Stoutly built, in­tel­li­gently de­signed and hand­some,

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the Sabre 45 Salon Ex­press fills the gap be­tween the builder’s 42 and 48. Sabre’s de­sign team, true to its Maine roots, re­lied on tra­di­tional New Eng­land style out­side and in­side. The team also set per­for­mance goals from the start that drove the rest of the yacht’s naval ar­chi­tec­ture.

“The hull form drives ev­ery­thing else, not the size of the for­ward berth at the shoul­ders,” says 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. We don’t have a CEO say­ing we have to fit three more beds into this hull.”

Burns and his team gave the 45 a warped bottom— the de­gree of V changes grad­u­ally from bow to tran­som—that ends in a dead­rise of 16 degrees. The goals were com­fort in a sea­way, speed and fuel econ­omy. Com­pu­ta­tional fluid dy­nam­ics helped to achieve all three, as did de­sign en­gi­neer­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics in the af­ter sec­tions that came from Volvo Penta, to ac­com­mo­date IPS drives.

Sabre builds the boat with E-glass over Core­cell foam that’s in­fused with vinylester resin and vac­uum bagged. The yard uses the Vac­uum In­fu­sion Process (VIP) as op­posed to the Sea­mann Com­pos­ites Resin In­fu­sion Mold­ing Process (SCRIMP). Sabre says the VIP method pro­vides an ad­van­tage over SCRIMP in the fiber-to-resin ra­tio.

Not that build­ing tech­nique is the first thing that comes to mind upon first sight of the 45; tied up at the end of a fin­ger float in New­port, Rhode Is­land, her tra­di­tional good looks stand out in a sea of trendy boats.

On board, her U-shaped set­tee hard against the tran­som seems like a per­fect spot for break­fast just af­ter sun­rise in a fa­vorite anchorage, or for a night­cap un­der a full moon. A bench against the af­ter bulk­head to star­board ought to be the best perch for let­ting the 45’s wake mes­mer­ize guests.

A pol­ished stain­less steel and glass door opens to the salon and pi­lot­house. Nat­u­ral light streams through glass and sets the cherry join­ery aglow. Set­tees, a straight bench to port and an L-shaped one op­po­site form a space for con­ver­sa­tion, din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment. A high-def­i­ni­tion TV rises from a cab­i­net.

At the helm, two Stidd seats face the cherry dash­board and teak-rimmed steer­ing wheel. Two 17-inch glass-bridge dis­plays from Volvo Penta and Garmin

blend with the var­nished wood­work. Out­board of the helm, a swing door opens onto the side deck, giv­ing the helms­man an easy way to help with lines while the IPS holds the boat on sta­tion.

Although the gal­ley is two steps be­low the bridge deck (Sabre refers to the po­si­tion­ing as a half-up gal­ley), the space basks in the light from the pi­lot­house wind­shield and side win­dows. Coun­ter­tops sur­round a stain­less steel sink and two-burner in­duc­tion cook­top. The gal­ley also has a two-drawer re­frig­er­a­tor, sin­gle­drawer freezer, con­vec­tion mi­crowave and stowage for dry goods, flat­ware, dishes and glass­ware.

The mas­ter state­room fills the fore­peak with a cen­ter­line berth, cedar-lined hang­ing locker, four­drawer bureau, cab­i­nets and head. A guest state­room is amid­ships to star­board. Its twin berths push to­gether to form a dou­ble, and its head dou­bles as a day head for the yacht. For own­ers who only need a mas­ter, the guest state­room can con­vert to an of­fice.

The 45’s stick-built in­te­rior rests on a molded com­pos­ite sub­struc­ture. This con­struc­tion method adds stiff­ness to the hull and per­mits the va­ri­ety of join­ery that gives the in­te­rior its am­bi­ence. All the cabin soles are teak and holly. Through a hatch cut into the salon’s sole is a nicely fin­ished space that can be a laun­dry room, ad­di­tional re­frig­er­a­tion, stowage or any cus­tom use. On the 45 that I sea-tri­aled, this area housed an op­tional Sea­keeper gy­rosta­bi­lizer.

Un­der­way in Nar­ra­gansett Bay, the wind blew an av­er­age of about 6 knots out of the south-south­west. We en­coun­tered a light chop in one area and 3-foot seas in an­other. These mi­nor an­noy­ances didn’t dis­turb the Sabre’s com­po­sure. Steer­ing re­mained light and pos­i­tive, and Volvo Penta’s in­te­grated au­to­matic trim sys­tem kept the yacht on an even keel. Sabre pro­grammed the sys­tem to limit the de­gree of heel dur­ing tight, high-speed turns, help­ing the boat main­tain speed and al­low­ing the helms­man to see the hori­zon and nearby boats from a stand­ing po­si­tion.

Time­less styling, sen­si­ble per­for­mance and a classy in­te­rior: that’s the Sabre 45 Salon Ex­press.

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