to port. The master stateroom also has direct access to the head with a separate shower stall, and the teak-and-holly sole throughout adds a particularly yachty feel.

The helm deck was designed as the real social center of the boat. The Stidd helm and copilot chairs are standard. The L-shaped settee and adjustable table provide comfortable seating while a broad chart table in front of the copilot chair, with a clear plastic cover to keep charts from blowing away, provides practicality. Across from the table, there's a wet bar with a stainless-steel sink, Corian countertop and ice maker. The molded control station at the helm has plenty of room on the dash for electronic displays.

Back in the cockpit, there's an aft-facing bench seat and another single seat. In the sole are three large square hatches providing access to the three-foot deep lazarette. Molded steps lead up to the wide side decks. And, on the foredeck, there's a deep anchor locker with a freshwater washdown to rinse off the anchor after gunkholing.

It was evening when I finally got a chance to go for a boat ride with Bentley and Brenda, his wife and coworker, along with a large group of prospective buyers. We slipped away from the marina under the rising full moon. The wind had been coming out of the east all day at about 20 knots and the boat traffic had kicked up a really nasty chop in the channel. Still, we plowed on and the boat handled quite well, with no pounding in the waves. And, even in rough sea conditions, the spray rails and chines kept the deck and windshield dry. The deep-V hull starts out with a 60-degree deadrise in the bow, then flattens out aft to 16 degrees at the transom. The props are protected in pockets.

On the relatively calm straight-away, we were doing 26 knots at 2600 rpm, and got up to about 30 knots at wide open throttle, about 3000 rpm, although the factory specs show the top speed a couple knots higher. As I previously said, conditions were fairly rough and we had a lot of people on board, which accounts for the difference.