A few years ago, Capt. Bill Pike and I joined Bentley Collins, vice president of marketing and sales for Sabre Yachts and Back Cove Yachts, on a delivery run with a Sabre 48 Salon Express from Portland, Maine, to the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors show in Rockland. I’ve since told everyone who’ll listen how I never feared the boat couldn’t handle the unseasonably raw conditions we saw on that brisk August day (big, gray swells topped with a bit of confused chop), but rather I was more concerned with how I would hold up. You see, Pike had the wheel gripped tightly in his hands the whole time and he wasn’t letting go, leaving Collins and me to find our perches (preferably with a view) and hang on for the ride. It was a great, confidence-justifying demonstration of that boat’s capabilities and one I’ll never forget.
So yesterday in Boston Harbor when I saw her sistership, hull number 52 of that line, fêted on the dock at Rowes Wharf on the city’s waterfront, I felt a swell of pride (I knew her back when…). Sabre dealer Boston Yacht Sales and the builder gave the event to honor the boat as hull number 3,000, and a crowd of Sabre and Back Cove owners and fans, brokers and service partners, well-wishers, and journalists gathered to toast the boat and the accomplishment.
“Sabre continued to develop new models when other builders didn’t,” said Scott Lucas, a broker with Boston Yacht Sales. “And when people were ready to buy, they had something to offer.” Something indeed—the 48 makes incredible use of the hull space created by use of Cummins Zeus pod propulsion. En suite crew’s quarters are accessed through an aft companionway tucked beneath a port settee in the saloon.
While the hour belonged to the 48 Salon Express, the crowd was the big winner as the wind laid down and the cool spring evening was suffused with a jovial atmosphere. And as the evening drew to a close I thought about what we’d see in the next 3,000 hulls from Sabre, including this one. Stay tuned, the wild ride will continue.