Sabre 28 Variants
The Sabre 28 has been built in three
distinct versions. The original version, in production from 1970 to 1975, was built through hull number 199,
plus 201, 202, 204, 205, 206, and 211. A fire hit the factory in 1975.
The Sabre 28-2, in production from 1976 to
1982, was built between hull
numbers 212 and 539, plus 203, 207, 208, 209, and 210. The original mold was
cut and a section spliced in the forward part. This results in J being six inches larger. The forefoot of the hull
was flattened slightly making for a more U shaped entry. The rudder and skeg
were changed as shown in the profiles.. The -2 interior contained more teak.
The cockpit was made T shaped to allow a decent sized wheel. A Volvo diesel engine,
previously an option, and a second battery were made standard in 1978. This makes the -2
heavier than the -1. In 1981 the engine was changed to a Westerbeke 13.
The 28-3, in production from 1983 to 1986, was built from hull number 540
to 588 and differs from the -2 in that the rig is two feet higher and the keel
four inches deeper. The keel is of a newer shape and is 200 pounds heavier
than the previous keel.
Hull numbers 200, 213, 217, 238, 243, 250,
266, and 341 were -2 hulls with a ketch rig. Hull numbers 178, 236, and 388
were built with special (tall) rigs and deep keels. A few boats from all
series were built with a shoal draft of 3.83 feet.