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Sabre 426
$280,000 USD
42ft 6in

Sabre Yachts has built some of the most well-appointed performance cruisers, and the 426 is one of its best. Superb joinery, quality sailing gear and Jim Taylor’s solid design set the Sabre 426 apart from many of today’s production boats. The interior design creates a straightforward, comfortable two-couple cruising layout while the moderate proportions and ample sail area provide good performance even in light winds. Taylor has designed several cruiser-racers and all-out racers in this size range and it shows in the 426’s sailing performance.

Name of vessel Saphira
Model Sabre 426
Year 2002
Builder Sabre Yachts
Designer Jim Taylor
Price $280,000 USD
Location Seattle, WA
Length (feet) 42
Beam (feet) 13' 6"
Draft (feet) 6'10"
Displacement (pounds) 24000
Ballast (pounds) 8850
Engine model Yanmar 4JH3E
Engine horsepower 55
Engine hours
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 60
Water tank capacity (gallons) 60
Holding tank capacity (gallons) 35

Interior Accommodations

The interior of the Sabre 426 is hand crafted of the finest American cherry with a teak and holly sole. Satin varnish gives the wood a delicate sheen, which accents the highly detailed joinery work featuring Sabre’s signature cold-molded curved laminated trim not found in other yachts. The generous headroom measures 6’6″ in the main salon and aft areas, and 6’4″ in the forward cabin. Drawers are maple dove tailed construction with smooth sliding roller guides.  Locker doors have fully louvered fronts, recessed self-closing hinges, and positive sealing push-button latches. The elegant and extensive lighting is by Cantalupi.

Nowhere is the study of old and new elements more evident than in the main salon. The bulkhead-mounted table is a great solution for the challenge of providing an open, airy feel while still allowing a large dining table at mealtimes. For entertaining, or for simply relaxing at the end of an exhilarating day on the water, the two L-shaped settees offer ample seating. Fold down the table for comfortable seating for six. The portside settee converts to a double berth. Storage is plentiful both above and outboard of the settees. Woodworking details found aboard the 426 are sure to please the most discriminating buyer.

The U-shaped galley is very functional and conveniently located to starboard at the base of the companionway. Large iceboxes are found aft where the most volume is available in the hull shape, and a front opening door provides convenient access to the items in the bottom of the refrigerator.

The owners can choose between the forward and aft staterooms. Both are spacious and comfortable with ample storage. The forward cabin is well ventilated with opening ports and an opening hatch. The vee berth is enhanced with step-up access. The aft cabin is also roomy and airy. A clever overhead hatch (concealed under and protected by the cockpit locker lid) offers excellent ventilation as well as connecting the cockpit crew to those below. Many drawers and lockers are provided for stowage of personal effects.

Saphira’s head compartment, with ceramic tiled floor and spacious separate shower stall is well equipped, functional, and easy to clean. Hose runs from the WC to the holding tank are as short as possible so as to minimize head odors. The Raritan PHII head, and Tank Watch monitor complete the system.

The custom chart table arrangement is set up for a variety of electronics. The inboard end of the chart table hinges open for chart and accessory storage, while a large panel for flush­ mounting of additional electronics is provided in clear view of the navigator. 

  • Blue fabric in main cabin 
  • Sand Corian counters in galley, aft cabin and head
  • Gloss varnished cabin teak and holly sole
  • Accord drop down shades for all ports
  • Oceanair shades/screens for all overhead hatches



Stainless steel sinks are situated on the forward arm of the galley, close to the yacht’s centerline. A convenient in-counter dish drainer/locker is located outboard and three large lockers are provided for dry goods. There are several drawers available for utensils and cookware.

Microwave oven 

Isotherm 12v refrigeration

Force 10 3 burner propane stove


Electronics and Navigation

Saphira features instrumentation at both the helm and nav station.

  • Furuno Navnet TZT 14 -inch chartplotter (2018)
  • Furuno 24” doppler radar (2018)
  • MNEA 2000 Heading sensor
  • Vesper XB800 AIS tranceiver (2014)
  • GPS and AIS broadcasts to navigation laptops and IPAD using its own wifi signal
  • Simrad AP 22 autopilot
  • B&G wind, speed depth and repeater in the nav station
  • Standard Horizon VHF radio with command mic with new antenna (2017)
  • Ritchie SP-5 compass in stainless steel binnacle on pedestal 
  • EZ Connect wifi bridge and external antenna
  • Wilson Smart Tech 4G cell phone booster

