Sabre 386 Used Boat Review

A comfortable, capable passagemaker that sets the standard in this class and size range.


Foaming mountains of cold black water loomed out of the darkness behind me, rushing under the stern as the Sabre 386 careened down the face of another wave, bullets of icy spray pelting my foul-weather gear.  I was on the midnight watch under a brilliant full moon, racing towards the British Columbia coast, 600+ nm away. A westerly gale was rocketing us home on a close reach, the self-steering vane holding a steady course despite the quartering seas. I was alone at the helm of Amiskwi, a 2005 Sabre 386, the pool inside my foul weather gear banning all hope of staying dry as the seas built. Skipper Chris and sailing buddy Rick were below, drying out and catching some much-needed shut-eye before their turn at the helm.

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Bert Vermeer
As a coastal cruiser (and occasional racer), Bert Vermeer has sailed the coast of British Columbia for more than 40 years. With his wife Carey and daughter Nicky (and eventually granddaughter Natasha) in tow, Bert has gained an appreciation for the fabulous cruising grounds of the Canadian west coast. Based on his experience as a hands-on boater, he established a marine-based business after completing his police career. He now maintains, renovates and upgrades sail and power boats for local and non-resident owners in the off-season.


  1. Nice appreciation of a very nice boat.
    “To starboard of the companionway is the U- shaped galley….” While I’ll grant that what looks like an L- shaped galley in plan, feels like a U with the bulkhead just aft, placing it to starboard seems like a simple typo. Seafaring history is filled with more serious examples of what my father used to call, “The Reciprocal Problem.” While aft-facing nav stations are often good space savers, it is a potential source of just this trouble and requires extra care translating from the chart table to the deck.

  2. While I Am on ultrafast WiFi, and have logged in, signed in, logged on and am recognized by the site as indeed who I am, I can’t download or read the Sabre 386 review or any other articles?

    Very frustrated, Shawn

  3. My wife and I are still sailing hull #1 which we bought off the floor at The All Sail Show at Navy Pier in February 2004 and still love her (Granuaile) ! She sails like a dream and is very comfortable down below.