Sabre 34 does come with a rear head
in the Targa model (which I have).
Here are a few reasons why I picked the Sabre over the Tartan:
1) Individual chainplates for forwards, aft and cap shrouds vs Tartan's one chainplate.
2) The Sabre is a stick built boat with all furniture tabbed to the hull vs Tartan's partial fiberglass
pan in the 34. The Sabre's Targa does have a partial pan too, but everything is still tabbed except the floor which is glued. (this is what I have).
3) The traveler and mainsheet above the companionway
vs in the middle of the cockpit
. This makes it a more comfortable cockpit
along with easier fitting of a bimini
. Unfortunately, this also means midboom sheeting and the stress this makes to the rig.
4) I have a wing keel
, and at the time, all I could find was a fin keeled Tartan.
5) Larger tanks
on the Sabre
6) I have the aft berth version and it isn't something you can get on the Tartan... I like closing this door and hiding all my junk (it's my garage)
7) Side-by-side sinks in the galley
vs the single sink in the Tartan
8) More storage
above the settees
9) Very strong bow roller. Tartan's didn't seem up to the anchor
I wanted to use.
10) Higher gunnel in the aft part of the cockpit.
11) Cast mast
collar for block attachments vs stand-up blocks being needed on the Tartan.
Things I really liked on the Tartan:
1) Angled interior of the MKII is very neat looking and opens everything up.
2) S&S designed boat... need I say more?
3) Yanmar engine
vs the Westerbeke
I have in my Sabre
4) Baby stay ( + or -?) I'm not sure. Can't hang a sail on it, but it does seem like great support for the rig.
5) Great protection and support of the cockpit seats in the front of the cockpit
6) Anchor locker
opening in the vberth
access is awesome on the Tartan
As you can see, I really don't have much to say bad about the Tartan. Truth be told, I purchased the Sabre based on location. Had a Tartan been closer, I may have picked that.... nay, I would have still picked the Sabre
Take a look at the J34C too. Galley
is small, but should be a great sail.