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  • Fishing / Downeast
  • Sabre / 48 Salon Express
  • 2014 / New
  • 48' / 15'
  • 2012 Cummins QSC 8.3
  • 2012 Cummins QSC 8.3
  • 550 hp
  • Diesel

Downeast 2014 Sabre 48 Salon Express listed by JK3 Nautical Enterprises, Inc. (Off Market)

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  • Powered by twin Cummins QSC 8.3 / 550 hp
  • Off Market / since Jun 23rd 2015

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Sabre 48 Salon Express

Offered by JK3 Yachts San Diego, CA - S O L D (Available to view in Southern California)

we have a build slot open forMAY 2016delivery!

As an early adopter of pod drive systems, Sabre Yachts has a clear understanding of how these revolutionary drives can best be used to increase efficiency, maximize ease of operation and owner confidence. The all-new Sabre 48 Salon Express is our fifth pod driven model and she takes full advantage of this technology in both her performance and in her interior accommodation plan.

The 48s traditional exterior profile belies the contemporary performances of her vee-hull. She cruises at 27 knots and at wide open throttle shell attain more than 32 knots. With the Zeus pod drive system, turns at speed are as exciting as they are in a fine sports car but perhaps even more exhilarating is the quiet that one experiences at cruise speeds. Less than 75 Dba makes her one of the quietest motoryachts available today. The joystick and Skyhook operations give every Captain the confidence to dock her in the most difficult of circumstances.

Her raised cockpit sole brings together the social aspects of the cockpit and main salon and the aft end of the house opens up fully to connect the spaces. Her main salon offers ample seating surfaces for entertaining or simply relaxing to read or enjoy the standard entertainment systems. While underway the raised settee to port of the Stidd helm chair is a perfect place for the crew to enjoy the ride. And when docking, a standard side deck door serves her helmsman and crew, well. The two cabin, two head layout is supplemented by a mechanical space forward of the engine room. Optionally, this space can be laid out as a crew quarters with berth and head unit.

Quote from Sabre Design Team: We think its important to understand that, before we even started in on the 48s hull design, we had the advantage of having already delivered 4 different hull models which incorporated azimuthing pod systems: Volvo IPS on the Sabre 38 and Sabre 52, and CMD Zeus on the Sabre 40, Sabre 42. We began the 48SE program by reviewing both our predicted performance characteristics and the collected empirical data on these hulls, and analyzed the numbers against the corresponding hull geometry and weight and center information. This wealth of data allowed us to identify features and characteristics that benefitted performance, handling, running attitude, sea keeping, etc, and introduce these characteristics into the 48 design in a managed way.

With the overall 48 design, made a significant shift away from our typical weight distribution when we decided to close couple the engines to the drive units, thereby moving the motors aft to live under the cockpit. That move raised an eyebrow with our Owners, who were concerned about that movement of the center of gravity, and the resulting running trim angles excellent sightlines and low inherent bow rise and trim angles have been hallmarks of Sabres successful powerboat designs. But we had pledged from the start that we would develop a hull that delivered a running attitude that was as good as or better than a shaft boat along with the speed, handling and technological advantages of a pod boat so thats what we set out to do, and I think the results really speak for themselves.

Specific hull geometry features that are new on the 48:

  – Static angle of attack was introduced into the running bottom below the chine.
  – Longitudinal angle of the working chine was increased in the aft 1/3 of the hull.
  – Deadrise angles were redistributed along the length of the running surface to manipulate the longitudinal center of dynamic effort.

We also tweaked the Zeus tunnel geometry and we modeled the hull wake in 3D to better understand the running character and how the swim platform would relate to the hull wake at various speeds. All in all, the execution of this hull form was a huge team effort not a one man show. Were very pleased with the outcome.

