The Sabre 27 Sailboat

The Sabre 27, a masthead sloop, was designed by Alan Hill and built in the UK by Marine Construction Ltd.

A Sabre 27 sailboat in Plymouth Sound, UKThe skipper of this Sabre 27 has long-distance plans - check the windvane self-steering gear on the stern...

Published Specification for the Sabre 27

Underwater Configuration:  Fin keel and skeg-hung rudder

Hull Material: GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall: 27' 0" / 8.2m

Waterline Length: 22' 2" / 6.8m

Beam: 9' 0" / 2.7m

Draft: 4' 6" / 1.4m

Rig Type: Masthead Sloop

Displacement: 6,800lb / 3,084kg

Designer: Alan Hill

Builder: Marine Construction Ltd (UK)

Year First Built: 1969

Year Last Built: 1979

Number Built: 400

Owners Association: Sabre 27 Owners' Association

Published Design Ratios for the Sabre 27

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 14.3

  • Less than 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 45.6

  • Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
  • Over 40: stiffer, more powerful

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 279

  • Under 100: Ultralight
  • 100 to 200: Light
  • 200 to 275: Moderate
  • 275 to 350: Heavy
  • Over 350: Ultraheavy

4. Comfort Ratio: 23.8

  • Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
  • 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
  • 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
  • 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
  • Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.9

  • Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
  • Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Sabre 27

A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of just 14.3 suggests that she'll need a stiff breeze to get her going. In any other conditions, unless you've got plenty of time on your hands, motor-sailing will be the way to go.

A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 45.6 means that she'll stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves.

A Displacement/Length Ratio of 279, tells us she's clearly a heavy displacement cruising boat. You can load her down with all your cruising gear and equipment and it will hardly affect her waterline. Not an ideal choice for coastal sailing, but will come into her own on an offshore passage in testing conditions.

Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 23.8 suggests that crew comfort in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser, which is not encouraging news for anyone prone to seasickness. 

Her Capsize Screening Formula of 1.9 tells us that she would be a better choice of sailboat for ocean passage-making than one with a CS rating of more than 2.0. 

Sailboats built by Marine Construction Ltd include:

  • Claymore 30
  • Cutlass 27
  • Marcon Striker 22
  • Moody Cavalier 36
  • Moody Halberdier 36
  • Nicholson 39
  • Parker Javelin 30
  • Rival 31
  • Rival 32
  • Rival 34
  • Rival 38
  • Rival 41
  • Rival 41 Cc
  • Sabre 27
  • Tomahawk 25
  • Trident 24

Sailboats designed by Alan Hill include:

  • Biscay 36
  • Claymore 30
  • Coaster 33
  • Cutlass 27
  • Duellist 32
  • Marcon Striker 22
  • Moody Cavalier 36
  • Moody Halberdier 36
  • Passagemaker 33
  • Sabre 27
  • Tomahawk 25
  • Trident 24
  • Vivacity 21
  • Vivacity 24

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