Sabre 38 Salon Express

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  • Downeast Cruising Motor Yacht
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The Sabre 38 Salon Express represents the latest in design and naval architecture.

Her exterior profile says “downeast” and she is built in the tradition of Maine boat building: elegant, strong, steady, reliable and seaworthy. Below her skin, technology is everywhere: from her resin infused laminates, to state of the art systems, to her pod propulsion drive train.

Her hull lines are the latest thinking in vee-hulled motor yachts and are specifically designed for the installation of pods, offering increased fuel economy, quiet running and a pleasant dry ride. Pods lower noise by pushing out exhaust through the propeller stream and perhaps most importantly, allow confident boat handling when docking or maneuvering in tight spaces.

The interior of the Sabre 38 Salon Express is an open design which suits a day’s outing with friends as easily as it does a longer cruise. Her cockpit is raised to a level just 5 inches below the main salon so as to connect these two important social spaces, and the aft end of the house opens with a drop down window and a swing door.

In her main salon, a raised, U-shaped settee with fixed table comfortably seats six. The forward end of the settee can be oriented forward to provide a comfortable mate’s seat when underway. To starboard, aft of the standard Stidd helm seat, is a long cabinet housing an LED television and extensive storage compartments for the owner’s gear.

On the lower level are a master stateroom with island berth and an en-suite head with shower. A functional galley is located to port and within easy reach and sight of the main salon. Below the helm deck, to port, is the lower lounge which can also convert to a second sleeping accommodation.

The master stateroom offers the comfort of a queen-sized island berth and an en suite head compartment.

Welcome aboard the Sabre 38 Salon Express.


Basic Information

38 Salon Express
Boat Type:
Motor Yacht
Hull Material:
Hull Type:
Modified Deep Vee

Dimensions & Weight

38 ft 03 in - 11.7m
41 ft 9 in - 12.74 metre
13 ft 4 in - 4.06 metre
Draft - max:
3 ft 4 in - 1.01 metre
Bridge Clearance:
13 ft 3 in - 4.04 metre
Dry Weight:
21500 lbs - 9752 kgs
Deadrise at Transom:
17.00 °

Standard Engine

Volvo Penta
D6 IPS-450
340 x2
Engine Type: In Line 6 
Drive Type: IPS POD
Fuel Type:

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
300 gallons - 1125 L
Fresh Water Tank:
100 gallons - 380 L
Holding Tank:
40 gallons - 150 L


Total Cabins:
Total Berths:
Total Sleeps:
Total Heads:
Crew Cabins:
Crew Berths:
Crew Sleeps:
Crew Heads:


Standard Equipment

Standard Engine / Gen Set System

Twin Volvo Penta D4 300HP engines linked to Volvo Penta IPS drives. 3.71 (4) cylinder fresh water-cooled includes Volvo electronic controls

Volvo Active Corrosion Protection system.

12V alternators each engine.

Volvo raw water intake strainers

Engine room blower.

Engine room vent ducts.

White gelcoated engine room

Mylar Foil face foam noise barrier.

6kW Koehler Generator


Fuel System

Twin 150 USG roto-molded diesel fuel tanks.

Racor fuel filters.

2” “Diesel” deck fill plate


Steering and Trim Systems

Volvo Penta IPS helm

Lenco Auto Glide trim tab system with GPS receiver and NMEA backbone


Helm Station

Single N Series Stidd helm chair

Volvo IPS electronic controls.

Engine Start/Stop control panel.

Volvo Penta color display (1) with:

     Tachometer w/hour meter

     Engine temperature

     Engine oil pressure

     Transmission oil pressure


     Water in fuel warning

     Fuel remaining function

     Fuel consumption function

     High water temp and low oil pressure alarm

Triple windshield wipers with washers.


Switch controls for horn, running lights, anchor light, engine room blower and optional equipment.

Stazo wood trimmed 16” steering wheel


240V AC Electrical System

AC shore power inlets and  50 ft. cord

Galvanic Failsafe isolator

Illuminated main circuit breaker distribution panel

240V outlets in each cabin and one in engine room.

All galley and head receptacles are GFI protected.

Additional outlets positioned in locations as appropriate

50amp, 3-bank battery charger

Reverse cycle heat/ air conditioning in (2) zones.


12V DC Electrical Distribution System

Two dedicated engine starting batteries.

Two 4D 210 Amp hour deep cycle ship’s service batteries.

Battery Management panel including

     Emergency crossover switch.

     Remote Control Ships Power switch

     Remote Control Starting Battery switch

Illuminated main circuit breaker distribution panel w/battery voltage gauge


     LED lights in the overhead & reading lights

     LED tri-color light at helm valance 

     LED strip lighting in appropriate locations

     LED Engine room lighting

     Cockpit courtesy lights w/remote switch at transom

UL Listed Tinned wire throughout.

