Sabre 38 Salon Express

Norris Comer New Boats

38’ Sabre Salon ExpressA brand-new 38’ Sabre Salon Express arrived at local dealer Bellingham Yachts’ docks in November. This Maine-built beauty may come from the other coast, but she’s built for this latitude with family-oriented performance written all over her. The 38’ is the smallest of the Sabre Salon Express line, the other models being 42’, 45’, and 48’.

Upon approach, the Express has a very classic look about her. A swim step off the stern is accessible via two access gates built into the transom. The prominent semi-covered cockpit’s feature is bench-style seating around a table. The boat has two generous walkways, both port and starboard, that lead to the large, open foredeck. The walk is protected by high rails, a good safety feature.

Sabre 38 specsInside, maximum light is allowed in via the giant windows that encompass the cabin. Upon entry from the cockpit, a large dining table with seating sits to port and countertop with stowage to starboard. Forward is the helm with a captain’s chair and a set of stairs that lead below to the galley, bench-style seating/berth, and a large head (with walk-in shower). A fun feature is the small wooden door above the stovetop that can be opened to the master suite forward, making breakfast in bed par the course. The forward berth is decadent with island-style, queen-sized bed.

The standard Volvo propulsion package includes twin Penta D4 300-horsepower engines linked to IPS drives. According to the Sabre data, this allows for a top speed of around 32 knots, with a recommended fuel-efficient cruising speed of around 28 knots.

If you’re in the market for a classic midsized yacht with spacious modern accommodations, the Sabre 38 Salon Express could be what you’re looking for. The brand-new 2019 build at local dealer Bellingham Yachts is available for a base price of $671,000, loaded with dealer and factory options, the price runs $746,087.

Norris Comer

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Norris Comer is the managing editor of Northwest Yachting. He was raised in Portland, Oregon and got his BS in Marine Science at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL where he lived aboard a 1973 Catalina 27 before moving to Washington. He has worked as a commercial fisherman, wandered aimlessly around the world, studied oil spills, and was a contestant on the Norwegian reality TV show, Alt for Norge. He loves living in a state where he can explore the ocean and mountains in the same day.

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