One mark of a good design is how well a boat survives the years. Once the glimmer of new gelcoat fades, most boats join the slush pile of unremarkable fiberglass production boats. You know them, or maybe you don't, the ABC 30, which looks just like the XYZ 32 in the next slip over, one white plastic boat after another. And while most of these old boats are still good boats, capable of delivering the subtle rewards that only a sailboat can, there is little to distinguish them. The Sabre 38, designed by Roger Hewson and the Sabre Design Team is not one of these easily forgettable boats
The Sabre 38 is the kind of boat that makes you sigh contentedly when you spy it swinging on a mooring. It just looks right at home in the water. It's a sailboat with no ulterior motive. When a slight breeze stirs and it swings beam-on you'll observe that there is just enough sheer to take the modern-look edge off, and the freeboard is proportional to the length overall. As it swings back around you will note the fine entry of the bow and if it comes completely around again, you'll see the stern with its reverse transom that flows perfectly into the deck line. The cabin trunk is low slung but not excessively angled blending well into the over appearance of the boat while hinting at a generous and comfortable below deck spaces for family and friends to join together after a satisfying day on the water.
OTTER is an excellent example of how a boat like the Sabre 38 ages well. Only three owners since first built (more like two as the most recent change of ownership was between siblings), regular professional care and timely upgrades have done much to keep the years at bay and make her an excellent opportunity for the next generation (or two) of sailors with an eye for what’s right and good in a timeless boat.
The boats in storage here at Brooklin Boat Yard are tightly packed together which does not allow for getting good recent photos. Her owners are searching their files to get some nice shots of the boat on the water and we hope to have them soon. Likewise, we hope to soon have some nice photos of the interior to share with interested parties. As soon as these photos become available, we’ll add them to the listing. Pictures are worth a thousand words but nothing beats seeing something in person so if you’d like to get and up-close and personal look at OTTER give us a call or drop us a message.
OTTER received significant electronics, mechanical and rigging upgrades between 2014-2016. In the fall of 2016 OTTER was put into (inside) storage here at Brooklin Boat Yard and the boat has remained in storage and under the care of Brooklin Boat Yard since that time.
Designer: Sabre Design Team / Roger Hewson
Builder: Sabre Yachts
Year Built: 1982
Displacement: 15,200 lbs.
Ballast: 6,400 lbs.
Ballast Type: Lead / External
Sail Area: 691 sq. ft.
Auxiliary Propulsion: Westerbeke diesel, 33hp
Current Engine Hours: 1,911 hours as of February 17, 2020
Fuel Capacity: 45 Gallons
Water Capacity: 95 Gallons
Black Water Capacity: 20 Gallon
Performance oriented fin keel with detached spade rudder underwater configuration External lead ballast keel Balsa cored FRP hull construction
Deck / cabin / cockpit construction is Balsa cored FRP with solid blocking in high stress areas.
Molded non-skid areas and smooth gelcoat deck / cabin / cockpit exterior surfaces
Deck bolted and bonded to hull at sheer overlap.
Topsides are Dark Blue Awlgrip
Red Awlgrip cove stripe and double boot stripe
Current bottom anti-fouling paint is Green
Deck / cabin and cockpit are off-white smooth and non-skid patterned gelcoat
Polished stainless-steel stem iron / headstay tang
Cast aluminum anchor plate with integral bow roller and secondary rode hawse Aluminum dock line chocks (2 ea. at bow)
Aluminum dock line cleats (2ea, at bow and stern)
Self-draining anchor locker at bow
Polished stainless-steel bow pulpit with integral (port and starboard) navigation light Polished stainless-steel lifeline stanchions with double (upper & lower) coated wire lifelines
Gate openings in likeliness port and starboard
Polished stainless steel stern pulpit with integral navigation (stern) light
Large opening hatches above forward cabin and main saloon
Opening hatches above head area and passageway
Opening ports in cabin sides
Dorade vent openings (6ea) on cabin top
Cockpit and lazarette storage lockers
Chrome bronze deck fills / fittings for fuel, water and waste
Varnished teak toe rails and taff rail
Varnished teak Cockpit coaming tops
Varnished teak cabin top handrails
Varnished teak cabin eye brow
Varnished teak companionway drop boards and trim
Varnished teak electronics pod above companionway
Exterior varnished teak as mentioned above was last refinished in the Fall of 2016 at which time OTTER was put in storage (inside storage) where she has been since that date. Varnish work is in very good / ready to go condition
Furthest forward is the owner’s stateroom with sleeping accommodations for two persons in a V-berth configuration with storage drawers and bin storage below the berthing platform.
