47' Sabre 1997



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47' Sabre 1997 SERENDIPITY


$20,000 price reduction owner says SELL before I have to put her away for the season!


The Sabre/Sabreline 47 is a contemporary upgrade of a tried and true pragmatic 2 stateroom trawler but offer more speed, lower maintenance costs and a cornucopia of of other contemporary styling and convenience upgrades.  This Sabre 47 in particular is a fortunate example of the model, while under her current owner she has been re-finished from the waterline to the rail with Alexseal Flag Blue, given an entire new suite of electronics equipment and many other upgrades all in 2017.  Please read the full specs for details.





Sabreline 47

Cruise Speed:

15 KTS

Max Speed:

19 KTS

Range NMI:



15' "

Engine Details:

Caterpillar 3208TA

Engine 1:

1997 435.00 HP

Engine 2:

1997 435.00 HP

Engine Fuel:

Inboard Diesel

Fuel Capacity:

600 GAL

Water Capacity:

300 GAL


The Sabre 47 provides accommodations for up to 6 in a 2 stateroom galley down configuration, the aft or Master having the preferred island queen.  The interior is beautifully finished with a full satin varnished cherry interior with varnished teak and holly soles.  The Salon sole was refinished in 2016.  There is an abundance of natural light and ventilation with 15! stainless steel opening ports & 3 hatches all with screens in the trunk cabins and then a Salon space surrounded with windows 4 of which are sliders with screens.  When natural ventilation is not enough extensive reverse cycle (heats & cools)  air conditioning manages interior climate control through a wide range of outside temps.  Equally well thought out is interior 12 volt lighting with swivel style reading lamps at all berths and settees and extensive overhead dome style lighting.  Headroom throughout is 6'-8".


Starting forward is the Guest Stateroom with the preferred V-berth arrangement.  With the filler in the berth is so large that a couple could sleep athwartships if so desired!  Above the berth the hull is lined with varnished trim and then under deck lockers while below are drawers P&S.  On centerline, below the berth is a cabinet housing a combination washer/dryer unit and aft and to P&S are hanging lockers.  

Aft and to starboard is the Guest Head featuring a VacuFlush WC, separate stall shower with seat and vanity with Corian type counter top and porcelain sink.

Opposite to port is the U-Shaped Galley equipped with U-Line 110 Volt below counter refrigeration and freezer boxes (2), Princess 3 burner electric stove with oven, Sharp Carousel microwave.  A deep double basin sink is fitted in the Corian counter tops and there is extensive storage in several lockers and drawers.


Up 4 steps (with storage under some) to the Salon and Lower Helm featuring side doors P&S and an aft door to the flying bridge.  To starboard a a generous U-shaped settee measuring over 7'-4" in length with dining off a Hi/Lo Cherry table that drops down to berth height.  Upholstery is Hunter Green Ultra Suede.  Opposite is an entertainment center (the current owner prefers quiet cruising and reading and the original TV etc. has been removed), forward is a small "breakfast" bar area with room for two to sit with small chairs.  This space an also be used for charts. 

The Lower Helm is to starboard with storage and in ice maker (requires service) below a double width bench seat, the back of which folds down to provide serving space when dining.  All navionics, electrical panels and vessel controls are within easy reach.


Down 3 steps to the impressive full beam Master Stateroom featuring a 6'-6" X 56" island queen berth with cargo drawers under.  There is extensive additional storage outboard in lockers shelves and drawers.  Forward of the berth is a very large hanging locker to starboard and bureau on center line.  The Master Head is to port with separate stall shower with seat, vanity with porcelain sink and Vacuflush WC plumbed to the holding tank.  An aft companionway allows easy egress to the cockpit.

From the Salon it is just 2 steps up to the aft deck and through a door that allows one to reach the flying bridge without going out to the side decks.  There are wide side decks with low bulwarks and tall stainless steel safety rails with gates P&S providing easy & safe access fore and aft.  Plenty of room in the lazarettes and lockers P&S of the anchor platform to stow fenders, docklines and cleaning gear.  The cockpit provides easy access from the swim platform via the transom door.

Up top the Flying Bridge features Pompanette swivel helm and companion chairs P&S and aft and to starboard is an L-settee with storage under and pedestal table.

  • Bendix combination washer/dryer
  • Panasonic AM/FM/CD stereo 
  • Nutone Central Vacuum system
  • Courtesy lightis
  • LED recessed lighting in Salon 2016

Equipped for coastal and near coastal cruising, this Sabre 47 had all new electronics installed in the spring of 2017 including the autopilot system from the controls all the way to the steering ram!