Kevin Burns

Chief Designer

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Designer: Sabre Design Team
Hull Shape: Deep Vee

LOA: 48 ft 0 in
Beam: 15 ft 4 in
Maximum Draft: 3 ft 9 in
Bridge Clearance: 14 ft 2 in
Headroom: 6 ft 6 in
Deadrise: 14 at Transom
Dry Weight: 34700 lbs

Total Power: 1100 HP

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Cummins
Year Built: 2012
Engine Model: QSC 8.3
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Drive Type: Pod Drive
Engine Power: 550 HP
Engine 2:
Engine Brand: Cummins
Year Built: 2012
Engine Model: QSC 8.3
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Drive Type: Pod Drive
Engine Power: 550 HP

Cruising Speed: 29 mph
Maximum Speed: 35 mph

Fresh Water Tanks: (160 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (500 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: (70 Gallons)


Length: (without swim platform and bow/anchor pulpit)...... 47 6
Length: (overall including all overhangs)........................... 51 11

AIr Draft (waterline to mast top)........................................14 2
Air Draft (w/o mast).........................................................10 10

Beam...........................................................................15 4
Draft............................................................................. 3 9
Deadrise.......................................................................16 deg.
Displacement................................................................ 34,700 lbs

Fuel Capacity................................................................525 gal
Water Capacity............................................................. 160 gal
Holding Tank................................................................. 70 gal

Headroom..................................................................... 6 6
Sleeping Berths (6)........................................................ 6 6


  – Modified Deep V Planing hull design, with shallow pod drivetunnels.
  – 14 deadrise at transom, 23 deadrise amidships.
  – ISO NPG white gelcoat w/vinylester back-up resin.
  – Bottom, topsides and transom VIP resin infused biaxial E-glasswith Airex C70 foam core.
  – Stringer system biaxial E-glass with foam core.
  – Bulkheads vacuum-bagged biaxial E-glass with polypropylenehoneycomb core.
  – Molded E-glass swim platform with molded-in anti-skid surface.
  – Hull side rubbing strakes.
  – PVC rub rail with stainless steel cap.
  – Painted (IMRON) double boot top.
  – Gold recessed cove stripe.

Deck and Hardtop

  – ISO NPG gelcoat.
  – VIP resin infused biaxial E-glass with balsa core.
  – Molded-in anti-skid deck surfaces.
  –  Electric salon sunroof with sunscreen.
  – Bi Fold aft salon door to port.
  – Sliding windows in salon on cabin sides.
  – Electric opening drop down window in salon aft bulkhead.
  – Hinged access door to side deck at helm.
  – Flush, outward opening, transom door with latch.
  – Anchor locker with slam latch.
  – Large lazarette/engine room access hatch in cockpit sole withcompression latches.

Deck Hardware

  –  FRP molded mast, separate radar platform satellite pads
  – 1 1/4 Diameter type 316 stainless steel perimeter rail system.
  – (8) 12 Stainless steel cleats (2 fwd, 4 mid ship, 2 in aft cockpit).
  – (1) 10 Stainless steel cleat to starboard of windlass as anchorrode tie off.
  – (4) Custom cast stainless steel mid-rail line chocks.
  – (2) Custom cast stainless steel skene chocks forward.
  – (2) Custom folding stainless steel mooring cleats aft.
  – Bow pulpit with dual anchor roller for 44# CQR or Delta anchorand lunch hook.
  – Quick anchor windlass, electric rope-chain type.
  – Flag staff and socket on taffrail.
  – Burgee staff on bow pulpit.
  – (6) Low Profile stainless steel hatches w/screens.
  – (6) Custom stainless steel opening port lights.
  –  Teak deck on FRP swim platform.
  –  Teak decking in aft cockpit including steps.
  – Teak toe rails.
  – Teak cabin side eye-brow.
  – Custom cast stainless steel SABRE medallion.

