Sabre Yachts Answers Demand with the New 58
The Sabre 66 took the yachting community by storm three years ago. Everything about the newest and biggest Sabre was amazing, from her eye-catching lines and superyacht-grade interior joinery to her use of high-strength composites and lightweight materials throughout. The 66 has been an absolute show stopper ever since. However, with the retirement of the 54, a gap was left between Sabre’s flagship 66 and their very popular 48 and 45 models. That gap is about to be filled with an all new sistership.
Late in 2018, Sabre announced the brand new 58 to an excited dealer network and expansive customer base. Within a few months, the first ten hulls were already spoken for, placing this boat in a familiar production backlog before the first hull ever exited the mold.
LOA: 63’ 9″
Beam: 16’ 2”
Draft: 4’ 9”
Fuel Capacity: 800 gal.
Water Capacity: 230 gal.
Holding Tanks: 100 gal.
Dry Weight: 63,000 lbs.
Power: Twin Volvo IPS 950
Before a new Sabre model takes shape and well before the mold is ever cast, Sabre engages their customers to learn more of what they enjoy most about their Sabre or what they would change or improve upon. This input becomes invaluable to the design team as they work on the most intricate details of the boat’s layout and amenities.
As Bluewater’s Chris Hall, Jr. explains, “We were lucky enough to secure the first retail sale of the Sabre 58.” While the boat should deliver in Fall 2019, there have been no announcements on a major unveiling yet. “The boat show debut [for the 58] may be as early as Fort Lauderdale, but more likely Miami 2020,” Kevin Burns, VP of Design and Product Development told us. “Since we have several retail commitments for the 58 well ahead of production, our focus will be on serving our existing customers and making sure the model is everything we expect it to be, rather than on a boat show debut.”
BLUEWATER MAKE READY
“We have been very lucky to spend quite a bit of time on the Sabre 66 Dirigo’s (Dirigo is Latin for ‘I lead’ and is the Maine state motto). The Bluewater Yachting Center in Hampton is a perfectly distanced stopping point for refueling and docking overnight for these vessels heading south from the factory. The graceful lines and well thought out layout always impress no matter how many times I see one.”
– Chris Hall, Jr.
The outcome of this invaluable customer input resulted in some firsts for Sabre. The new 58 features a well-equipped galley on the main level with the salon. The port side aft placement of the galley combined with the broad-opening glass and stainless-steel doors that lead to the cockpit allow for an open entertaining space from the transom seating all the way to the helm companion bench. The main salon area also boasts a settee to starboard, aft of the helm with a U-shaped dinette adjacent to port. Overall, the layout makes impressive use of the boat’s generous length and beam.
Fresh, But Familiar
Like every new model released by Sabre, the 58 was a fresh design from the keel up, focusing on her single power option: Volvo’s IPS 950 with pod drives and duo props. However, this new build still borrows design cues and technology from her siblings including the longer and more rounded cabins found on the 45 and 66, plus the direct glazed windows and joinery systems from the 66. Similarities our eyes can’t see are the hidden strengths of the composite structure, stringer system and use of carbon fiber first introduced on the 66. “Folks who are familiar with the 66 will certainly recognize some elements in both the design and engineering of the new 58,” says Burns.
Since the 58 borrows her proportions from the larger 66, customers will find there is plenty of glass on the 58 with the enclosed main deck being longer and the windshield pushed farther forward. This translates to impressive amounts of natural light and a great view for every guest on board, no matter what seat they opt for. Below decks are 3 luxurious staterooms each with an en-suite head and port lights and hatches that let in natural light. “The full beam master will be a true retreat for 58 owners, in the heart of the arrangement and extremely well insulated from the machinery space by the arrangement of the head, hanging lockers, and tankage,” Burns boasts.
“The full beam master will be a true retreat for 58 owners…”
As seen on the Sabre 66, the company’s interior joinery is hand-crafted in Maine and known for outstanding quality.
The 58 will be the first model to see the trickle down of the Sabre 66’s fully-networked electrical system with intuitive digital interfaces. This network monitoring and control of major ship systems relies on the NMEA 2000 backbone and provides users full control of nearly every vital system from a single station. This includes DC and AC electrical circuits throughout the boat, plus data available from the boat’s engine computers and connected electronics including navigation and sound systems. Sabre seamlessly integrates all this technology into the boat and utilizes an onboard Wi-Fi network with iPad Minis that act as wireless controllers for the network of systems.
Sabre does a phenomenal job blending the timeless lines and appeal of a Downeast-style yacht with the latest in technology from cored composites and high-strength carbon fiber to their new networked electrical systems and digital interfaces. It comes as no surprise that every boat they build from 38’-66’ is at such high demand that their orders stretch out to the following model year.
However, always keen to put the customer first, Sabre is planning a 56,000 square foot expansion for boat building operations at their Rockland, Maine facility to begin in summer of 2019. Once complete, this expansion will provide additional production space for Sabre’s skilled craftspeople. While this may help shorten the delivery window for new models, Sabre will never deviate from their core values of hand building every boat from start to finish. Hall explains it best, “Customers are always delightfully surprised when they come to the Sabre facilities for a tour, as it does not take them long to realize they are witnessing something very special. Every boat is truly ‘Built in the Maine Tradition.’”