1998 Sabre 402

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Class Sails
Category Cruisers, Racers and Cruisers
Year 1998
Make Sabre
Length 40'
Propulsion Type Single Inboard
Hull Material Fiberglass
Fuel Type Diesel
Location Groton, CT
Vessel Walkthrough

The mandate given to Jim Taylor and the Sabre Design Team was to design and build a sailing yacht with exceptional performance, yet still easily sailed by a couple. The Sabre 402 is fast but requires little physical effort to make her perform. She is ruggedly built and incorporates new technology such as a carbon fiber rudder post and state of the art keel designs. The Sabre 402 with her contemporary, wider beam has an abundance of interior volume.

The main salon is impressive and takes full advantage of the 402's beam of 13-feet 4-inches. Comfortable settees are found to port and starboard, with the port side convertible to a double berth. An elegant yacht table, which will comfortably seat six at meal time, is located on the centerline. Storage lockers above the berth backs provide ample space for storage. Aft and to starboard is the forward facing navigator's table, which has all of the space required for a sophisticated electronics system. The navigator's seat also serves as a place for socializing with the cook when meals are being prepared in the galley to port.

To starboard and aft of the nav station are the head and shower. Molded in fiberglass, this easily maintained unit incorporates a marine head, a sink recessed in the countertop, and lots of dry storage in the lockers outboard. A separate shower stall with teak seat is located aft of the head. This compartment has a door providing access to the aft cabin.

The 55 horsepower auxiliary engine is located under the galley on the centerline. Keeping this weight and the weight of all tankage in the middle of the hull adds greatly to the sea kindliness and comfort of the yacht.

The galley to port has ample storage lockers. Outboard, under the countertop, there are plenty of drawers and a refrigerator/ freezer. A double stainless steel sink with mixing faucet is located in the island above the engine. A four burner propane stove with oven is found at the aft end of the galley.

The aft cabin has a large berth with storage spaces and drawers underneath. The berth's occupants can recline with open spaces overhead - unlike the aft cabins of many boats of this type. Outboard of the berth is a long shelf with lockers, a set of drawers, and a large hanging locker. At the forward end of the cabin on centerline is a convenient magazine - book rack.  

The bridge deck - a safety feature in heavy seas - becomes a welcome interior space, providing ease of access from the head to the aft cabin.

In the forward cabin, the Sabre 402's hull volume comfortably houses a 6-foot 10-inch long center island berth surrounded by hanging lockers, storage lockers, and ample shelving; also in the forward cabin is a vanity with Corian counter, sink, and mirror. There is storage under the berth.

At the bow, the custom cast anchor roller is designed to easily accommodate two anchors. Aft of the stem is the large chain locker which also houses the anchor windlass and anchor wash down below deck level. Moving aft there are six small and two large deck hatches which allow plenty of light and air to fill the yacht's interior. Along the sides of the house are eight stainless steel opening ports and four large fixed ports. Two chrome dorades ensure circulation of the interior air when the yacht is closed up.

The AwIgrip finished, triple spreader rig, with aft swept spreaders and rod rigging is the source of power which drives the performance of the Sabre 402. This mast section was chosen for its light weight and strength. A lighter mast causes the boat to heel and to pitch less, improving performance and adding comfort and safety. Her genoa tracks are placed well inboard for close sheeting angles and superb weather sailing performance. The Sabre 402 has a second set of genoa tracks on the wooden toe rail for use off the wind or when conditions require a more wide open slot between genoa and mainsail.

Her cockpit is designed for


Large top and front loading fridge

        Large top loading freezer

       [ dual dockside & engine driven Sea Frost systems]

        Regal 2 propane 4 burner stove and oven

        Double stainless steel sink

        Pressurized hot and cold water

        Corian countertops 

        Panasonic microwave

       Xintex S-2A propane fume detector and control system




Navigation Station Electronics

       Northstar 952X GPS display (redundant to the Furuno system at the helm)    

       Bass Products circuit control system

        B&G h1000 multifunction display

        ICOM IC-M504 VHF with remote cockpit handset control

        JVC KD-519 stereo system

        Heart Interface Link 20 battery monitoring system

        Heart Interface Pathmaker battery control system

        Diesel fuel tank fuel level gauge       


Helm Equipment & Electronics

Furuno Navnet 3D chart plotter/radar VX2 (c-map NT max)

Simrad AP 25 Autopilot with Robertson hydraulic ram

B&G h1000 multifunction display for speed, depth,etc

B&G apparent wind indicator

NavPod instrument housings for electronics

Edson pedestal steering with engine controls

Ritchie compass


Cockpit Equipment

Engine control panel with tach,oil pressure, engine temp & battery charge indicators

