The brand new Sabre 48 Salon Express has hit the water, with its smooth style and super-sharp performance destined to carve a new niche in Australia’s luxury cruising market.
Combining Sabre’s traditional downeast style with advanced construction techniques, this latest Sabre is the fifth model to make use of pod-drive propulsion systems. Taking full advantage of this technology, the Sabre 48 benefits from incredible internal space, unequalled manoeuvrability and is one of the quietest high-performance, bluewater motor yachts on the market.
Standard propulsion comprises twin Cummins QSC8.3 550hp engines and twin CMD Zeus 3800 pod drives. Cruising comfortably at 27kt and reaching speeds in excess of 34kt at wide open throttle, turns at speed are as exciting as they are in a fine sports car. The Zeus pod drives also enable easy close-quarters manoeuvrability with touch-light joystick control. Together with the Skyhook positioning system, the Zeus pod drives give skippers the confidence to take the vessel into and out of the tightest berths.
The proven, high-performance hull design – comprising a deep vee, long sweeping spray-chines and a wide beam – means the Sabre 48 has performance credentials well ahead of its competitors and the ability to go places modern sports cruisers would not dare. State-of-the-art infusion hull construction has created a strong and light hull with serious offshore capability that delivers excellent fuel economy.
The primary social space onboard the Sabre 48 is above decks. A spacious deckhouse incorporates the helm area along with the main saloon, which is bright and airy with huge upright windows offering all-round visibility. The saloon offers a comfortable L-settee configured around a large, solid wood table, while to port another settee slides inward so more guests can gather around the folding table.
This innovative sliding mechanism also provides access to the utility room below the main saloon sole. Optional crew quarters are available in this space, with a double berth, simple head and ample storage. Other optional configurations include fitout as a workshop or laundry for extended onboard stays.
The stylishly-crafted saloon connects with the raised cockpit via a bi-fold glass door to port and a large electric window to starboard, joining these two popular social spaces to create a unique open-plan indoor/outdoor environment. The cockpit itself incorporates a large, L-shaped lounge and aft-facing settee, centred around another solid wood table, while the extra-deep swim platform can accommodate a dinghy and hydraulic lift.
The vessel’s accommodation includes two staterooms, each with queen-size island berths and private ensuite facilities with separate showers. Storage is available below each berth and in the many drawers and lockers built into the cabin bulkheads. All Sabre interiors are handcrafted using solid cherrywood and elegant upholstery, while teak and holly floors lend to a rich and warm feel.
The fully-equipped electric galley – complete with convection microwave oven, electric cooktop with vent fan and a stand-up stainless steel fridge/freezer – is socially located near the main saloon and has an abundance of natural light and good ventilation via two large opening ports and an overhead hatch. Domestic systems are supported by an 11.5kW Onan generator as standard.
A further evolution of traditional Maine (USA) boatbuilding, fusing modern techniques and performance with a classic look and immaculate finish, the Sabre 48 Salon Express will be right at home cruising Australian waterways, be it exploring quiet harbours or passage-making up the coast.
Back Cove Yachts have just released another winner…the new 34! She was just shown to the public for the first time at the Maine Boats and Harbors Show last weekend….what a fantastic layout and here are some early pictures taken at the show. We love the tremendous social space in the cockpit, large swim platform and island bed.
An exciting time for us is sharing the progress pictures of a new boat being constructed in Maine for her new owner. In particular when the boat is completed, sea trials are finished and she is ready to be shrink wrapped and shipped to Australia.
Here we have Back Cove 30 #039 in Rockland, Maine all ready to go and the first Claret Red hull colour to be shipped to Australia. Stunning and elegant are two descriptions that come to mind. Looking forward to the arrival date and congratulations to her proud new owner!
The impressive Sabre 40 Sedan will make its much-anticipated Australian debut at next month’s Sydney International Boat Show.
To mark the occasion – and in addition to Sabre’s ‘Launch Pad’ campaign, where customers receive an iPad 2 loaded with information pertaining to the boat – those who order a Sabre 40 will receive a full suite of Garmin electronics including two GPSMAP 5215 large-screen chartplotters, a GMR 24HD radar and VHF marine radio. Valued at over $15,000, the electronics package is being thrown in for free!
Sabre Yachts’ USA-based vice president marketing and sales Bentley Collins will also attend the Sydney International Boat Show, where the new Sabre 40 is expected to generate much interest among discerning individuals looking for a unique, functional and head-turning vessel.
Built in the Maine tradition, this offshore-capable, downeast-style motor yacht boasts modern high-performance and a luxurious, handcrafted interior.
Sabre’s classic style is blended with the company’s cutting-edge build methods, such as infusion hull construction and the application of ultra-modern technology like Zeus azipod drives and Skyhook positioning system.
