FIVE BEARS VIII Sabre 38 Salon Express 2013

Stuart, FL


38 ft
13.33 ft
Volvo Penta IPS F
600 hp
3.33 ft


This vessel was just surveyed, all minor deficiencies remedied, and she’s absolutely ready to go. Price just reduced and owner says sell now!

This beautiful Sabre 38 has had only two owners and the current owner has doted over her to a very high level. When she was purchased by the current owner in 2017, a number of significant upgrades were made and almost every year there have been improvements. She also has an impeccable history of service. Take these upgrades, strong service history along with one of Sabre’s most popular models and this becomes a boat that needs to be seen! She was Awlgripped Flag Blue in 2021 and just looks great!  Mechanical services are up-to-date, including servicing of aftercoolers and heat exchangers along with new turbos. This boat should not last long on the market!


  • Boat Name: Sabre 38 Salon Express 2013
  • Builder: Sabre Corporation
  • Designer: Sabre Design Team
  • Location: Stuart, FL
  • Displacement Measure: 21,500 lb
Engine 1
  • Brand: Volvo Penta IPS F
  • Engine Model: D4
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
  • Hours: 1049
  • Drive Type: Pod
  • Engine Power: 300|horsepower
Engine 2
  • Brand: Volvo Penta IPS F
  • Engine Model: D4
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
  • Hours: 1052
  • Drive Type: Pod
  • Engine Power: 300|horsepower
Engine 3
  • Engine Type: Other

Steering System
Joystick Control

Notable Features

  • Flag Blue Imron with Clear Coat (August 2021)
  • Sureshade (added in 2017)
  • Shakespeare 3019 TV antenna (added in 2017)
  • Underwater lights on transom (added in 2017)
  • Window tinting for pilothouse windows (added in 2017)
  • 50 amp shore cord with Glendinning Cable Master (added 2019) Nice upgrade over standard use of two 30 amp cords with no cord reel. 
  • Custom varnished pilothouse table which is smaller than standard table. Perfect for cocktails and allows people to move around settee easily. Standard table from Sabre is also included. 
  • Volvo IPS Joystick system with DPS(Digitial Positioning System)
  • Volvo active corrosion protection system “ACP”
  • One set spare propellers(two propellers)
  • Garmin GHP Reactor auto pilot with GHC20 control head(added in 2017)
  • Garmin GPSMAP 7215 15″ color multifunction display 
  • Garmin GMI 20 multifunction display
  • Garmin GMR24 HD radome
  • Garmin GHS10 VHF with separate speaker
  • Garmin GPS19X antenna
  • Sabre White gelcoat deck with Beige non-skid
  • Fixed hull side portlight allows nice light into lower lounge. Has shade for port light. 
  • Aluminum mast for hardtop in Sabre white
  • Fusion marine stereo iPod dock with 4 speakers and remote
  • Stamoid weather cover for stern seating
  • Mesh forward pilothouse window cover
  • Exterior window covers for pilothouse sides
  • 22″ LED television in lower lounge
  • Filler cushion & telescoping table base to create berth-main salon
  • Upgraded ultraleather upholstery in main salon (Buckskin)
  • Cockpit cushions are Sunbrella Maxim Heather Beige
  • Blinds and curtains for salon windows
  • Accord shades on all opening ports
  • Shade on optional fixed hull window
  • Reverso oil change system
  • Searchlight(ACR) mounted on optional hardtop mast
  • Kahlenberg dual chrome horns
  • GPS receiver NMEA backbone for auto glide trim system
  • Hot and cold transom shower
  • Shore water inlet
  • Single seagull water purifier on galley cold water plumbed to separate spigot
  • Upgraded cherry towel bars on both head doors, upper and lower

Manufacturer Provided Description

The Sabre 38 Salon Express represents the latest in design and naval architecture. Her exterior profile still says “downeast” and she is built in the tradition of Maine boat building: beautiful, strong, steady, reliable and very seaworthy. Yet below her skin, technology is everywhere: from her resin infused laminates, to state of the art systems, to her pod propulsion drive. Her hull lines are the latest thinking in vee-hulled motor yachts and are specifically designed for the installation of pods, allowing fuel economy, quiet running and a pleasant dry ride.

The pod drive train of the Sabre 38 offers excellent fuel economy, an important consideration in these days of uncertain diesel prices. Pods also lower noise by pushing out exhaust through the propeller stream and importantly allow confident boat handling when docking or maneuvering in tight spaces.