Helm Station

  – Cummins/Zeus Pod DTS single lever electronic controls.
  – Cummins/Zeus Smart Craft display (engine data, tank levels, vesseldata, alarms).
  –  Additional Cummins/Zeus Smart Craft Vesselview display.
  – Triple windshield wipers with washers.
  – Ritchie Compass.
  – Switch controls for horn, running lights, anchor light, engineroom blower and optional equipment.
  – Stazo 400mm custom teak steering wheel with tilt helm andSabre logo.
  – Stidd single helm seat with Ultraleather fabric and contrasting piping.


  – Twin Cummins QSC 8.3 550 hp electronic, fresh water-cooledengines..
  – Twin CMD Zeus 3800 pod drives , with integrated steering andtrim tabs.
  – 120A, 12V alternators each engine.
  – (2) Exhaust by-pass mufflers.
  – Engine room blower.
  – Engine room vent ducts.
  – Engine room floor with FRP anti-skid.
  – White gelcoated engine room
  – Mylar face foam noise barrier.
  –  Reverso oil change system.

Fuel System

  – (2) 250 USG diesel fuel tanks port and starboard.
  – Racor fuel filters with water in fuel probes.
  – (2) 2 Diesel deck fill plates.

Steering and Trim Systems

  – CMD helm, with joystick controller.
  – Trim tabs integrated in CMD Zeus Pod drives.
  – Autopilot integrated in CMD Zeus Pod system.
  –  Skyhook GPS position hold system with dedicated GPSreceiver. will hold boat at virtual anchor including bow orientation.

12VDC Electrical System

  – Two AGM Group 31 dedicated engine start batteries.
  – Three AGM 4D deep cycle ships service batteries.
  – One AGM Group 24 generator start battery.
  –  Inverter/charger 3000 watt true sine wave with remote control.
  – Remote control battery switches with controls at helm.
  – Manual emergency battery crossover switch.
  – Illuminated main circuit breaker distribution.
  – Digital battery monitor.
  – Marine-grade, tinned wire throughout.

  –  Lighting:

- St. MaartenFrost cabin reading lights.
- High output LED lights in the overhead.
- Halogen Strip / bar lighting in appropriate locations.
- Fluorescent engine room lighting.
- Cockpit courtesy lights.

120VAC Electrical System

  – Onan 11.5 kw generator including:

- Interfaced to Cummins Vessel View display
- Dedicated AGM group24 start battery.
- Water lift muffler.
- Cooling water intake strainer.
- Sound shield.
- Transfer switch.

  – 50A shore power service with Glendinning Cablemaster 50 ft.cord.
  – Fail safe galvanic isolator.
  – Illuminated main circuit breaker distribution panel.
  – Digital AC system monitor
  – 120V GFCI protected outlets in each cabin and engine room.
  –  Additional 12 volt DC outlet (one standard at helm).
  – 50amp, 3-bank battery charger
  – Reverse cycle heat/ air conditioning in (3) zones.



  – Spacious island berth athwartship layout with laminated trim.
  – Hull side deadlight over head board
  –  Additional dimmer switches
  –  12v and 115v plug ins at headboard
  –  Shoji style passageway and closet doors
  – Shoji style portlight screen panels
  – Cherry hull ceilings.
  – Drawers under berth and in bulkhead aft of berth.
  – (2) hanging lockers fore and aft of bed.
  – LED flat screen TV and DVD player.
  – Teak and holly sole.
  – Sound deadening soft headliner panels.
  – Pocket door to master head compartment.


  – Private access from master stateroom
  – Custom tile in WC and shower sole
  – Glass vessel style sink
  – High gloss finish over solid cherry counter.
  – Vanity cabinet below sink
  – Storage outboard
  – Mirror above vanity, cherry framed
  – Separate shower stall with clear bi-fold enclosure and glass tileaccent wall within
  – Electric shower sump pump
  – Opening port to side deck
  – Deck hatch with blind/screen overhead
  – Ventilation blower
  – Stainless steel towel bars


  – Spacious island berth, with laminated trim.
  – Cherry hull ceilings.
  – Drawers under berth, A/C return grille beside.
  – Storage lockers, drawers and shelves.
  – Teak and holly sole.
  – Sound deadening soft headliner panels.
  – Pocket door to passageway.
  – Private access to forward head and shower


  – Stainless steel under mount sink.
  – Shower stall with seat and locker outboard.
  – Hot and cold pressure water
  – Electric shower sump pump.
  – Storage lockers.
  – Solid surface vanity top with bull nose.
  – Towel bars
  – Soap dispenser
  – Cherry wood trimmed mirror over sink.
  – Ventilation blower.


