Windaway | Sabre 38' 1986

Annapolis, MD

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Bernie Jakits & Kate Christensen

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Basic Info

Yacht Name: Windaway
Builder: Sabre
Model: MKI Sloop
Year: 1986
Location: Annapolis, MD
Hull Material: Fiberglass
Boat Name
Keel: Centerboard
LOA: 37 ft 10 in
Beam: 11 ft 6 in
LWL: 31 ft 2 in
Minimum Draft: 4 ft 3 in
Maximum Draft: 8 ft 0 in
Displacement: 15600 lbs
Ballast: 6800 lbs
Bridge Clearance: 57 ft 0 in
Headroom: 6 ft 3 in
Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Westerbeke
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 4500
Engine Power: 33 HP


Data & Info:

  • Hull No. HWS380871586
  • Year: 1986
  • Keel Type: Keel/ Centerboard
  • Beam   11' 6"
  • Draft   4' 3"/8' 0"
  • Displacement   15,600 lbs.
  • Ballast   6,800 lbs.
  • Sail Area   688 sq. ft.
  • Cockpit Length   8' 0"
  • Headroom   6' 3"
  • Fresh Water Capacity 95 Gallons
  • Westerbeke 33 Hp Diesle engine
  • Balmar Alternator with Balmar AS 4 Regulator.
  • Diesel Fuel Capacity 30 Gallons
  • Racor fuel filter and water separator
  • Holding Tank: 30 Gallon capacity with overboard discharge capability with locking "Y" Valves for Off    Shore Cruising,.
  • Interlux 2000e hull Barrier coat (6 coats)


  • All Teak Interior
  • Main salon with two births, fold down table, full galley, chart table.
  • Propane stove with oven
  • Large Ice chest with Dometic 12 VDC refrigeration.    
  • Double Sink with pressurized fresh water system and emergency foot pump
  •  6 gallon water heater.
  • V Birth with filler and two sets of fitted sheets.
  • Quarter Birth.
  • Full Head with standing shower.
  • Two Hanging Lockers.
  • Four opening hatches with screens
  • Two solar powered vents
  • Full cockpit cushions

Sails and Canvas:

  • Fully Battened Main with new (2018) Sail Cover
  • Harken genoa furling system
  • 130% Genoa
  • 110% Genoa
  • Dodger, new 2017
  • Bimini with filler piece and clear vinyl side curtains


  • Batteries: Three Lifeline 27 size AGM batteries of 100 Amp hour capacity plus one backup AGM
  • Solar Panels:  One 80 Watt and one 40 watt With Morningstar Regulator.
  • Autohelm 4000 autopilot
  • Data Marine Wind, Depth, Speed Instruments
  • Standard Marine VHF Radio with Cockpit Microphone
  • Jensen AM/FM Radio with 10 stack CD Player
  • 700 watt Inverter
  • Xantrex sTruecharge 20 amp shore power battery charger

Ground Tackle, ETC:

  • Forward anchor locker
  • Maxwell VW 800 Anchor Windlass
  • 35 lb CQR Anchor With 50' Chain and 100' of 5/8" rode
  • 22 lb Danforth Anchor with 50' chain and 120' 1/2" rode


  • Dock lines and fenders
  • 6 life jackets
  • Horn, and Bell, signal flares
  • Radar Reflector
  • Bilge pump, electrical (with spare pump and float switch)
  • Bilge pump, Manual
  • Full size Sunbrella winter cover
  • Maptech Chart Kits for:   Norfolk VA to Florida, Intra Coastal Waterway, Jacksonville to Miami, Florida West Coast and the Keys, The Bahama,Explorer Chartbook for the Near Bahamas, Chesapeake and Delaware Bays


Bob Perry Design Review: Sabre 38

An elegant cruising-racing mix.

There has been a lot of cross-fertilization in yacht design over the past six years. Some of the harder lines of demarcation have turned to hazy gray and hybrid types have appeared that seem to combine the best of the different schools of yacht design.

In so doing, the designer always takes the risk of stepping on the toes of the purists, but in the case of the new Sabre 38, the end result is a healthy compromise yacht. Please do not read "compromise" as a negative qualifier. I'm not going to go so far as to say all yachts are compromises. Some are not. But careful; weighing of priorities and balancing of performance goals can give us versatile yachts that show no real areas of weakness. I think the Sabre 38 is a good example of this.

The hull form is contemporary and owes some of its general styling to the IOR tradition. The BWL is moderate, the bilges are quite slack and the midsection is tangent at centerline. The rudder is a semi balanced spade, hung below a small skeg.

The forefoot is knuckled and the sections forward are U-shaped and relatively flat on centerline. You have the choice of a deep fin keel or a shoal keel with centerboard. The plan view shows a hull with a very moderate distribution of beam and a shapely transom. The D/L ratio is 243. If you take for granted that the Sabre 38 will be a fast and weatherly coastal cruiser and IMS racer, you should also add to that picture the 38's ability as an offshore cruiser. Tankage may be a little short for long passages, but I wouldn't doubt the boat's ability to make it.

Going below, we see a thoroughly modern layout. The head is aft and is very spacious. Note the excellent engine access. The galley is tight for counter space and the refrigerator looks small, but you must balance these items against the benefits of the large aft cabin and roomy V-berth areas. Headroom is 6 feet, 4 inches in the main cabin.

I like the look of the Sabre's deck. Note that the corners have been faceted off almost everywhere. The whole picture is attractive with generously wide side decks and very trim house lines. The companionway is notched into the house aft with very precise sculpting. There is a recessed anchor well forward. There are five ventilation hatches on deck. Genoa tracks are located well inboard for close sheeting angles.

One of the most striking design features is the rig. The mast is quite far forward, reducing the J dimension. This puts the spar in an advantageous position in the accommodations and generally helps the sailing manners of the boat. The mast position should result in a forgiving helm and smaller jibs. The SA/D ratio is 16.73.

The Sabre group has given us a boat that combines racing performance with family cruising comfort. This is a formula that Sabre has been perfecting over the last few years.


Length: 38'
Beam: 11' 6
Draft: 4' 3
Power: 33hp
Engine Hours: Bernie & Kate