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2014 Sabre 48 Salon Express

Wickford, Rhode Island


Owner says sell. Custom built for this knowledgeable owner with most Sabre options and many one-of-a-kind features. Freshly detailed. No disappointments. Cleanest engine room ever. This boat will not last.  

The Sabre 48 Salon Express was created and is equipped with the latest in technology. Her hull, deck and small composite parts are all built using Sabre Yacht’s VIP resin infusion process. This method of molding fiberglass parts is cleaner and greener: emissions of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are dramatically reduced making our work environment better for our associates and the air in which we live and boat, cleaner. The infused composite parts are stronger, provide better durability and vessel integrity and yet they are lighter which lowers fuel costs. Her pod drive train is the latest in technology. Pods offer quieter operation, better fuel economy than straight shafts and an unequalled ease of handling around the docks. She can cruise at speeds up to 30 knots while sound levels at cruise aboard the Sabre 48 Salon Express are an incredible low 74 Dba. Even at her wide open throttle speed, sound levels do not exceed 75Dba.

By raising the cockpit and all of it’s comfortable seating to within one short step of the main salon’s cabin sole, the Sabre Design Team has created a unique environment, joining these two popular social spaces. A entry door to port and an electrically operated window to starboard completely open the aft end of the salon so that your crew and guests can enjoy the fresh air. The salon offers a comfortable L-settee to starboard. Cushions are deep and luxurious. An elegant, hi-lo, folding table is inlaid with a maple insignia. To port is another settee which slides inboard so that more guests can gather at the table. This mechanism also provides access to the utility room below the main salon sole. At the forward end of the salon is a raised L-settee, so that the entire crew can have the same sight lines as the helmsman. There is also a large screen LCD television on an electric lift, and a chart table with ample volume for charts and loose gear.

Her elegant helm pod is covered in Ultraleather and has space enough for two large chart plotter screens and the engine displays. There is room remaining for other instrument needs such as a night vision camera, spot light controls and VHF radio. Sightlines from this helm are very clear and exceed industry guidelines. A side deck door offers the helmsman instant access to the side deck to assist with docking, and the open door allows fresh air to flow through the salon when underway. Stidd helm chairs complete this study in ergonomics.

A world of luxury and comfort await in this beautifully styled master cabin. Hull port lights, overhead hatches and opening portlights shimmer light through this space and translucent Shoji screens turn natural light to a subtle glow. The master berth is an island queen with an athwartships orientation allowing flat cabin sole on all sides. Elegant inlays in the head board and in the side tables add touches of elegance to the hand crafted furniture. Shoji screen doors enclose the cabin and master head. There is readily accessible storage below the berth and in the many drawers and lockers built into the aft bulkhead. For an overnight or for an extended cruise, the Sabre 48 has the storage that serious boaters appreciate.

The en-suite head with large shower stall has a ceramic tile sole. On the outer walls of the shower stall, glass tile, which adds a contemporary touch to this space, is available in a wide selection of colors. An elegant vessel sink is built into a finely crafted cherry cabinet.

Your guests will stay in the lap of luxury here in their private guest stateroom with an en-suite head and shower. A comfortable queen sized island berth has steps to both sides to make egress easy and offers bulk storage and large drawers below the berth top. There is an incredible amount of storage in this cabin with lockers above the shelves on both sides, a large cedar lined hanging locker to starboard and another locker with enclosed drawers and shelves to port. For ventilation there are two hatches overhead, each with built-in blind and screen.

The private guest head has a ceramic tile sole and a full enclosure will keep the head dry when using the shower. A fresh water flush MSD is standard.

A fully fitted galley is close to the main salon where the crew in the galley and salon can remain in close contact. This bright and airy space has an abundance of natural light from overhead, with opening portlights and a large fixed port light in the hull side above the counter. The galley is equipped with a convection microwave, electric cook top with vent fan and a stand up stainless steel fridge-freezer. Elegantly sculpted Solid Surface Material is used for the galley counter surface and both a stainless steel prep and deep bowl sink are standard. Many drawers and lockers offer space for all of your galley-ware and stores. Ventilation is provided by two large opening ports and an overhead hatch. All overhead lighting is energy efficient, cool LED type.

Galley cabinetry details include beveled glass doors in the wine glass cabinet pictured here. All of the many drawer boxes aboard the 48 Salon Express are crafted of maple wood and have dovetailed joints. The interior of each drawer is varnished.

