|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. |
The 28 was followed by the Sabre 34 in 1976, the Sabre 30 in 1979, the Sabre 38 in 1981 and the Sabre 32 and 36 in 1984. The Sabre 42, which later evolved into the Sabre 425, was introduced in 1986. The current sailboat range consists of three Jim Taylor/Sabre Design Team collaborations, the Sabre 362, Sabre 402 and Sabre 452. A new Sabre 426 is due for introduction in September of 2003. Each of the current models has won the prestigious Boat of the Year Award from Cruising World Magazine in itís year of introduction. A complete list of Sabre models and their dates of introduction can be found at the end of this document.
In 1989 Sabre sought to broaden its market and created the first Sabreline 36 "Fast Trawler", a tri-cabin motoryacht with the spaciousness and comfort of the trawler design but with substantially better performance than traditional trawler hulls. The 36 aft cabin design was followed with a 34 fly bridge sedan in 1990, and the Sabreline 43 and 47 aft cabin motoryachts in 1994. The 36 foot Express Cruiser was introduced in the fall of 1996 and a 42 Fly Bridge Sedan was introduced in the summer of 2000. The fall of 2001 saw the introduction of a 36 foot Sedan configured on the proven hull of the 36 Express MK II.
Sabre yachts are sold worldwide, through a network of competent, professional dealers who are chosen for their reputation, location, and visibility within a local market and for the quality of their sales and after sales service.
Sabre's two manufacturing facilities are located in Raymond, Maine, approximately 25 miles north of Portland, and a little over two hours from Boston. In the 83,750 square foot facility in Raymond, 150 Associates build all sail and powerboat models.
In 1994, Sabre acquired North End Marine of Rockland, Maine, a major builder of marine molds and production fiberglass parts. The companyís name was changed to North End Composites in 1996 and it has since diversified into industrial, commercial and architectural composite construction while maintaining an active presence in the marine mold making and part production business, for Sabre as well as for other boat builders.
As of 2012, Sabre ended production of sailing yachts though they have said it could be restored should the market improve.