Dual propane tanks in custom vented locker

Custom cockpit cushions

Sony marine speakers

Cockpit shower


Sails and Rigging

Rod rigging

        New main in 2012 (light use) with Dutchman furling

       Antal mainsail car slide system

       Compression Boom Vang

       2 jibs (1 genoa & 1 self-tending)

       Self-tending jib track & sheet system

       Harken jib roller furling system 

       Spinnaker & pole


Deck and Equipment

Garhauer marine dinghy davits

        Horizon Express anchor windlass

        CQRanchorplus spare spade type anchor

        Anchor wash down in chain locker

       Fold down cockpit table

        Life Sling

        Lewmar 44 electric winch (1)

       2 x 44 Lewmar self-tailing winches

        2 x 54 Lewmar self-tailing winches



    Westerbeke 55A Four diesel aux power (1170 eng. hours)

    Brunton Autoprop H6- 3 blade propeller

    Bass Products circuit board control system

    Xantrex multistage battery charger

    Inverter with Statpower remote switch

   Sansui 19 Flat screen TV


Additional Equipment

New Awlgrip paint in 2012

        New Interlux hull barrier coats (3) in 2012

        Port & hatch screens

        All new dodger and bimini with extended side panels in 2012 

            Custom winter cover (2012)    

Sabre 402 Specifications per Manufacturer

Hull Construction

        Single unit, balsa cored, hand-laminated fiberglass of alternate layers of mat knitted biaxial roving.

        ISO NPG gel coat.

        Below waterline chopped strand glass and vinylester resin are used as a back-up for ISO NPG gelcoat.

        Internal deck to hull joint.

        Molded-in double boot and cove stripes.

        Bulkheads, berth faces, shelves and floor stringers laminated to hull providing integral, structural strength.

        Choice of step or traditional transom.

Deck Construction

        Single unit, hand-laminated fiberglass with balsa core for stiffness and marine mahogany plywood in lieu of balsa in high-stress areas.

        The deck is fastened to the hull using stainless steel thru-bolts every 6" (4" in way of genoa tracks)

        3M 5200 Polyurethane sealant in hull to deck joint. 

  Steering System

        Edson wheel steering with 40" comfort grip destroyer wheel, pedestal guard, and brake.

        Ritchie SP-5 compass mounted in stainless steel binnacle.

        Emergency tiller stored in cockpit locker.

        Balanced rudder, molded fiberglass bonded to a carbon fiber rudder stock passing through a Tide's Marine top bearing and a lip seal bearing laminated to the hull.


        Deep storage locker to starboard.

        Molded-in winch handle pockets; coamings angled for comfort.

        Solid teak cup holder on pedestal.

        Two cockpit scuppers to bronze sea valves.

        Stove fuel storage locker in aft lazarette.

        Transom boarding ladder with teak treads.


        Stainless steel, thru-bolted to chainplate bulkheads bonded to the hull.

        Grounded to the keel.

        Mounted well inboard for optimum sheeting angles. 


        A modern section wingedkeel (draws 4 11)

        Thru-bolted to sump with stainless steel bolts and bronze nuts.


        One piece aluminum, keel stepped, Hall Spar mast with triple airfoil spreaders, masthead rig with white Awlgrip finish

        Tri-sect masthead with 3 forward halyard sheaves

        Internal main and genoa halyards.

        Boom vang lug.

        Spare halyard exits.


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.
Contact Information

Please call or text Jonathan Smith, CPYB, at 860-514-3763 or email jsmith@prestigeyachtsales.net 

Nominal Length
Length Overall
Cabin Headroom
Length at Waterline
Engine Make Westerbeke
Engine Model 250
Engine Year 1998
Total Power 55hp
Engine Type Single Inboard
Fuel Type Diesel
1998 Sabre 402

Be sure to view the video tour linked within this listing. Production of the Jim Taylor designed Sabre 402 began in 1996 and it soon won Cruising Worlds Mid-Sized Cruiser and Overall Boat of the Year awards in 1997. The Sabre 402 model has maintained its value over the years because production sailboat companies no longer build boats with this high level of quality and style. 'Glee' was refurbished by its current owner in 2012. Upgrades include Awlrgrip paint job, stripping & barrier coating the bottom, new mainsail with Dutchman system, new canvas package, electronics, etc... Other features include dinghy davits, windlass, electric winch, canvas winter cover. Glee is a sailboat from Sabre's pinnacle period in a package that looks like a 5-year old boat.     

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