SEAGLASS | Sabre 38 Hardtop Express | 38ft

Warwick, RI, US


SEAGLASS | Sabre 38 Hardtop Express | 38ft


Warwick, RI, US


SEAGLASS is a 2008 model, but was not completed or launched from the Sabre factory until 2010 due to the economic crisis. As such, her hull and all of her equipment show and function as younger than her model number implies.

If you’re in the market for a Sabre, or for any Downeast Express in this size and price range, SEAGLASS is an absolute must-see. Aesthetically and mechanically, she is the definition of a ‘Perfect 10’ with low engine-hours (mostly fresh-water), a meticulous open-checkbook maintenance program and continuous upgrades. These include 2019 repaint, 2020 stern thruster, 2020 canvas and much more. Since helping them purchase her from the Great Lakes in late 2019, I have spent many hours running this boat and consulting with the owner on projects, and I can say without exaggeration that she is one of the cleanest yachts I’ve had the pleasure of cruising and/or listing for sale. Her owners have loved her and enjoyed her regularly this past summer and are now looking to step up into a larger Sabre, as their cruising plans have evolved. I would challenge a buyer to look carefully at the specs of the other offerings on the market, and suspect you will find that SEAGLASS is the most competitive Sabre 38 currently available. She is easy to show and survey on short notice at her dock slip in Warwick, RI.

*The sellers have volunteered to make available the results of a recent oil sample analysis to serious buyers.

*I have several gigabytes worth of video footage of this boat, both underway and of deck and interior walk-through tours. Please contact me for links to these files.


  • Length: 38ft
  • Builder: Sabre Yachts
  • Beam: 13' 8"
  • Year: 2008
  • Hull: Fiberglass
  • Engine: (2) Yanmar, 440 hp


  • Builder: Sabre Yachts
  • Designer: Sabre Design Team


  • Length Overall: 38.50 ft
  • Bridge Clearance Measure: 14' 0"
  • Cabin Head room measure: 6' 6"
  • Beam Measure: 13' 8"


  • Engine Brand: Yanmar
  • Year Built: 2008
  • Engine Model: 6LY3-STP
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Hours: 635
  • Engine Power: 440 hp

  • Engine Brand: Yanmar
  • Year Built: 2008
  • Engine Model: 6LY3-STP
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Hours: 635
  • Engine Power: 440 hp


  • Fresh Water Tanks: 1 (100 Gallons)
  • Fuel Tanks: 1 (350 Gallons)


The Sabre 38 represents the latest in yacht design and naval architecture, while maintaining the classic pedigree appeal of New England yachting and boatbuilding. Her timeless exterior profile still distinctly ‘Downeast’, and to back up the costume, she is built to the standards that the shipyards of Downeast Maine have always adhered to: Uncompromising construction methods, strong, stable and seaworthy hull designs, and absolute reliability.

The underbody lines are the latest thinking in Deep-Vee and modified-Vee motor yacht hulls. This design allows for supremely smooth, quiet, and dry running in nearly any weather. This particular 38, with the desirable factory-upgraded Yanmar 440 engine package, cruises along at 24 knots while easily achieving the coveted 1 gallon/mile fuel burn. I have personally documented this on SEAGLASS in many different conditions, with up to about 19 knots of wind with the accompanying surface chop. Her top speed is 30 knots, and she is well-behaved throughout the entire RPM range. Importantly, to add to that cruising comfort, Sabre's engineers have reduced noise and vibration levels substantially with a careful study of engine room ventilation and insulation.

This design is easily handled by a couple or even by a single-handed yachtsman/yachtswoman. She is extremely maneuverable with twin screws, spinning within her own length with fingertip movements on the electronic throttle controls. The bow and stern thrusters almost seem superfluous, as do pod drives, after you’ve driven this boat.

SEAGLASS will not last long on the market, so don’t hesitate to set up a viewing.


