I hate to have back to back negative posts but my readers know I love 1980s Sabres and I have a particular affinity for Sabre 42 since I owned and loved one for several years. These are beautiful, well made boats that will easily live 50, 60, 70 years with a minimum level of care. In my estimation they are halfway between products and works of art.
At present there are two terribly sad Sabre 42s in our home boat yard (Bert Jabins). The first appeared in town a couple of years ago and has an absentee owner. She sprung a leak while tied up at aher slip and began to sink. Happily, the boat yard staff noticed and contact the owner. Instead of driving down to check on her, he called a vendor, had the leak plugged and had the flooding waters pumped out, but took no further action to dry the boat out. That fall he called the yard and asked that they haul her out. The boat yard has “seen this movie before” and confidently predicts that he will eventually abandon the boat, which will most likely have to be disposed of like my beloved J/29 was.
The second is a very, very clean and well maintained boat that was in perfect shape before she was run full speed into a navigational mark – a collision that was so violent that she dismasted. Damage is estimated to be $60,000 at a minimum but with unkown internal structural damaage by my reckoning it is a toss up whether she will be totalled out or not.