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The foundation of sailing is about understanding the wind. Learn Points Of Sail explore the relationship between wind, sail and boat

Monohull Sailboat

Monohull boats rely on ballast in the keel for stability, and are commonly known as displacement hulls.

Depending on the design, ballast will be 20 to 50 percent of the displacement, incorporated into the keel as large masses of lead or cast iron. The weight, depth and length of the keel determine the stability and performance of the sailboat.

Displacement:  Boats with displacement hulls have much greater stability and take less fuel to operate, but their speed is limited to the length of the hull (1.34 times the square root of the length of the hull, in feet, at the water line.

The most common type of small to midsize sailboat is the sloop. The rig is one mast and two sails. The mainsail is a tall, triangular sail mounted to the mast at its leading edge, with the foot of the sail along the boom, which extends aft from the mast. The sail in front, called the jib or sometimes the head sail, mounts on the forestay between the bow and the masthead, with its trailing corner controlled by the jibsheet.

SABRE SAILING YACHT DESIGN CONCEPT

Sabre sailing yachts are medium displacement, performance cruising yachts, blending the comfort of cruising, the capacity for bluewater passagemaking, and the capability of race winning performance.

Sabre's first design, the Sabre 28, was developed from an extensive tank testing program at Stevens Institute. Today, Computer Aided Design techniques and performance prediction programs have allowed Sabre to take the latest Jim Taylor's hull lines directly from the drawing board to the tooling shop. Sabre's design developments have been evolutionary as opposed to revolutionary, and have always remained true to the design philosophy of performance and traditional styling balanced with safety and comfort. Jim Taylor's work is primarily in hull design, underwater appendage and basic rig plans, and is complemented by the Sabre Design Team in developing the full details of the deck and interior accommodation layout.

Sabre sailing yachts are designed for a high load carrying capacity, and stability is achieved both by hull form and by high ballast-to-displacement ratios. Efficient keel shapes allow optimum lift and provide excellent performance as well as close upwind pointing angles.

Sail plans are developed to offer the best possible balance of light air performance and heavy weather stability. Sail areas are selected to allow a full mainsail and 150% genoa to be comfortably carried up to 14 knots of wind. This "rule of thumb" will vary depending on the sail cut and rig tension of individual boats.

Sabre's designs are not wet race boats nor are they heavy displacement "tanks". They are comfortable, fast and highly refined yachts which evoke a pride of ownership and are a true pleasure to sail.

The Sabre Yachts Story

Sabre Yachts has been crafting sail and motor yachts for 35 years and has built over 2,500 hulls to date. Sabre's manufacturing facilities are located in Raymond, Maine, approximately 25 miles north of Portland, and a little over two hours from Boston.

The Sabre story began in 1970, when the company's founder, Roger Hewson, set out to build the finest possible 28-foot sailing yacht using production line methods and fiberglass technology. In a small, 4,000 square foot building, with a handful of employees and a vast amount of market research which he had done on the marine industry, he designed and built the first Sabre 28, and introduced it to the market at the 1971 Newport Boat Show in Newport, RI. The boat was a success, and over the next fifteen years, 588 Sabre 28's were built.

Sabre Sailing Yachts and Their Years of Production

Sabre 28 I Hull #1 - 199 Built 1970-75

Sabre 28 II Hull #212-#539 Built 1976-82

Sabre 28 III Hull #540 - #588 Built 1983-86

The Sabre 28 is still the company's best-known boat - Inducted into the American Sailboat Hall of Fame in 2003.

The deck of the Sabre 28 is balsa cored with plywood inserts at stress areas (like the winches).  The hull to deck joint is a fairly standard internal hull flange and through bolted with stainless steel bolts.  All deck hardware is through bolted and backed with aluminum plates to help distribute the load.  All exposed interior fiberglass surfaces (like inside the bilge) are gelcoated or painted.  This is a plus for when you make repairs as fiberglass can really cut up your fingers.

While a tiller was standard on the Sabre about 90% of them were delivered with pedestal wheel steering.  The wheel steering proved to be so popular that the cockpit was redesigned to accommodate it.   The mast is deck stepped.  Mast compression is transferred to the hull structure by a teak compression column in the main bulkhead.  Shroud chainplates are through bolted to the main bulkhead.   The ballast keel is an external lead casting.  Keelbolts are accessible in the bilge for periodic tightening. 

Below deck the living area is nicely arranged.  A v-berth is forward with stowage for clothing.  The head is between the v-berth and the salon with doors that close on each side.  The salon fold down table seats four.  While the Sabre 28 can sleep six, I think that’s just too many people on a boat this size.

The galley is located to starboard and there is a quarter berth to port.  Good stowage in the galley, however the sink is a bit too close to the entry and care should be taken when going below.

Year: 1981
Model: Sabre 28 MK II
Hull: Fiberglass with a lead fin keel
Engine/Fuel Type: Single Diesel

Builder/Designer
Builder: Sabre Yachts
Designer: Roger Hewson

Dimensions
LOA: 28'5" LWL: 22'10" Beam: 9'2" Draft: 4'8"
Displacement: 7800 lbs Ballast: 3100 lbs
Cockpit length: 7'2" Interior Headroom: 6'0"
Mast Height above water: 43'0"

Engine:

The original Sabre 28 was built with the Universal Atomic 4 gasoline engine and, in 1975, a 10 hp Volvo diesel was offered as an option to the Atomic 4. From 1978 through 1980 the standard engine was the 13 hp MD7A Volvo marine diesel. This was replaced with the 13 hp Westerbeke diesel in 1981. The propeller and shaft were set at an angle off the centerline to either the port or starboard side of the vessel depending weather a right hand or left hand rotation engine was used. If one ever intends to re-power it is important to keep in mind that the rotation of the engine must be the same as the original or you will encounter considerable handling difficulties under power.