Zeus pod-drive propulsion uses less horsepower than traditional shaft propulsion and is significantly quieter, directing engine exhaust out through the pods under water. Coupled with the Skyhook system, this is the most advanced propulsion and positioning system available for leisure craft and the Sabre 40 was designed to include this technology from the outset. (Skyhook links GPS data to the Zeus drives for automated position holding.)
Internally, the Sabre 40 is handcrafted with warm cherrywood bulkheads, teak floorboards and elegant upholstery. Accommodation comprises a large owners stateroom, double guest cabin and a large washroom with separate shower cubicle. The fully-equipped, electric galley is positioned between the cabins and saloon deck – part of the social area but below the line of vision when underway. Space saved through the use of Zeus drives allows for long-distance cruising additions such as a washing machine, watermaker or additional storage. A 9kW generator is fitted as standard.
The saloon deck is the main social area with seating around a drop-down table, built-in entertainment systems and all-round views through large upright windows. The solid, hand-crafted cherrywood interior is continued through here along with the solid teak flooring and ultra-leather upholstery. This area opens out to a large aft cockpit with seating and room for activities and is well ventilated with opening windows and overhead hatches.
The Sabre 40 has impressive offshore capabilities through a strong hull with a deep vee and flared bow. Capable of speeds in excess of 30kt, the vessel delivers both elegance and power in equal measure whether on a coastal passage or cruising inland waterways.
To check-out the Sabre range, visit emarine.com.au or drop by Emarine Australia’s on-water display at the Sydney International Boat Show to view the new Sabre 40, as well as the Back Cove 37 and Back Cove 30.
I love Maine and spending the 4th of July there with family and friends was just awesome this year. Of course, one of the highlights for me was also work related…spending time at both the Back Cove and Sabre Yacht building factories. There was certainly plenty of activity! Back Cove is getting set to roll out the new Back Cove 34 and hull number one was well underway. They have done a wonderful job updating the very successful 33 and, in particular, modified her interior to facilitate an island berth. I’ll pass along more details as she comes to fruition in the next month. We had a couple boats under construction for Australian delivery and I was able to take pictures and report back directly to their anxious owners with a first hand report, which I found very satisfying.
The big treat for me was seeing the new Sabre 48 Salon Express and observing the incredible success of this all new model. The first hull was launched in April and already 8 have been retail sold and the factory was a hub of activity with 9 under construction to fulfil retail and dealer orders. In what is a challenging market for most boat builders, Sabre continues to innovate and offer custom quality yachts that embody the latest technologies and performance, with timber interior craftsmanship that is simply awe inspiring. Watch for more on this magnificent vessel as she will certainly bring huge accolades to Sabre and the wonderful team that build them.
As part of Sabre Motor Yachts’ innovative ‘Launch Pad’ campaign, customers who place an order for any model in the Sabre range will also receive an iPad 2.
The Launch Pad comes preloaded with a massive range of data pertaining to the boat – from the day it was ordered right through to delivery to the owner. Such information includes everything from Cummins engine or Zeus pod owners manuals to guidebooks for all navigational electronics (as installed) to spare parts and component lists for every onboard item from light globes to batteries.
The actual documents live ‘in the cloud’, so they can be updated as required, with access from the Launch Pad via a preloaded application called GoodReader.
Emarine Australia’s Jed Elderkin said the Launch Pad would also be preloaded with an extensive range of marine-related applications from weather to tides and available marinas.
“Sabre’s Launch Pad essentially does away with the large number of hardcopy manuals that are associated with each onboard system and piece of equipment,” Mr Elderkin said.
“Sabre’s after sales service department will also be on hand with an email communication tool that will allow owners to send a service request to either or both Sabre and Emarine Australia to report a problem.
“We can then respond with a solution to the issue and get it sorted quickly, at the same time creating a digital service log that’s accessible via the Launch Pad so it can be referred to if required again.”
Sabre owners will also be able to upload documents to their boat files when each service is completed to keep track of service intervals and service requirements.
“The future of this technology is unlimited, as additional services will be added as they develop throughout the ownership of the vessel,” Mr Elderkin said.
“For example, today there are applications available for the operation of specific audio equipment and TVs, and this will continue to expand.”
To check-out the Sabre range, visit emarine.com.au or drop by Emarine Australia’s exhibit at the upcoming Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and Sydney International Boat Show.
One of the most successful new model releases on the scene in the past two years has been the new Sabre 40 Sedan, which was designed and executed to utilize Zues Pod Drives. E Marine Australia will be unveiling this model, Hull #046, in Australia at the 2011 Sydney International Boat Show July 28th through August 1st in Darling Harbour.