  • Flag blue Awlgrip repaint (2019)
  • Stern thruster added (2020)
  • New canvas and Eisenglass on deck (2020) (including custom Sunbrella shades)
  • New upholstery in bridge deck Stidd chairs (2019) and L-settee (2020)
  • Exterior teak refinished (2019)
  • Antifouling bottom job (2020)
  • New Class B AIS transponder (2020)
  • Recent oil sample available (from 09/2020)


Down below, the fit and finish along with the creature comforts afforded by this Sabre might cause even a superyacht to blush, with her varnished cherry finish, built-in spice racks and backlit bottle storage. The Sabre quality and pedigree are evident in every corner and crease of the bespoke joinery and cabinetry and in the stunning teak and holly floor soles. All surfaces are finished with satin or semi-gloss varnish or lacquer, which highlights the woodwork beautifully without the unnecessary maintenance and expense of a deep-gloss finish. This makes for a warm and inviting interior aesthetic seldom found on modern production boats.

SEAGLASS offers a spacious master stateroom forward, with a partial-walkaround queen berth nestled between teak-slat side walls and louvered locker doors. There are overhead book shelves and cabinets, along with a large hanging locker to port, and full-size drawers to starboard. There is en-suite access to the head from the master cabin, on the port side. Privacy is afforded by a pocket door which neatly stows inside the bulkhead for space-savings in both the master cabin and salon area. A flat screen TV with DVD player is flush-mounted on the bulkhead. Natural light and ventilation are provided by a large opening hatch overhead, plus opening portlights on either side. All opening hatches and portlights are fitted with bug screens and blackout shades. Reading lamps are provided on the bulkhead above the bed.

Aft and to port of the master stateroom, the oversized head sports a surprisingly large stall shower with bench seat. This head opens both to the master stateroom forward and to the salon, meaning it can be used as either an en-suite or a day head. There is an overhead hatch to the deck along with opening port lights for natural light and ventilation. Hot water is provided via an 11-gallon tank that can be heated by either the engine coolant loop, or by a 110v element. The toilet is an electric push-button “Quiet Flush’ model from Jabsco. Ample storage is provided by way of cabinets behind and underneath the sink. There is a two-way exhaust fan built into the wall for dehumidifying the space. The space is also conditioned via a split-off from the aircon/heating ducting in the main cabin.

The main salon and the galley which is open to it are suitable to serve as an additional cabin, if required. The salon table drops down and converts to a double berth, with the addition of a cushion insert. In table mode, the settee is large enough to easily accommodate dinner for eight. Forward of the table is a 20” flat screen, LCD TV w/ DVD player, and just aft of is it the electrical control panel. There are cabinets with louvered doors and shelves with fiddles offering storage. The galley is equipped with a two-burner ceramic, electric stovetop built into the Corian counter top, with a fridge/freezer combo just underneath. The refrigerator may be powered by either 12V D/C or 120V A/C current for redundancy and for efficient energy budgeting. The stainless-steel sink basin is easily converted to additional countertop space by way of a circular Corian insert. There is a convection/microwave oven built into the cabinetry just forward and outboard. Cupboards with louvered doors offer plenty of storage for glasses, service ware, and cutlery, and the space underneath the sink accommodates cleaning supplies. There is a trash can built into one of the companionway stairs (which lifts up on a hinge) within arm’s reach of the sink. As with the stateroom and head, ample natural lighting and ventilation is provided via forward-opening deck hatches and side-opening portlights. A Seagull water purifier is installed beneath the galley sink.

  • All interior spaces are conditioned with reverse-cycle Climma heat/air/dehumidifier compressors. There are separate zones – each with their own control panel
  • Cantalupi flush-mount LED lights are used throughout the interior, as are 12V fans
  • Sound-deadening headliner panels are used per standard Sabre construction
  • All interior upholstery is in Ultrasuede
  • There are courtesy lights throughout


If you’ve had the pleasure of driving a Sabre, you already know that they are the definition of a balanced compromise – speed when you want it, stability when you need it, and a strong emphasis on passenger comfort no matter what. These boats are designed to deliver exceptional performance across all weather conditions while maintaining class-leading fuel efficiency and comfort.

