Sabre’s 40 Sedan melds the best of the new with tried and true. Classic down east lines ride a modern planing hull. Sophisticated coring and vacuum-infusion techniques provide great strength with minimal weight. Twin 380 hp Cummins MerCruiser Zeus pods deliver efficient cruising speeds from 15 to 30 mph, with sportscar-like acceleration and maneuverability to make an old salt grin like a kid. Not bad for a classy-looking 40- foot cruising “lobster yacht” that shows off plenty of teak.
Meanwhile, excellent seakeeping ability and joystick dockside handling will please not only the old salt but also his discerning first mate. The isolation of the Zeus drives behind the aft cabin bulkhead, the already-quiet Cummins QSB 5.9 common-rail diesels, the tight-fitting vacuum-infused hatches and Sabre’s liberal application of Mylar-faced Soundown insulation make the 40 Sedan quiet enough for easy conversation even at cruising speeds.
The salon and cabin offer enough living space for a couple to take extended cruises, with 360 miles of range at 25 mph. better yet, the boat holds 140 gallons of water and 60 gallons of waste. There’s ample engineroom space for an optional compact washer/dryer ($3,445), driven by a quiet 9 kW Onan genset.
Sabre places the 40 Sedan’s galley between the salon/pilothouse and the cabin, open to both salon and helm, thus including galley crew in any conversation. The salon’s port settee, with its lovely inlaid table, is the natural place for lunch. A good choice for a chilly evening meal is the optional dinette to starboard opposite the galley. It also makes up into a double bunk for guests, children or grandchildren, and it converts easily to a daytime office. Breakfast? In decent weather, I’d lay out the fixings on the cantilevered cockpit table that hides under the transom seat when not in use.
Comparable model: MJM 40z