Below the main cabin sole is a utility space, made available by moving the engines and drives aft in the hull. The space is accessed by a stair outboard of the port main salon settee. A linear drive is electrically operated and moves the settee away to expose the stairs. At the base of the stairs headroom is 5’10” and as one moves to the centerline it steps down to 5’0”. As standard, this space is open storage with a work bench at the base of the steps, however, it is ideal for installation of custom personal options such as a full size washer-drier, an additional freezer for long range cruising or simply for bulk galley storage.

The Sabre 48 Salon Express is powered with twin 8 liter diesel engines coupled to azipods. All engine and gen set service and maintenance points are readily accessible. This innovative drive train eliminates shafts and rudders and in their place is a vertically oriented drive unit. Orienting the counter rotating propellers in the same axis as the boat’s hull offers a large gain in efficiency and a corresponding reduction in fuel consumption. Gains are also made in noise levels as exhaust gasses are expelled through the propeller hubs. At idle exhaust gasses are released through by-passes. The drive system also includes an autopilot and the innovative station hold feature which allows the yacht to hold position while waiting for a bridge or fuel dock. Within the engine room space are the gen set, all air conditioning compressors and the main 12 VDC electrical distribution panel.

The deck of the Sabre 48 is a study in ergonomics with security and comfort at the forefront of each design decision. Her swim platform is extra deep to accommodate the “annex” that serious cruisers will want to take along. A factory option hydraulic dinghy lift mounts below the standard platform. Two easy steps up to the elevated cockpit and just one short step into the main salon makes movement around the deck sure and steady. Her comfortable cockpit is the place where friends and neighbors will want to gather on the L-settee and aft facing seat. A beautiful, oval shaped table is standard and when folded the table’s frame offers a secure hand rail. Engine room access is through a large hatch in the cockpit sole. On the wide walkways of the side decks, Sabre’s antiskid surface offers good footing and large diameter hand rails are always within reach. Moving forward to the foredeck for anchoring and mooring maneuvers, the elegant teak toe rail offers additional security and the perimeter rail is extra high. Once at the bow, the flat deck with handy anchor windlass and mooring cleats are both easy to reach and easy to use. Large deck lockers here accommodate the yachts fenders and dock lines. 


This listing is courtesy of the BoatWizard MLS and may be centrally listed with another broker. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey representation of a particular vessel.

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: Family Ties
Make: Sabre
Model: 48 Salon Express
Year: 2014
Condition: Used
Category: Power
Designer: Sabre Design Team
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: HWS48038G314
Has Hull ID: Yes


Length: 48 ft / 14.63 m
Length Overall: 52'3 ft / 15.93 m
Waterline Length: 47'6 ft / 14.48 m
Beam: 15'4 ft / 4.67 m
Max Draft: 3'9 ft / 1.14 m
Bridge Clearance: 14'2 ft / 4.32 m
Cabin Headroom: 6'6 ft / 1.98 m
Dry Weight: 34,700 lb
Deadrise: 14 °
Single Berths: 6

Engines / Speed

Engines: 2
Engine #1 Specs:
  • Make: Cummins
  • Model: QSC 8.3
  • Drive Type: Pod
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 550hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Engine Hours: 910
Engine #2 Specs:
  • Make: Cummins
  • Model: QSC 8.3
  • Drive Type: Pod
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 550hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Engine Hours: 910
Total Engine Power: 1,100hp


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 500 gal
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 160 gal
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 70 gal

Manufacturer Provided Description

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 48's traditional exterior profile belies the contemporary performances of her vee-hull. She cruises at 27 knots and at wide open throttle she'll 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.


Modern planning V-Hull
VIP Resin infused laminate
SAN Corecell foam coring
Knitted bi-axial structural reinforcements
Foam/Plywood stringer system
Swim platform with under mounted ladder
PVC rub rail with stainless steel cap
LP painted boot strip
Gold cove stripe


VIP resin infused laminate
Molded in anti-skid surfaces
Anodized Aluminum framed windows
Helm deck door to starboard side deck
Large diameter stainless steel perimeter rails
Herreshoff  bow and spring cleats
Horn style aft mooring cleats
Low profile stainless steel opening hatches with shades and screens
Low profile pilot hatches in hard top
Stainless steel anchor roller
L-shaped cockpit seating with folding, high gloss table