  • The hull is painted in AwlGrip Flag blue, with Gold cove stripe and a White boot stripe
  • The deck is Factory Beige Gelcoat
  • Modified Deep Vee planning hull with shallow prop tunnels (prop pockets)
  • The hull is designed with 23° deadrise amidships, and 16° deadrise aft
  • Construction consists of knitted biaxial E-glass over vacuum bagged Divinycell foam core
  • The hull is finished with ISO NPG gelcoat with Vinylester resin
  • Stringers are fiberglass over foam core
  • Deck construction uses knitted biaxial E-glass over Balsa coring
  • Deck non-skid is factory printed (molded in). This included the roof-top over bridge deck
  • Tuna-door access from swim platform to aft cockpit
  • The fiberglass bow pulpit keeps the anchor roller and ground tackle away from the bow
  • Oversized stainless-steel guard rails surround all side decks and foredecks
  • Oversized swim platform serves as a passerelle for boarding access and/or dinghy storage
  • Portlights and exhaust vents are trimmed in stainless-steel, windows are trimmed in aluminum
  • The toe rail is natural teak (finished with teak oil), with stainless-steel fairlead chocks for lines
  • The rub rail is stainless-steel and runs the length of the hull
  • Hatches are aluminum and Lexan
  • Hardtop bridge deck roof offers additional safe access to the instrument mast
  • A flush hatch opens to an anchor chain and fender storage locker forward near the windlass
  • A flush hatch in the aft cockpit offers access to a cavernous ‘garage’ for storage
  • Molded steps from the aft cockpit provide safe, easy access up to the side decks
  • Stainless-steel support struts include large hand rails for safety and security while stepping up
  • There is a single-step level change from aft deck to bridge deck which keeps water out
  • Molded in seats in the aft cockpit offer storage underneath and sit opposite a flip down bench
  • Transom combing is finished with natural teak, equipped with multiple Burnewiin marine fittings which can adapt to hold rods, flag pole, cleats, grills etc.
  • The aft cockpit overhanging roof can accommodate a zip-on bimini, with rod-racks underneath
  • The swim platform sports a built-in, telescoping swim ladder which can be deployed by a MOB
  • Deck cushions finished in Navy Sunbrella with White piping. Canvas is Sand Sunbrella
  • There is a spigot in the aft cockpit for a dockside water inlet (direct feed from the mains)
  • A hot/cold fresh water shower is provided on the transom
  • Courtesy lighting offers security and safety at night


In my opinion, SEAGLASS carries the best bridge deck in her class. With just a few zips, the space is easily converted from a fully protected and air-conditioned interior bridge, to an open-air, express-style ‘coupe’ for sunny days. The single 5” transition step from aft cockpit to bridge deck leaves the two spaces feeling very much connected – an essential quality for entertaining cocktail cruises or an evening on the hook with guests. But of course, on those chilly September nights in Maine, the hardcore cruising couple will appreciate being able to drive and lounge in the confines of a fully-enclosed and heated bridge. Did I mention the 360-degree visibility from the helm? This is not to be underestimated, especially while leaving or entering a marina slip.

A few notable features found in the bridge deck:

  • Large L-settee aft and to port for seating, with a small cocktail table that swivels
  • Twin STIDD helm seats – recently upholstered – one each for the captain and co-captain
  • A second mini-fridge to starboard boats a U-line icemaker
  • Above the mini fridge there is a small counter with sink that serves as a wet bar
  • Engine room access is provided through a large opening hatch in the bridge deck sole
  • The bridge deck floor sole is finished with natural teak decking
  • The forward windows on each side of the bridge deck slide open, as does the middle windshield
  • There is a sliding hatch with built-in screen and sun shade over each helm seat
  • 12V fans are mounted over each side of the dashboard for comfort
  • Built-in speakers in the bridge deck ceiling sync with the surround sound system
  • Built in chart and personal storage bin with clear Lexan hatch, hinged for access