It goes without saying we are excited about her build and arrival and will endeavour to keep this updated and document a bit of the process. She will be finished in Flag Blue and include such desirable features as a large opening sunroof, cockpit icemaker and BBQ as well as teak laid cockpit and swim platform.
To celebrate her Australian Debut, we will have Bentley Collins, VP of Sales and Marketing, making a trip from Maine back here to his homeland ( yes, he is an Australian) and watch this page for details as we plan a bit of a celebration to show her off.
The Back Cove 34 is styled in the ‘Maine lobster boat tradition’ with an elegant spoon bow, broad transom and classic lines. The flared bow and performance hull make for a stable, ocean-capable vessel while the high-tech construction methods of infusion hull and deck mean the boat will be strong, lightweight, quiet and very economical.
Emarine Australia’s Jed Elderkin said he was looking forward to the launch of the new model.
“Whenever Back Cove creates a new model it is always the perfect next step,” Mr Elderkin said.
“Back Cove has a very loyal customer base all over the world and the company takes care to communicate with owners, always applying a large amount of constructive feedback to the next generation of boats.
“This means the boats evolve with genuine improvements in detail – often in little things like head height, how easy it is to get into and out of bed, elbow-room in the shower and so on… and you know you’ll still get the same incredible performance and master-craftsman’s quality for which Back Cove is renown.”
Below deck the new Back Cove 34 has a large island-berth and a convertible L-settee, along with a large head with separate shower stall. Beautifully-finished timber throughout creates a warm and homely feel to offer a comfortable home-away-from-home for leisurely weekends away.
The full galley, including two drawer refrigerators located under the helm seats, is situated on the helm deck and stretches out aft of the helm position. A dining area with inlaid, solid wood table is opposite the galley where four adults can sit to enjoy a meal or card game.
The helm deck is airy and bright and features Back Cove’s iconic upright windows that provide impressive all-round visibility. Overhead hatches, opening side windows and a centre-opening windshield create excellent ventilation. The whole helm deck area lifts hydraulically for easy engine access.
The aft cockpit has a large, comfortable lounge area with an L-shaped bench seat and foldaway seat, perfect whether underway or at anchor. This area is ideal for a barbeque and has a walk-through to the aft boarding/swimming platform.
The Back Cove 34 is due for launch in July 2011 with the first model likely to arrive in Australia during spring. Emarine Australia will be debuting the new Back Cove 30 at the forthcoming Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show alongside the flagship Back Cove 37.
The new Back Cove 30 motor yacht is set to make its Australasian boat show debut at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, 19-22 May 2011.
Emarine Australia, exclusive Australian importer of Back Cove Yachts, will have both the Back Cove 30 and Back Cove 37 on show and the company is looking forward to a positive event.
Emarine principal Jed Elderkin said he had seen an encouraging start to the year so far.
“We’ve sold four Back Cove boats in the first two months this year, so there are definitely serious buyers out there,” Mr Elderkin said.
“Sanctuary Cove is a fantastic show and we really hope 2011 will be a big one for us.
“I’m always excited to debut a new model at a boat show… the first Back Cove 30 arrived in Australia at the end of last year and we have already sold five of them – it’s a wonderful boat for this region.”
The new 30 epitomises Back Cove’s modern evolution of a time-honoured style. Presenting a traditional spoon bow, deep vee and stylish, gently sloping transom, the Back Cove 30 offers the elegance of a traditional Maine lobster boat. The hull has been constructed using state-of-the-art infusion technology for reduced weight and increased strength making this model even more fuel-efficient than its predecessor, the Back Cove 29.
Internally, the new boat features a comfortable V-berth that converts to seating around a saloon table. The Back Cove 30 also features a fully-equipped galley along with separate head and shower. Cockpit space is well laid-out and the helm position offers clear, all-round lines of sight; large signature windows create a bright and airy space in the cockpit deck.
The Back Cove 30 can reach cruising speeds of around 20kt with the standard 315hp diesel engine (upgrade available). With downward turning chines forward, the boat will plane with little effort meaning an efficient transition with little bow rise. Standard specification includes a bow thruster lending to the efficiency of the Back Cove 30 and making manoeuvring simple.
Contact Emarine Australia to confirm your visit to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.
Here we are exceedingly pleased to share are some pictures that are becoming increasingly more common around the coastal regions of Australia…a Back Cove Raft Up….this one on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
In particular, we wish to recognise the exceptional efforts of our Queensland Dealer, Peter Byrne, who has just completed the commissioning works on Back Cove 37 Hull #024, which has just been handed over to her very proud new owners. They report she is every bit as lovely as they had anticipated, and having moved up from a mass-produced “plastic sports-cruiser”, they are well positioned to appreciate the difference. Welcome aboard!