  – Solid surface galley counter top.
  – Stainless steel under mount sink with cover and pull-out faucet
  – Stainless steel under mount prep sink with cover.
  – Soap dispenser
  – Isotherm stainless steel stand-up refrigeration/freezer
  – Two burner electric cook top.
  – Convection microwave with stainless steel face
  – Drawers and storage lockers below counter.
  – Built-in waste basket. Recycle bin below steps.


  – L settee to starboard, 5 foam cushions, with storage and Sabretool drawer under.
  – High Gloss finished table with hi-low pedestal and angled slidemechanism. Lowers to coffee table height.
  – Entertainment unit to port including:

- flat screen LCD TV 32 on lift with DVD player

  – Sound deadening, soft headliner panels.
  – Raised mates L-shaped settee to port of helm chair
  – Stainless steel bi-fold door to cockpit
  –  Electric salon sunroof with sunscreen
  – Electrically operated window aft of L-settee
  – Swing door at helm to starboard side deck
  – Deep chart table forward of L-settee


  –  Accessable via elecronic slide out settee in main salon, port side
  –  Crew quarters with head in lieu of standard utility room below main salon.


  – Varnished cherry interior finish.
  – Screens on all opening ports.
  –  Accord Shades on all opening ports.
  – Ocean Air screen/blinds on deck hatches.
  – Ocean Air pleated blinds on side windows and side door
  – Drapes on aft curved windows
  –  Ultraleather upholstery main salon.
  – Dovetailed, varnished maple drawer boxes

Fresh Water System

  – Water capacity 160 gals.
  – Stainless steel, 20 gal. water heater, operates on 110-VAC orengine heat.
  – Temperature control valve on hot water supply.
  – Hot and cold water pressure system 12V.
  –  Single Seagull water purifier on galley cold water.
  – Fresh water spigot in engine room.
  –  Hot and cold transom/cockpit shower .
  –  Fresh water wash down in anchor locker.
  –  Salt water washdown system fore and aft.

Waste Disposal

  – Polyethylene holding tank with 70 gallon capacity.
  – Jabsco Quiet Flush fresh water MSD in guest head
  – Tecma Eco MSD in master head
  – Diaphragm waste pump on holding tank.


  –  Triple Kahlenberg chrome trumpet horn with Kahlenberg horn controller M-485A.
  –  Searchlight dual beam mounted on hardtop mast.
  – Fire extinguishers, (5) at 2 1/2 lbs.
  – Marelon sea valves on all thru-hull fittings below waterline.
  – Bonding system to safeguard against galvanic corrosion.
  – Automatic fire extinguishing discharge system in engine spacewith override.
  – (3) Automatic 12V electric bilge pumps.
  – (3) high water switches and alarm.
  – Life Jackets (8) / Throwable / Flares / Airhorn
  – Dock Lines (4) / Fenders (4)
  – 44 LB Stainless Steel Anchor w/100 X 3/8 Chain / 200 Rode

Nav and Electronics

  – (2) Garmin 7215 GPS / Chartplotters (Touchscreen)
  – Garmin 48 HD Open Array Radar
  – Garmin Depth Sounder
  – Garmin VHF 200
  – AIS 600 Class B w/GPS


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.

Additional Info

External Links
Virtual Tour
February, 2012 Power and Motoryacht Magazine Sabre 48 Express review
Sea Trial - Sabre 48 Salon Express - Sea, February 2012
The Thrill is Back- Yachting, Sept 2011