  • Garmin chart plotter networked with radar and AIS (for overlay) and autopilot
  • Second, smaller Garmin chart plotter for redundancy or to allow full-screen radar on primary
  • Garmin VHF on dashboard and a secondary/backup unit overhead
  • Electronic throttles with sync button
  • Engine start/stop controls
  • Bow and stern thruster joystick controls
  • Remote windlass control with chain counter
  • ARC remote-control panel for spotlight (mounted on bridge deck roof)
  • Yanmar digital diagnostics displays for each engine
  • Raymarine autopilot control head
  • Trim tabs control module and position display
  • Garmin multi-function instrument reads depth/speed/weather
  • Controls and alarms for bilge pumps and automatic fire suppression systems
  • Sirius/XM radio control head
  • Climma air conditioning zone controls
  • Wiper controls
  • Secondary toggle switches for lights, horn, engine room blower
  • 12V and 120v power plugs
  • Stainless steel cupholder
  • Varnished teak book/chart rack
  • Ritchie floating compass with backlight
  • Custom Vetus mahogany steering wheel
  • The entire helm-dash is hinged and opens aft for easy access to all wiring


It is worth noting that SEAGLASS spent her life on a fresh water lake until she was purchased and brought to New England in fall, 2019. Of her approx. 635 hours, only about 65 hours have been on salt water (summer season, 2020). She was used for 4-5 months each year, and stored indoors for many of the winters until 2019/20, thus her mechanical equipment shows and operates as much younger than the date on her HIN might suggest.

  • Teleflex hydraulic steering system
  • Tilting Teleflex helm pump
  • Twin bronze rudders w/ adjustable tie-rod
  • Twin Bennett stainless steel trim tabs
  • Reverso oil change system
  • Prop spurs on both prop shafts
  • ZF 220-A transmission
  • (2) 1-3/4” Aquamet 22 stainless-steel prop shafts
  • PSS dripless shaft seals
  • (2) Manganese bronze struts (P-bracket hangers) with cutlass bearings
  • Four-blade NiBrAl propellers to ISO class S
  • 80amp 12V alternators on each engine
  • Groco raw water intake strainers
  • Automatic CO2 fire-suppression system (recharged and certified 2019)
  • Custom install for additional aircon circ pump for redundancy
  • Lewmar flush-mount electric windlass with foot controls and remote controls at the helm
  • All below-water through hulls are equipped with updated Marelon seacock valves
  • There is a bonding system to safeguard against galvanic corrosion


  • Onan 9 kW generator with noise/heat shield box. (Reported <150 hours Aug, 2020)
  • Twin reverse-cycle heat/air compressors in bridge deck (in addition to the (2) units inside)
  • 120V A/C main on (2) legs offers redundancy and efficient energy management dockside
  • Galvanic isolator
  • 120V outlets throughout the interior, bridge deck, aft cockpit and engine room
  • 50amp, 3-bank battery charger
  • 12V system serviced by (2) 4D, 210amp hour, deep cycle AGM house batteries
  • Engine and generator start serviced by (2) 1,000 CCA start batteries
  • All batteries available for crossover via parallel switch
  • Dual aircon circ pumps (120V a/c pumps) with their own plumbing loop


  • Garmin 7212 12in touch screen chart plotter / multi-function display
  • Garmin 6 kW XHD radar with 4” open-array
  • Garmin GMI 10 Color 0183/N2k instrument display
  • GEM Garmin speed/temp BRZ thru-hull
  • Garmin remote digital sounder
  • GEM/Airman solid state compass
  • Garmin 7” color multi-function display
  • Airman on board weather station w/ Garmin GXM 51 satellite weather antenna
  • Speco hailer horn
  • (2) Garmin VHF 200 radios
  • Digital VHF antenna
  • Class B AIS transponder
  • Raymarine ST60 autopilot
  • Clarion CD/AM/FM stereo multi-zone


  • Custom winter cover
  • Stainless-steel Delta plow-style anchor mated to 200ft of stainless-steel chain
  • Docklines and fenders
  • (2) Shore power cords


Excluded from the sale are the owner’s personal effects and any equipment not specified in the listing above.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.



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