Lower Helm

  • Furuno 15" color GPS/doppler Radar
  • Furuno AIS
  • Furuno Satelite weather receiver (displays on plotter) 
  • Furuno Autopilot including all wiring and controls etc. all the way to the rudder
  • Furuno Multi display (speed/depth/trim tab angle)
  • Guest searchlight control
  • Icom remote command mic.
  • 6" Ritchie magnetic compass in binnacle
  • Bennett Trim Tabs
  • Horn
  • 3 Windshield wipers with wash down system
  • Anchor windlass controls

Upper Helm

  • Furuno 10" color plotter/doppler radar
  • Furuno AS
  • Furuno satellite weather
  • Furuno Autopilot
  • (2) Furuno multi displays (speed, depth, trim tab angle)
  • 6" Ritchie Compass
  • Guest Searchlight Control
  • Horn
  • Bennett Trim Tabs
  • Windlass controls


Wired for both 12 volt DC and 110 Volt AC service.  For ease of handling shore power cords SERENDIPITY is equipped with a Glendenning Cable Master.  When off the dock a Westerbeke 10kw generator handles any heavy load requirements with a Heart Freedom 2500 watt inverter manages light loads.

12 Volt DC

  • Distribution panel with breakers
  • Volt & Amp meters
  • 2 110 amp alternators
  • 2 8D AGM House/Inverter Batteries
  • 2 8D AGM Engine Start Batteries
  • 1 Group 31 generator start battery

110 Volt AC

  • Distribution panel with breakers
  • Volt & Amp meters
  • 50 amp shore power inlet aft
  • Outlets
  • 20 gallon water heater (also engine supplied)
  • Heart Freedom 2500 Watt inverter/70 amp charger
  • Glendenning Cable Master for shore power cord, new 50 amp 75' cord 2017


Twin fresh water cooled Caterpillar 3208TA 435 hp diesels turn 26X22" Nibral  propellers on 2" stainless steel shafts through ZF 2.1:1 reduction gears.  The engines show 2335 hours as of date of listings and have had the full 2000 servicing done.

The current owner tends to cruise at 10 - 12 knots but at 2400 RPM the yacht has a 15-16 knot cruise with wide open throttle producing speeds in excess of 19 knots.

  • Hynautic dual lever push/pull cable engine controls
  • Teleflex hydraulic steering 
  • 12 volt engine room lighting
  • Spur Cutters on shafts 2017
  • Props removed and tuned/balanced 2017
  • VDO gauges
  • Racor fuel filters with vacuum gauges
  • Reverso oil change kit for engines and gears
  • 3 Marine Air reverse cycle air conditioning units (16,12 & 8K BTUS)
  • Tank watch tank tender for both holding tanks
  • Heart Tank Tender for fuel and water tanks
  • New aftercoolers at 2000 hours
  • 3 electric bilge pumps
  • 2 macerator pumps

Fiberglass hull and deck, partially cored with end grain balsa coring.  The hull was refinished with Alexseal Flag Blue 2 part linear polyurethane finish with a custom boot-stripe in 2016. ( Alexseal is a very highly regarded fiberglass finish not as widely known as Awlgrip but has better gloss and color retention).  In approximately 2013/14 the house and decks were refinished in Awlgrip with the side decks with Griptex in non-skid areas.  Exterior woodwork is kept to an attractive teak cap rail, brow on the house and some other more minor pieces, enough to  show she is in fact a yacht while keping the maintenance budget in check.

  • Simpson Lawrence vertical anchor windlass with chain & rope drums
  • 45 lb CQR with approximately 150' of chain
  • 45 lb Delta "fast Set" with 20' chain and app 100' rode
  • Fresh water wash down
  • H&C cockpit shower
  • Transom door
  • Fiberglass swim platform with swim ladder
  • Aluminum mast with winch for dinghy hoist
  • Full bimini and enclosure
  • Courtesy lights
  • 8 Type II life jackets
  • Flare Kit
  • 4 fire extinguishers
  • 5 fenders with covers and 6 braided docklines


SERENDIPITY is one of the popular Sabre (originally referred to as Sabreline) 47s which has been extensively upgraded under current ownership with fresh Alexseal hull finish, Algrip finish on the house and new bimini, all new electronics and many other items.  She is for sale only as her owner wishes to down size.

  • North Atlantic 9' Rib 2016 with outboard may be acquired separately
  • Faux wicker furniture on aft house top not included but may be acquired separately

This listing is presented to you courtesy of a member of the International Yacht Brokers Association 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 direct representation of a particular vessel.

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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