Sabre 456

SABRE 456 • With a new interior, keel and rig, the Sabre 456 offers her owners Maine-built quality with a new level of luxury and comfort.The Sabre 456 that will be launched this summer and debut at the fall sailboat shows started life in 1998 as the 452. BWS had the opportunity to sail hull number one on an offshore sea trial and came away thoroughly impressed.In our February 1999 review, we concluded, “If it isn’t already obvious, we liked the Sabre 452 and enjoyed our 400-mile passage aboard. The boat has many attributes of custom cruising boats (large tanks, accessible engine, good sea berths) and is very much cut from the modern design cloth that calls for a lot of sail area over a moderate fin-keel hull configuration.”But, due to a slowdown in the sailing market and an upturn in Sabre’s powerboat lines several years ago, the 452 was phased out of the company’s production run. That left Sabre with their 426, 386 and the new smaller Spirit in the sailboat line.Bentley Collins, Sabre’s VP of marketing and sales, commented, “Over the last two years, countless people have asked me at boat shows for a larger Sabre. Finally, after the Annapolis sailboat show last year, when we felt the worst of the economic downturn had passed, I came back home to Maine and presented the plan to restart production of the 45…to be renamed the 456.”LIVING ABOARDThe hull and deck were always great designs that still have a classic modern look after 12 years. The boat is well proportioned, well balanced and very seakindly. The hull has enough volume to contain all the space a cruising couple (and their friends) will need for living aboard and venturing far and wide. And the tall, simple rig has the power to drive the 456 well in light breezes so you end up powering less to give the boat a very high average speed in normal sailing conditions.The new version incorporates several modifications and upgrades to the living accommodation below that will appeal to many potential owners. The most significant change is the master stateroom forward. Instead of a V-berth and small head, the cabin has been expanded aft and given a large centerline double berth that allows both occupants to get in and out of bed without climbing over each other.The head has been enlarged and provided with a stand-alone shower stall. The forward cabin is now a true floating bedroom. The new after cabin is not far behind. Although you have to climb into the bunk from the end, it is large enough to allow you egress without having to perform gymnastics. The aft head has a door into the aft cabin for privacy. This head will also make a good wet locker for hanging foul weather gear.The galley has been redesigned to provide room for an innovative stainless steel, drawer-style fridge instead of the traditional countertop ice box. Aft, a door has been built that leads into the port cockpit locker storage area. This is a great idea, since it gives you convenient access to a freezer, all of your spare parts, dry stores for groceries, and even auxiliary systems, such as a genset or watermaker.The chart table has been downsized to reflect the fact that modern navigators are most often pushing buttons instead of plotting courses on paper charts. (We still carry the paper charts.) The dinette and bench settee opposite to starboard are well laid out for lounging or feeding up to six crew, and will double as excellent sea berths.The dinette can be converted into a large double berth when extra crew are aboard. Plenty of storage has been fitted in behind the bench seat backs, beneath the benches and in the large outboard lockers under the side decks.BWS THOUGHTSThe new Sabre 456 takes all of the best qualities of the original 452 and improves on them. The boat will sail with the best of the fleet and will acquit herself ably in offshore events like the Newport-Bermuda Race or Transpac. BWS has already sailed 400 miles offshore on the 452 and can vouch for the design’s integrity and performance capabilities.The new 456 promises to be a winning new addition to the Sabre line and will reflect all that the company has learned in the intervening decade.BWS will give the 456 a good sea trial when hull number one is launched this summer.Sabre 456LOA 45’6″LWL 38’4″Beam 14’1″Draft 5’6″Displ .27,150 lbs.Ballast 10,850 lbs.Sail Area 1,043 sq. ft.Water 200 gals.Fuel 100 gals.Engine 75hp. dieselMast height 64’0″Designer Jim TaylorSabre YachtsSouth Casco, MEPh: 207-655-5050Skype: 207-655-3831 Website:

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