Cummins QSC 8.3 550hp engines with pod drives
Cummins electronic controls and Smartcraft display
Joy stick for low speed maneuvering
Triple windshield wipers with washers
11.5Kw Onan gen set in sound shield
Reverse cycle heat and air conditioning
Zeus automatic trim tab system
Anchor windlass with rope/chain gipsy


50 Amp shore power cord with cord reel
Galvanic isolator
Illuminated circuit breaker panel at galley steps
120v outlets throughout interior and in engine room
Galley and head receptacles are GFI protected
(2) Group 31 AGM Dedicated engine start batteries
(3) Group 4D AGM house batteries
LED overhead and reading lights
60 Amp 3-bank battery charger
Tinned wire used throughout


Polyethylene 160usg. water tank
20usg stainless steel hot water tank
Stainless sink in galley
Vessel sink in head
Fresh water flush MSD w/holding tank and macerator
Shower stall in head with tempered glass door
Solid surface material and galley and head countertops
Marelon sea valves on all below waterline fittings
(3) bilge pumps with high water alarms


Stidd 500N series helm seat and Stazo wood steering wheel
Ultraleather wrap on helm/ navigation pod
Port side settee slides to expose utility space below
Optional crew quarters below main salon deck
L-settee to starboard with elegant high gloss inlaid table
Mates lounge forward with chart locker
32” LED Television on lift
Stainless steel aft bulkhead with bi-fold door
Electrically operated drop down window to starboard
Curved safety glass windows in aft corners


Solid surface countertop
Stainless steel sink and faucet
Convection microwave oven
Ceramic two burner cook top
Stainless steel fridge with freezer compartment
Storage in galley lockers
Fixed deadlight in hull over galley counter
Opening stainless steel portlight over galley


Master stateroom amidships with queen size island berth

Guest cabin forward with queen sized island berth

Master head with glass vessel sink, ceramic tile sole
Deadlight in hull side over master berth headboard
Master shower stall with glass divider and glass tile decor
Abundant hanging and drawer storage throughout
Shoji style passageway doors to master and master head
LED televisions
Guest/day head with circular shower enclosure
Large overhead hatches and opening portlights
Reverse cycle heat and air conditioning


Hull Color-Wasabi Green

Boot Top Color-Sport Yacht White

Cove Stripe Color-Gold

Deck Color-Sport Yacht White

Anti Skid Color-Back Cove Gray

Swim Platform Color-Sport Yacht White

Anti Skid Color For Swim Platform-Back Cove Gray

Interior Wood-Cherry

FRP molded mast, separate radar platform, & satellite pad

Teak decking in aft cockpit including steps

(3) additional 12 volt DC outlets

Beam central vac system

Accord shades on all opening ports

Ultraleather upholstery main salon

Reverso oil change system

Freedom Lift dinghy lift

Kahlenberg triple chrome horns

Kahlenberg horn controller

Hot and cold transom shower

Shore water inlet

Splendide washer & dryer side-by-side in utility room w/2 drawers under

Fresh water washdown forward

Fresh water washdown aft

Salt water washdown forward

Install (2) white Hella turbo fans in utility room

Install (2) black Hella fans at helm

Add (2) 120V AC outlets in utility room

120VAC outlet inside chart table

Install (2) red courtesy lights with dimmer switch 

Add an additional 4D battery to house bank

75' Glendinning shore power cable

MasterVolt 12/2500 Mass Combi inverter/charger

Add dual Racors on each engine with vacuum gauge

Racor filter on generator with water alarm

Add hydraulic lift to the engine room hatch

Overhead cherry handrail in salon

Stidd 500N power up/down & fore/aft seat

Add second Stidd 500N (mate)

Piping on Stidd seats

Custom utility room bench

Crew mattress in utility room

And many other custom options


(2) Garmin 7215 Displays

(4) Engine Room Cameras

Back Up Camera

Sirius Weather

ICOM GHS10 VHF Radio with AIS

ACR Remote Spotlight

Garmin GMI10 Speed/Depth/Water Temp/Wind Speed

Water Maker

Custom Color Matched Cockpit Canvas

Canvas Windshield Cover and Aft Seat Covers

Satellite TV

(2) Blue Underwater Lights

White & Blue LED Cockpit Spreader Lights

2014 AB 11.5 Inflatable with 20hp Yamaha Outboard and Custom Canvas Cover

Fusion Stereo with 6 Speakers

Cockpit Grill


Custom Tinted Salon Windows

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.

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