Next aft is the passageway from owner’s stateroom to main saloon.
To starboard of the passageway are storage drawers and hanging lockers.
To port of the passageway is the head area with vanity, sink basin and toilet and accessed thru the head area is a separate stall shower.
Next aft is the main saloon.
To starboard in the main saloon is a straight settee with storage lockers and book shelves above and out board of the settee.
To port in the main saloon is an L-shaped settee with storage lockers and book shelves above and outboard of the settee.
The L-shaped settee (to port) converts to a spacious double berth if extra berthing space is needed.
Bulkhead mounted table folds down and expands to provide dining space for the whole ship’s crew with seating “at the table” from both port and starboard settees
Next aft is the companionway stairs on centerline with galley to port, navigation station / desk to starboard and a large quarter berth to starboard aft of the navigation station / desk.
Companionway stairs can be removed for engine access. Galley equipment includes double-basin stainless steel sink(s) supplied with hot and cold pressure water and manually supplied (foot pump) cold water, large well-insulated ice box, 3-burner, gimbaled, CNG Princess stove with oven, GE microwave oven, generous storage space provided for dry goods, cutlery and dishware in lockers and drawers and additional counter space (if needed) with use of flip-up galley counter extension.
The below deck spaces of OTTER are brightly lit with well-placed reading lights and dome lights.
Natural light and ventilation provided by 2 large over-head opening hatches (main saloon and owners stateroom, 2 smaller over-head opening hatches (head area and passageway), 4 large fixed ports (main saloon) and numerous opening ports (main saloon, passageway, head area and forward cabin)
Bulkheads, joinery fronts, doors, drawers and locker fronts are of oiled teak with contrasting white interior cabin sides and overhead panels.
Double spreader mast head sloop configuration
Painted (White) aluminum mast, boom & spreaders
Hall Spars carbon fiber spinnaker pole
Stainless steel wire standing rigging with chrome bronze turnbuckle adjusters
Low stretch yacht braid running rigging
Schaeffer roller-furling headstay
Navtec hydraulic backstay adjuster
Schaeffer adjustable main sheet traveler
Hall Spars Quick-Vang
Harken main sail lazy-jack system Inboard and outboard headsail tracks with adjustable cars
Schaeffer tracks, cars, turning blocks, etc.
Primary Winches: 2ea, Lewmar 48, 2-speed, self-tailing, chrome bronze, cockpit coaming Secondary Winches: 2ea, Lewmar 42, 2-speed, chrome bronze, cockpit coaming
Main Halyard Winch: 1ea, Lewmar 24, 2-speed, chrome bronze, cabin top starboard Genoa Halyard Winch: 1ea, Lewmar 30, 2-speed, chrome bronze, port cabin top
Halyard / Sail Control Winches: 2ea, Lewmar 24, 2-speed, chrome bronze, starboard cabin top
Spin Pole Topping Lift Winch: 1ea, Lewmar 16, 2-speed, chrome bronze
Main Sheet Winch: 1ea, Maxwell 22, 2-speed, self-tailing, chrome bronze
Spinnaker Halyard Winch: 1ea Lewmar 24, 2-speed, chrome bronze (on mast)
Rope clutches and aluminum cleats for sheets and halyards
Winch handles (4ea)
Harken snatch blocks (1pr)
All sails have been annually inspected / serviced and currently in good condition.
North Sails 3DL mainsail (2004)
North Sails 3DL 125% roller-furling genoa (1998)
Shore Sails tri-radial spinnaker
Lifeline weather-cloths with name and sail numbers
Canvas turnbuckle covers
Miscellaneous sail ties
OTTER had a significant upgrade of electronics (navigational, communications and sailing instruments) in 2015.