Tankage
Fuel: 22 Water: 30 Waste: 24

Galley
Kenyon 2 Burner CNG stove
Icebox with pumpout drain
Single SS sink with electric water pump
Storage and drawers

Sails and Rigging
Rig: Sloop with Harken roller furling
Rigging: 2 Lewmar 40 self-tailing winches and 2 deck mounted winches
Sails: Spinnaker with bag, 150% and 130% genoa, main sail (Hallet Sails)
Theoretical Hull Speed: 6.4 knots

Electrical
12 volt DC system with two 12 volt DC batteries and a belt driven +/- 35 amp alternator
 
Introduced at the 1971 Newport Boat Show in an unfinished state, the 28 got people’s attention. Teak toerails on deck and a rich, wood-finished interior added luster to a boat that had a surprising minimum standing headroom of 5’11” and could feed and sleep a full family crew. The good-sized masthead rig was deck-stepped, which further enhanced the interior, and in combination with moderate displacement, gave the 28 a 20.6 sail area/displacement ratio. That was robust for its era, given the boat fit under IOR Half Ton rating and was often raced. Today, the 28 still competes on PHRF race courses across the country with a rating usually below 200.

The 28 was built with polyester resin and hand laid glass on a laminate hull. The decks were light, made with balsa coring except in high-load areas where plywood was substituted. Sabre’s quality workmanship was evident immediately to buyers,"The boat has proven to be a good investment due to its ability to attract buyers willing to pay a little more than average for a better-than-average quality product."


Hull Type:

 Fin Keel

Rig Type:

 Masthead Sloop

LOA:

 28.42

LWL:

 22.83

Beam:

 9.17

Draft (max.)

 4.30

Draft (min.)

 

Listed SA:

 395

Displacement:

 7900

Ballast:

 

Designer:

 Roger Hewson/Sabre

Builder:

 Sabre Yachts (USA)

Hull:

 FG

Bal. type:

 

First Built:

 1976

Last Built:

 1986

Number Built:

 588

RIG DIMENSIONS

I:

 36.20

J:

 12.30

P:

 30.50

E:

 11.30

PY:

 

EY:

 

SPL:

 

ISP:

 

SA(Fore.):

 222.63

SA(Main):

 172.33

Total(calc.)SA:

 394.96

SA/Disp:

 15.98

Est. Forestay Len.:

 38.23

RIG DIMENSION DIAGRAM

BUILDERS (past & present)

More about & boats built by: 

 Sabre Yachts (USA)

DESIGNER

More about & boats designed by: 

 Roger Hewson


NOTES

The Sabre 28 is still the company's best-known boat - Inducted into the American Sailboat Hall of Fame in 2003.


Principal Dimensions & Specifications
Measurements should be considered approximate and the manufacturer’s specifications may be relied upon. Bow & stern appendages are generally excluded.

Length Overall

28’ 5"

Waterline Length

22’ 10"

Maximum Beam

9’ 2"

Maximum Draft

4’ 4"

Displacement/Weight

7,900 lbs

Fuel Capacity

20 Gallons

Water Capacity

30 Gallons

Sail Area 100% Fore triangle

393 Sq ft.


 

SABRE 28

SABRE 28 II

SABRE 28 III 

Sabre Yachts of South Casco, Maine, introduced the Sabre 28 in 1972 and was the only model built by Sabre built until 1977. The 28 continued production until 1986. Over the 14 years of production, three versions of the boat were offered with only slight variations from the original design. In 1975 the deck was changed to incorporate a well in the foredeck for anchor and rode storage and the cockpit was changed to accommodate the popular wheel steering without interfering with the opening of seating arrangements. In 1984 the keel was redesigned and the height of the rig was increased slightly.

 American Sailboat Hall of Fame

The American Sailboat Hall of Fame was established in 1994 by Sailing America. The basic criteria for Hall of Fame consideration requires that candidates be production sailboats, built in the United States, introduced at least 15 years ago. The defining characteristic that each boat shares is that each has made a difference - a lasting impact on sailing. Sabre 28  

The phrfne.org ratings for these boats:
Sabre 28 198
C&C 29 I 174
Cat 30 180

What I Hear - I Forget

What I See - I Understand

What I Do - I Remember

Wind wheel   YOU TUBE     Wind wheel   YOU TUBE

Sailing Wind Wheel's Description
The Sailing Wind Wheel is constructed with a boat on a clear disc that allows the boat to rotate 360° (see the Sailing Wind Wheel in “Action”)

The sails rotate independently to create an understanding as to how the sails need to be adjusted and move on various Points-of-Sail. It makes visualizing maneuvers like Tacking & Jibing, Heading up and Heading down very clear.

The wind fellows show the wind direction and red arrow shows through the boat, simulating the windvane at the top the mast. It is a constant reminder of where the wind is coming from in relationship to the boat.

The two red tabs from the windex are shown on the boat so students know how to keep out of the No Sail Zone. The No Sail Zone is clearly indicated on front and back.

Waves show the relationship of the boats angle for each point of sail.

The Points-of-Sail are show in degree of angle as well as relationship to a clock.

Port and Starboard Tacks are made clear with the red and green on the sides of the boat.

On the back the Points-of-Sail are broken down like slices of pie to give a simplified way to understand the relationship of the boat to the wind.

Apparent Wind   YOU TUBE Sailing into the wind causes the apparent wind to be greater than the true

When left unattended, wheel controlled boom-footed sail will assume the position of the lowest resistance to the wind. ...

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