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Old 08-08-2013, 11:16   #1
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Prop location normal for '83 Sabre 34?

Looking at sailboats on eBay, I noticed this nice looking Sabre 34 so I clicked on it to see some pictures. The picture of the bottom shows the prop mounted off to the side with the prop shaft at an angle to the centerline of the sailboat.

Is this mounting configuration normal?
How does this affect steerage under power going forward and reverse?
How does this affect steerage under sail?

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Old 08-08-2013, 16:34   #2
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When I was shopping for a boat I sea trialed a Sabre 34. After the haul I asked about this and the surveyor said the intent was to offset prop walk.

FWIW the boat looks like a good deal IF she does not have the problems some Sabre 34's can have. Mast step decay, bulkhead tabbing that separates or blistering. Since this boat has had a barrier coat done, in theory the blistering should not be an issue.

The boat I looked at in FLA was a blister baby, had tabbing issues and when the engine was run, blew enough white smoke to be used for mosquito control!
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