Raymarine E Series GPS (New 2015)
Raymarine E Series Radar (New 2015)
Raymarine E Series Hybrid-Touch Multi-function display at helm (New 2015)
Raymarine E Series I70 displays for speed, wind, depth, etc. with 3 displays in custom varnished teak pod above companionway (New 2015)
Raymarine E Series I70 multi-function display at Nav station (New 2015)
Raymarine Ray 218 VHF at Nav station (New 2015)
Raymic remote VHF mic at helm (New 2015)
Radar dome mounted on Questus self-leveling bracket attached to backstay
Jensen tuner / CD player
Optimus tuner / cassette player
Local (Maine) charts
Navigational / charting tools
Fuji 7 x 35 binoculars
Ritchie helm compass
Aquameter tell-tale compass at Nav station
Over the winter of 2015-2016 engine was removed from boat, engine area was cleaned, painted and new sound insulation installed.
While out of the boat engine was cleaned, gasketing replaced, hoses, hose clamps, belts, etc. were replaced and the engine painted prior to reinstallation with a complete new exhaust system and new (larger) raw water strainer relocated within the engine area to allow for easier inspection and servicing.
Westerbeke 33 HP, fresh water cooled, diesel engine
Westerbeke engine panel with tachometer and engine status gauges
Sabre engine ignition panel
Engine Hours: 1,911 1”
Stainless steel prop shaft
Martec folding 2-blade bronze propeller
Separate throttle and transmission controls at pedestal
Groco raw water strainer
Fuel Capacity: 45 Gallons
Single aluminum tank
Racor primary fuel filter
12 Volt DC and 110 Volt AC power systems
Deep cycle marine batteries (3ea)
Separate battery banks for engine start (1 battery) and ships systems (2 batteries)
Guest main battery selector switch
DC and AC circuit panels for control of all ship’s electrical systems
Separate starting and lighting battery banks
Charging by engine alternator and Heart Freedom 20 Inverter / Battery Charger
Hot and cold pressure water supplied to galley and head area sink basins
Manually (foot pump) supplied cold fresh water at galley and head area sink basins
Hot and cold pressure water supplied to head area shower
Stainless steel sink basins in galley and head area.
Manually operated marine toilet
Sanitation system plumbed for discharge to holding tank and / or direct overboard discharge
Fresh Water Capacity: 95 Gallons in two tanks located under settees port an starboard
Black Water Capacity: 20 Gallons in single tank located under V-berth
Hot water supplied by engine heat transfer and AC power with 6 gallon hot water storage tank located under quarter berth.
Edson steering pedestal
Edson offset pedestal guard
Edson destroyer steering wheel with varnished teak rim
Chain, cable and quadrant steering
Semi-balanced spade rudder
Type I PFD’s (2ea)
Type II PFD’s (6ea)
Type IV PFD (horseshoe buoy)
Firebuoy engine fire suppression system
Handheld fire extinguishers (4ea)
Navigational lighting (bow, stern & steaming)
Masthead anchor light
Whale Gusher manual bilge pump (cockpit)
Rule electric / automatic bilge pump (main cabin bilge)
Thirsty Mate handheld, manual bilge pump
Cast aluminum anchor plate with integral bow roller and secondary rode hawse
Large Danforth style anchor with chain and rode
Large Plow-style anchor with chain
Varnished teak cockpit table
Varnished teak drink holder at helm
Fenders with pile fender covers (3ea)
Ensign with varnished teak flag staff
Boarding ladders (2ea)
Stainless steel like raft cradle
Dishware (set of 8) and cutlery.
Galley knives and utensils
Pots and pans
Brass kerosene lamp
Brass candle lanterns (2ea)
Chrome bronze dorade vent cowls (4ea)
White PVC dorade vent cowls (2ea)
Miscellaneous tools, repair kits and spare parts
Sabre 38 owner’s manual
Individual manuals for ship’s equipment