Per­for­mance De­sign

SABRE YACHTS LAUNCHES THE 45 SA­LON EX­PRESS.

Passage Maker - - Troubleshooter - BY DEN­NIS CAPRIO

open ocean, self-re­liance, weeks at sea, and the ever-beck­on­ing hori­zon set yachts­men dream­ing of life with­out teth­ers. The lifestyle, known among de­voted fans as pas­sage-mak­ing, is a pas­sion­ate ver­sion of go­ing from point a to b, and it comes in a wide va­ri­ety of sizes, colors, and fla­vors. Its purest form re­quires a com­modi­ous long-range cruiser that will hold one’s en­tire life­time of stuff and pro­vide most of the ameni­ties found in shore­side liv­ing. In its most prim­i­tive form, how­ever, pas­sage-mak­ing re­quires lit­tle more than a sea­wor­thy kayak. be­tween these two ex­tremes, you’ll find a host of op­tions to suit your idea of a proper pas­sage­maker. The new sabre 45 sa­lon Ex­press is one of those.

stoutly built, in­tel­li­gently de­signed, and hand­some, the 45 will take you to more des­ti­na­tions than your life­time al­lows. sabre’s de­sign team, true to its Casco, Maine, roots, has re­lied once again on the tra­di­tional new Eng­land style—out­side and in­side—that’s made the com­pany suc­cess­ful from the be­gin­ning. Call it con­ser­va­tive if you must, but think of it as for­ever friendly. These boats share many of the cap­ti­vat­ing de­sign mo­tifs found on work­ing lob­ster boats and new Eng­land bass boats of the past and present. These el­e­ments of style, com­bined with the type’s leg­endary sea-keep­ing abil­ity, en­cour­age shop­pers to trust the plea­sure-boat in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the work­ing craft. They are not mis­guided.

sabre de­signs its mo­to­ry­achts from the out­side in. The team de­cides which per­for­mance char­ac­ter­is­tics it wants, and then pens the naval ar­chi­tec­ture to suit.

“The hull form drives ev­ery­thing else, not the size of the for­ward berth at the shoul­ders,” said kevin burns, vice pres­i­dent of de­sign and prod­uct devel­op­ment. “so, we don’t have to change the shape of the hull to ac­com­mo­date the in­te­rior.

“at sabre, we don’t have a for­mu­laic, scal­able, de­fault hull,” burns said. “we re­ally take ev­ery sin­gle project as a white sheet of paper.” burns and his team gave the 45 a warped dead­rise—the de­gree of v changes grad­u­ally from bow to tran­som—which ends in a dead­rise of 16°. Their goal is com­fort in a sea­way, speed, and fuel econ­omy. sabre has been head­ing away from the tra­di­tional method of devel­op­ing de­signs—look­ing at dead­rise an­gles, quar­ter-beam but­tock lines, etc.—and to­ward full com­pu­ta­tional fluid dy­nam­ics (CfDI. CfD anal­y­sis gives the team a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of which ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments af­fect those three goals.

“a dead­rise dis­tri­bu­tion that might work at 66 feet is not go­ing to work at 45 feet,” burns said. a lot of the de­sign cri­te­ria in the af­ter sec­tions comes from volvo penta, as it does for ev­ery boat­builder that uses the com­pany’s Ips drives.

boats of­ten make the same type of first im­pres­sion we at­tribute to hu­mans. The ones that feel right, do so within a hand­ful of min­utes af­ter we meet them. The sabre 45 sa­lon Ex­press feels right. we met at the newport Ma­rina, lee’s wharf, newport, rhode Is­land, early in the af­ter­noon of June 21. like a hand­shake, the cock­pit wel­comed me. a u-shape set­tee hard against the tran­som seemed like a per­fect spot for break­fast just af­ter sun­rise in a fa­vorite an­chor­age, or a night­cap un­der a full moon. a two-place bench set against the af­ter bulk­head on the star­board side is the best perch from which to let the 45’s wake mes­mer­ize you.

a pol­ished stain­less steel and glass door opens onto the sa­loon/pilothouse. an abun­dance of nat­u­ral light stream­ing through acres of glass sets the cherry join­ery aglow. set­tees, a straight bench on the port side and an l-shape one op­po­site, form a cozy space for con­ver­sa­tion, din­ing, and en­ter­tain­ment. The high-def­i­ni­tion Tv lives in a cabi­net at the for­ward end of the port­side set­tee and emerges and re­treats at the touch of a but­ton. high-gloss var­nish, which seemed deep enough to drown in, cov­ers the ta­ble at the star­board set­tee. The high-low pedestal lets it also serve as a cof­fee ta­ble.

Two stidd seats face the el­e­gant cherry dash­board and teakrim steer­ing wheel. The two volvo/garmin 17-inch glass-bridge dis­plays blended with the var­nished woodwork. out­board of the helm, a swing door gives ac­cess to the star­board side deck, giv­ing the helms­man an easy way to help with lines, or sin­gle-hand the ship, while the Ips holds the boat on sta­tion.

al­though the gal­ley is two steps be­low the bridge deck, it basks in the light from the wind­shield and side win­dows.

The mid-level fea­tures plenty of counter top space, stor­age, and a nice peek at the wa­ter through a port­light above the sink. 58 pas­sage­maker.com Oc­to­ber 2017

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