Electrical Systems

  • Magnum MS2812 pure sine wave inverter/charger (2018)
  • Magnum battery combiner
  • Magnum Remote panel for battery management
  • 110 AH Balmar alternator 
  • Balmar MC 612 regulator
  • (8) AGM 6v batteries totaling 880 amp hrs for house bank (2017)
  • (1) Group 27 start battery (2016)
  • (2) 12 volt outlets at chart table
  • (1) 12 volt outlet in the cockpit
  • (1) 12 volt outlet in the galley
  • (1) 12 volt outlet in the storage area under the galley sink (used for 12v freezer)
  • Kenwood AM/FM/CD stereo with audio jack
  • Bose speakers in the salon and the cockpit

Hull and Deck

The Sabre 426 is a vacuum-bagged, Divinycell-cored structure, hand laminated with structural E-glass. The outer layers use vinylester resins for waterproofness. Sleek inward turning hull to deck joint with integral 2 1/4″ high teak toe rail, secured with 3M 5200 sealant and stainless steel through bolts. Bulkheads, berth faces, shelves, and floor stringers are all bonded to the hull and each other to provide additional structural reinforcement and the super solid feel Sabre is renowned for. There is no crazing or cracking in the gelcoat.

On deck, there are both inboard and outboard genoa tracks with the inboard tracks are recessed into the deck tooling. Custom integrated stainless steel deck hardware includes mast collar, bow roller, chocks (bow, stern, and mid-ships), (10) opening ports, and companionway handrail.

  • Deep draft fin keel, 6’10”
  • Maxwell RC 10 electric windlass (2015)
  • Rocna 55lb primary anchor with 100’ 5/8” chain and 400’ 5/8”3 strand rode
  • Spare Bruce anchor
  • Spare Fortress anchor
  • Salt water anchor washdown system 
  • Forespar Marelon through-hulls Edson teak cockpit table
  • Topsides painted Flag Blue with Alexseal (2019)
  • Bottom painted (2019)
  • Mast pulled and checked (2019)
  • (2) Chrome Dorade vents
  • (6) Mooring cleats
  • New Iverson dodger (2018)
  • New Iverson bimini and transition (2018)
  • Edson model 402 destroyer steering wheel (padded leather)
  • Telescoping stainless steel boarding ladder on swim platform
  • balanced rudder with carbon fiber rudder post
  • Jeffa lower bearings (2014)
  • 4 Blade Maxprop (2016)
  • 4 blade, fixed pitch spare prop (2016)
  •  Replaced PSS shaft seal (2016)
  •  Shark weed cutter (2014)


Sails and Rigging

Saphira is first and foremost a good sailing boat, and has the rigging and gear to realize that. Either for day sailing or extended cruising, she’s a joy to sail.

  • Hall Spars triple spreader aluminum mast and boom, with Navtec rod rigging
  • Harken roller furling
  • Harken Traveler car
  • North full batten mainsail with Harken Battcars (first used 2019)
  • North jib (first used 2019)
  • Asymetric Spinnaker, on Selden GX15 furler, (2014)
  • Gale Sail storm jib, never used
  • Stackpack with lazy jacks for the main (2018)
  • Wheel cover (2018)
  • Winch covers (2022)
  • Navtec hydraulic backstay adjuster Hall Quick Vang led aft
  • Lewmar 46 ECST (electric) for main halyard, spin halyard, and main sheet 
  • Lewmar 46 CST for jib halyard, reefing lines
  • (2) 58 CST primaries for genoa sheets
  • Replaced gooseneck toggle with updated model (2017)
  • Garhauer adjustable genoa lead cars
  • Boom preventer
  • (2) Folding steps on mast 
  • (2) Burgee halyards, one on each spreader 

Mechanical and Plumbing systems

  • Yanmar 4JH3E with 1650 hours professionally maintained 
  • New sea water pump, fresh water pump, all new on engine hoses and water pipes, oil cooler, (2021)
  • Serviced & clean heat exchanger and replaced coolant (2021)
  • Installed fuel line bleed system in lazarette (2014)
  • Replaced mixing elbow, (2013)
  • Racor fuel filter/water separator for main engine
  • Max Charge MC 612 Regulator
  • Spare alternator
  • Spectra Ventura 150 Deluxe 12V watermaker 
  • New RO membrane installed (2021)
  • Hurricane hydronic diesel fired furnace with 3 zones
  • Hurricane additional 1500 watt electric element for supplemental heating while at the dock
  • New Isotemp hot water heater (2021)
  • Raritan PHII head 
  • Macerator pump for head
  • Tankwatch indicator for holding tank 
  • Hot and Cold Cockpit shower 
  • Max Prop feathering 4 blade propeller
  • PSS dripless shaft seal
  • Line cutting Spurs on prop shaft 

Safety and Miscellaneous

  • Flares
  • lifesling
  • Lifejackets
  • Tethers
  • Stern anchoring line
  • cockpit cushions

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