I love OTTER... I'm not a bluewater guy, yet, so OTTER serves me VERY well on Ches Bay. I'll leave the seaworthy
discussion to others more informed... But she is my fourth boat, and best yet. She sails
closehauled very well, and IMO isn't tender
. I have the 5'3" draft
. Fin keel
, tracks very well...also Maxprop. I just retired from Coast Guard and have been spending a lot of wonderful time in OTTER. I'm biased, but OTTER is a great boat to learn on. I also believe Sabre would be easier to re sell in a casual cruiser market.