Boat Review

May 2013 Issue

Boat Test: The Last Sabre 34 Mark II

Roger Hewson’s racer-cruiser gets high marks for performance.

In 1985, after nearly a decade of building the popular Sabre 34, Sabre Yachts significantly revamped the design. The resulting boat—beamier, roomier, faster, and more powerful than the original—is usually referred to as the Sabre 34 Mark II. The Mark II, like its predecessor, still hews the performance-cruising line that Sabre established with the introduction of its very first boat, the Sabre 28, in 1971. The Sabre 34 Mark II is not without quirks, but its many positives far outweigh its downsides.

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