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1998 Sabre 402

Groton, United States


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 World’s ‘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.     

Basic Boat Info

Price: $174,900
Make: Sabre
Model: 402
Year: 1998
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Fiberglass
Keel Type: Winged Keel


Length: 40 ft
Length Overall: 40'2 ft
Waterline Length: 34 ft
Beam: 13'3 ft
Min Draft: 4'11 ft
Displacement: 18,500 lb
Cabin Headroom: 6'6 ft
Ballast: 7,500 lb
Cabins Count: 2

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Westerbeke
  • Model: 55A
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 55hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze, Feathering
  • Year: 1998
  • Engine Hours: 1166
  • Engine Location: Center


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 50 gal
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 110 gal


Heads Count: 1
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Cruisers, Racers and Cruisers


Jonathan Smith CPYB
Prestige Yacht Sales


Prestige Yacht Sales - Mystic Location
2 Washington Street
Mystic, Connecticut, US, 06355
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.

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 maximum comfort and security at sea. Unlike many other 40 footers where "picnic" tables have become the most important feature of the cockpit, the crew of the Sabre 402 can always find a place to brace their feet on the face of the seat on the low side. The cockpit shapes required to house these tables typically rob the boat's interior of much-needed aft cabin volume. The bridge deck at the forward end of the cockpit serves several purposes: it prevents flooding of the interior (in the event that a wave should board the yacht), it provides a well-sheltered seat when used with a dodger if the weather is poor, and it allows standing headroom in the passageway from the head to the aft cabin.



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.

   •     Pre-wired with radio cable.



   •     Aluminum, white Awlgrip finish

   •     Internal clew outhaul led aft

   •     External topping lift

   •     Two sets of internal jiffy reefing led aft

Electrical System

   •     Four 12-volt deep cycle marine batteries

   •     Sealed battery switch

   •     110 V shore power system with GFI protection in galley and head

   •     Master AC-DC panels, located in the navigation area, include AC-DC volt and ammeters, marine circuit breakers, and polarity indicator,

   •     All wiring is color coded and tinned and meets USCG standards.

   •     Cabin courtesy lights

Deck Hardware

   •     Inboard and outboard genoa tracks are 1 1/4“x 3/16” x 12' aluminum T-track.

   •     Inboard tracks are recessed into the deck tooling

   •     Chrome cowl vents

   •     Stainless handrail around companionway entry

   •     Outboard tracks supplied with end stops and Lewmar lead blocks

   •     Inboard tacks supplied with end stops and two Lewmar twin sheet lead blocks

   •     Five part main sheet with Lewmar Ocean Racing blocks led to Harken ball bearing cabin top traveler, and aft to a Lewmar #44 CST two-speed winch

   •     Custom cast mast collar with provision for halyard and turning block attachments.

   •     Two 10" 4-bolt cleats forward mid deck and aft

   •     Self-draining foredeck anchor locker with drain and stainless pad eye to secure end of anchor rode

   •     Two recessed deck scuppers

   •     Custom cast mid-rail chock fitted into each toe rail

   •     Pulpit, stern rail, and stanchions custom fabricated stainless steel, thru-bolted with backing plates

   •     Double lifelines of vinyl coated stainless steel cable with port and starboard boarding gates with braced stanchions

   •     All lifeline terminals and turnbuckles are swaged stainless steel

   •     Solid teak handrails and toerails

   •     1 3/4” high solid teak toe rails

   •     Bow rail designed for ease of ground tackle handling

   •     Custom cast anchor roller

   •     Halyards, reefs, outhaul and boom vang, led aft.

   •     All winches Lewmar Ocean Series

   •     Main sheet led to Lewmar #44 CST two-speed

   •     Main halyard led to Lewmar #44 CST two-speed

   •     Genoa halyard led to Lewmar #44 CST two-speed

   •     Reefing - two lines led through a double stopper to Lewmar #44 CST two speed winch, mounted on aft cabin top

   •     Primaries - two Lewmar #54 CST self-tailing winches

   •     Two 10" chrome winch handles, one 10" chrome lock-in.

   •     Stem Head - Custom cast anchor roller with integral chocks.


   •    Stainless steel double galley sink

   •     6' 6" headroom in main and aft areas, with 6' 4" headroom in forward sections

   •     Forward cabin has a 6' 10" island berth

   •     Main cabin has two 6' 5" settee berths, port berth converts to double

   •     Aft-cabin with 6' 10" full width double berth

   •     Storage in aft-cabin settee.

   •     Ample drawers in both fore and aft cabins

   •     Flat panel doors throughout

   •     Contemporary curved head bookrack in aft-cabin

   •     Large cedar lined hanging lockers in forward and aft cabins

   •     Optimized area for instrument installation, storage locker space and panel arrangement at the chart table

   •     Main cabin berth backs with cabinets port and starboard

   •     Aft head with separate stall shower

   •     Forward cabin equipped with vanity sink, mirror, storage lockers, and upholstered seat

   •     All berths provided with thick foam cushions covered with a durable fabric, zippered for ease of removal and cleaning

   •     Raritan PHII head

   •     Lights in hanging lockers. Ventilation and Light - 8 Lewmar polished Ocean Series deck hatches with wooden screens

   •     4 main cabin recessed fixed port lights of Marguard Lexan

   •     2 chrome dorade vents

   •     8 Stainless Steel and 2 polished aluminum opening ports with screens

   •     Acrylic sliding companionway hatch with fiberglass spray hood and solid teak hatch boards

   •     Screened hatch boards


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 Contact Information

Please call or text Jonathan Smith, CPYB, at 860-514-3763 or email 

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