Maine-built Sabre Yachts has begun construction on a new Downeast model to fill the gap between their successful 42- and 48-footers. Like all Sabre designs, the fully-enclosed 45 Salon Express will ship standard with twin Volvo Penta IPS drives that they estimate will get the 45 to a performance cruising speed around 27 knots, but the top-end speed is only part of the story.
Designed with copious drawer and hanging locker stowage, the 45 will also feature a utility space that pushes this model into the long-range coastal cruising category. Lying just forward of the engine room, accessed through a hatch in the sole, the utility space can house a number of optional gadgets. If you want to save your fresh catch for another day, throw in an extra fridge or freezer. If you prefer to reduce your rock and roll at sea, this is where your gyro stabilizer goes. Once those are in, you’ll still have space for a wine chiller and washer/dryer. These are long-range amenities typically not associated with Downeast yachts.
Speaking to Sabre and Back Cove’s long-time head of sales and marketing, Bentley Collins, Sabre and their dealers are equally excited about the prospect of integrating Volvo Penta’s Glass Cockpit into more boats. Glass Cockpit is Volvo’s fully integrated visual display, which monitors and displays engine data, load warnings, alarms, and other features such as autopilot and joystick control.
“When the boat returns to the dock, service techs or dealers can download the trip report and help owners replace any fuses or issues that might have come up,” Collins said.