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Sabre Yachts History

There must be something in the water. Why else would Roger Hewson leave Montreal and his construction business and move to Raymond, Maine, and open a boatyard? (Probably because of Maine’s centuries-old boatbuilding tradition.) In 1970, along with his wife, Charlie, and his childhood sketch of a sloop, that’s what he did. One year later, he introduced the first Sabre 28 at the Newport Boat Show in Rhode Island. (“Sabre,” which is what a thin, curved cavalry sword is called, was the ideal name for his long, sleek boat.) From ’71 to ’86, the company built 588 Sabre 28s. Other Sabre Yachts models included the Sabre 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 42, 362, 402 and 452. Sabre stopped producing sailing yachts in 2012.

Hewson’s dream was to build a Downeaster style sailboat using today’s fiberglass technology and other innovations. Thanks to his classic designs and a committed crew of versatile craftsmen, Sabre Yachts achieved that and produced a line-up of dual-engine, pod-drive, joystick-controlled sailing yachts. Even with all that high-tech know-how, Sabre sailing yachts still provided the comfort, stability and space Downeast boats are known for.

From Sailboats to Motor Yachts

Interested in expanding its market, the yacht builder began producing tri-cabin motor-yachts in 1989. Today, these high-performance powerboats – all built on planing V-hulls – makeup half of the boats built at Sabre Yachts. Current models range from 38 to 66 feet and include the Salon Express 38, 42, 45, 48, 58, 66 Dirigo and the Fly Bridge 42, 48, 66 Dirigo. Dirigo, which means “I lead” in Latin and is Maine’s official motto, is the first American-built Downeaster motor-yacht of its size. And it truly does lead in quality, comfort, design and smart technology.

In 1991, Ed Miller acquired Sabre Yachts. Four years later, he and co-owner Daniel Zilkha acquired North End Marine – a major manufacturer of fiberglass parts and marine molds – located in Rockland, Maine. Today, the Raymond facility builds the 38-to-54-foot motor yachts, and the 240,000-square-foot Rockland site produces the 66 Dirigo.

QC Parents

What separates Sabre Yachts from its competitors is the company’s extensive quality assurance program, where owners and dealers are encouraged to provide feedback. Their input is incorporated into the Model Year Improvement program, which starts with each boat being assigned a “parent.” Boat parents follow their boat through the manufacturing process to make sure every part, subassembly, build stage lives up to Sabre Yachts’ reputation for superior quality and performance.

Shipyard Stats:

Founder: Roger Hewson; present co-owners Ed Miller, Daniel Zilkha
Yacht Type: Sailboats, motor yachts
Yacht Models: Salon Express 38 to 58, Dirigo 66; Fly Bridge 42, 48, Dirigo 66
Size: 38 to 54 feet

After 50 years, Sabre Yachts is still true to its motto: Crafted in the Maine Tradition.

If you’re looking for a Downeaster crafted in the Maine tradition, check out our Sabre yachts for sale database. We use cutting-edge cloud network technology, enterprise-level software tools and real-time, reliable information to make your search easier.

1970
Established
Rockland, Maine
Location
Composite, VIP Resin-Infusion Technology, Planing V-Hulls
Construction

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Sabre Yachts Models

Model Name Production Year LOA Beam Draft
34 Hardtop Express 2006-2010 34.5ft 13.25ft 3ft
38 Express 2005-2009 36.66ft 13.66ft 3.33ft
38 Salon Express 2013-2020 38.83ft 13.33ft 3.33ft
40-42 Salon Express 2009-2020 40.83ft 14.33ft 3.33ft
42 Hardtop Express 2004-2012 42.25ft 14.33ft 3.75ft
45 Salon Express 2018-2020 49ft 14.66ft 3.75ft
48 Salon Express 2012-2020 47.5ft 15.33ft 3.75ft
52-54 Salon Express 2007-2015 53.16ft 16ft 4.25ft

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