It’s not always easy to find a boat with great sailing qualities, real comfort, and timeless style all wrapped up in a high-quality package. Yet that is exactly what Sabre 426 Amagansett is.
For decades Sabre built high quality sailboats. They weren’t flashy, and there were no pretenses at dominating racing fleets. But as you stepped aboard, the quality was evident. Everything from the woodwork to the standing rigging was top-notch. Sabres have become coveted on the used market as the finest examples of American boatbuilding at its best.
The Sabre 426 was designed by Jim Taylor, whose racing designs in this size range have had tremendous success. While not a true racer, Amagansett is quick to accelerate in the lighter breezes so frequent in North America. She tracks well and curves easily through maneuvers with her wing keel.
During her time here in the Pacific Northwest, Amagansett was treated to a new set of North Sails, including an NPL Tour Xi Cruise 130% genoa and a mainsail on a Tides Marine track. With the convenience of an electric winch, hoisting the main is a breeze. The sails are powerful and in immaculate condition. Amagansett is also setup with an asymmetrical spinnaker with a sock. The triple spreader Hall Spars rig is supported by rod rigging.
Below decks Amagansett reflects Sabre’s classic approach. A beautiful cherry interior conveys elegance and comfort, balancing storage with an open layout. Nothing feels cramped on board. There is no fixed dinette, so when the inlaid wood table is folded up against the bulkhead, the salon is exceptionally spacious. With the table down and extended, there’s plenty of space for everyone to eat (or play a board game!) in comfort.
This layout lends itself nicely to a two-couple crew. Both the forward V-berth and aft double are spacious with plenty of storage for clothes and personal gear. There is a single head, creating ample space for a full sized navigation station, a roomy galley and a separate shower stall. As with other Sabres, it’s a simple and practical interior for both at sea and at the dock.
Amagansett was on the East Coast in the early years, spending winters in a heated indoor facility. Since coming to the West Coast in 2016, in addition to the new sails, Amagansett has had a bow thruster installed, new canvas and new instruments. There is Espar hydronic heat for comfort in the northern latitudes and a 3-bladed MaxProp for efficiency under both sail and power.
Amagansett has been lightly used throughout its life as evidenced by an engine hour count of 675. She is in excellent condition and would be a highlight on any dock or in any anchorage.