USB 12 VDC charging station at helm and in cabins


Hull Composite

“Vee”hull design with 24 degree deadrise amidships and 17 degrees at transom.

VIP Resin Infused laminate with ISO NPG white gelcoat and  blended vinylester back-up resin.

Knitted Biaxial Structural E-Glass Reinforcements

SAN Corecell foam core in hull bottom and topsides.

Foam/plywood cored fiberglass stringer system.

Swim platform with molded anti skid surface and under mounted telescoping ladder.

Hull side rubbing strakes.

Painted (Urethane) Double Boot Stripe

Gold Cove Stripe


Deck and Hardtop Composite

VIP resin infused, knitted Biaxial Structural E-Glass Reinforcements with balsa coring.

Molded in anti-skid deck surfaces.

Windows recessed into hard top

Port and starboard transom gates

Aft seating slides to expand cockpit dimension w/12v actuator

Stainless steel anchor-bowsprit roller system

Anchor lockers (2) with slam latches

Large Aft hinged lazzarette locker hatch with gas struts and (2) 3”dia. compression latches for engine room access


Deck Hardware

1 1/4″ Diameter type 316 stainless steel perimeter rail system

(6) 12” Stainless Steel Cleats (2 fwd, 4 mid ship spring

10” Stainless Steel Cleat to starboard of windlass as anchor rode tie off.

Windlass with combination rope/chain gypsy

Single anchor roller sized for 35# CQR or Delta

Flagpole holder and teak flag staff.

Burgee staff for pulpit

Low Profile polished hatches w/blinds and screens: (2) #44 on foredeck, (2) #10 port and starboard.

Custom stainless steel opening ports.

Teak cabin side eye-brow

Custom cast stainless steel “SABRE” medallion

Horn cleats in aft transom corners.

Raw water washdown forward.


Helm Deck

Stidd 500 N Series helm seat

Electronics pod at the helm station

Wood in helm area is cherry

Two overhead pilot hatches with shades/screens

Bi-fold stainless steel companionway door with electrically activated drop down window to port


Master/Forward Stateroom

Spacious Island Berth layout with 6″ mattress. ¾” laminated trim around berth top.

Cherry hull ceilings.

Drawers under bed. A/C return grills under drawers

Drawers in bureau w/locker, shelf above w/single louvered door.

Upper enclosed storage lockers with shelves. Locker face with 2 doors. Each door to access partitioned space with open shelves in the forward compartments.

Large hanging locker to starboard, cedar lined with shelf and hanger pole. Open shelf above louvered door.

Teak and holly sole with 2 coats of sealer.

Soft headliner panels.

Passageway door between galley and forward cabin.

pider between galley and stateroom with surface mounted 26” LED Television on electric lift.



Vessel sink with faucet.

Tempered Glass Shower stall with seat.

Hot and cold pressure water.

Electric shower sump pump.

Storage locker.

Solid Surface Material countertop with bull nose

Towel bars.

Wood trimmed mirror over sink

Ventilation blower.



Elevated “U” settee to port with Hi-gloss table with storage under.

Mates L-shaped settee forward, open to galley with stainless steel hand rail.

Cabinet to starboard with storage and 32” LED TV on electric lift.

Teak and holly sole w/ sealer.

Sound deadening headliner panels.

Option to convert settee and table into an additional berth.



Solid Surface galley counter.

Stainless steel sink with faucet.

Drawers and storage lockers below counter.

Storage cabinets outboard and above counter

Lockers above stove.

Two burner electric cook top

Stainless steel convection microwave oven.

Stainless steel drawer style refrigerator/freezer 12DC/120VAC


Lower Lounge

L-shaped settee with pull out converts to double berth.

Bookshelf outboard of Settee.

Extra large drawer handy to Galley for large items.

Optional large 36” x 10” Hull Side fixed portlight.

Optional Television/DVD combo for lower lounge.


Fresh Water System

Water capacity 100 gals.

11 gal. Stainless steel hot water heater 110V and engine heat exchanger

Hot and cold water pressure system 12V.

Shore water inlet with filter.

Transom shower hot and cold.



Varnished cherry interior finish

Screens on opening ports and hatches

Optional fabric and drapery selections

Laminated wood trims on shelves

Dovetailed maple drawer boxes


Waste Disposal

Polyethylene holding tank with 40 gallon capacity

Jabsco Quiet Flush fresh water MSD

Diaphragm waste pump on holding tank.



Fire extinguishers, (4) at 2 1/2 lbs.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors.

Marelon sea valves on all below waterline fittings.

Bonding system to safeguard against galvanic corrosion.

Automatic fire extinguishing discharge system with override.

Automatic 12V electric bilge pumps (3).

High Water Alarms (3) for bilge.

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