In her interior the Sabre 38 Salon Express provides an open design which will suit a day’s outing with friends as easily as a longer cruise. Her cockpit is raised to a level just 5 inches below the main salon so as to connect these two important social spaces, and the aft end of the house opens with drop down windows and a swing door.

In her main salon a large, U-shaped settee with fold over table will seat up to three couples, while the forward end of the settee can be oriented forward to provide a comfortable perch when underway. To starboard, aft of the Stidd helm seat, is a long cabinet housing an LED television on an electric lift and storage compartments for the owners gear.


  • “Vee” hull design with 24 degree deadrise amidships and 17 degrees at transom
  • VIP resin infused laminate with ISO NPG white gelcoat and blended vinylester back-up resin
  • Knitted blaxial structural e-glass reinforcements
  • SAN corecell in hull bottom and topsides
  • Foam/plywood cored fiberglass stringer system
  • Swim platform with under mounted telescoping ladder
  • Hull side rubbing strakes
  • PVC rub rail with stainless steel cap
  • Painted (IMRON) double boot stripe
  • Gold cove stripe


  • VIP resin infused, knitted biaxial structrual e-glass reinforcements with balsa coring
  • Molded in anti-skid deck surfaces
  • Windows recessed into hard top
  • Port and starboard transom gates
  • Aft seating slides to expand cockpit dimension
  • Stainless steel anchor bowsprit roller system
  • Anchor lockers (2) with slam latches
  • 1 large aft hinged lazzarette locker hatch with gas struts and (2) 3″ dia compression latches for engine room access
  • 1 1/4″ diameter type 316 stainless steel perimeter rail system
  • 6 12″ stainless steel cleats (2 fwd, 4 mid ship spring)
  • 1 10″ stainless steel cleat to starboard of windlass as anchor rode tie off
  • Windlass with combination rope/chain gypsy
  • Single anchor roller sized for 35# CQR or Delta
  • Flagpole holder and flag staff
  • Burgee staff on pulpit
  • Low profile polished hatches w/ screens (2) #44 on foredeck, (2) #10 port and starboard
  • Custom stainless steel opening ports
  • Teak cabin side eye-brow
  • Custom cast stainless steel “Sabre” medallion
  • Horn cleats in aft transom corners
  • Fiberglass toerails reduce maintenance

120VAC Electrical System

  • 50 amp Shore Power with Glendinning Cord Reel(installed 2019)
  • Kohler 6 kw generator in sound shield (841 hours 8/2022)
  • Galvanic failsafe isolator
  • Illuminated main circuit breaker distribution panel
  • 120V outlets in each cabin and 1 in engine room
  • All galley and head receptacles are GFI protected
  • Additional outlets positioned in locations as appropriate
  • Xantrex 60amp 3 bank battery charger
  • Reverse cycle heat/ac in 2 zones

12VDC Electrical Distribution System

  • 2 dedicated engine starting batteries
  • 2 4D 210 amp hour deep cycle ship’s service batteries
  • Battery management panel including emergency crossover switch, remote control ships power switch, remote control starting battery switch
  • Illuminated main circuit breaker distribution panel w/ battery voltage gauge
  • Lighting includes LED reading lights, lights in the overhead, strip lighting in appropriate locations, engine room lighting, cockpit courtesy lights w/ remote switch at transom
  • UL listed tinned wire throughout


  • Twin Volvo Penta D4 300HP engines linked to VP IPS drives
  • Volvo IPS Joystick for Docking, includes DPS(Dynamic Positioning System) for virtual anchoring
  • Lenco auto glide trim tab system
  • 12V alternators each engine
  • Volvo raw water intake strainers
  • Engine room blower
  • Engine room vent ducts
  • White gelcoated engine room
  • Twin 150 USG rotomolded diesel fuel tanks
  • Racor fuel filters
  • 2″ diesel deck fill plate
  • Mylar foil face foam noise barrier


  • Bi-fold stainless steel companionway door with electrically activated drop down window to port
  • Two overhead pilot hatches with shades/screens
  • Elevated “U” settee to port with a high-gloss table and storage beneath
  • Mates L-shaped settee forward, open to galley with stainless steel hand rail
  • Cabinet to starboard with storage and TV on an electric lift
  • Teak and holly sole 
  • Sound deadening headliner panels

Helm Station

  • Single N series Stidd helm chair
  • Volvo IPS electronic controls
  • Engine start/stop control panel
  • Volvo Penta 7″ display (1) with tachometer with hour meter, engine temp, engine oil pressure, transmission oil pressure, voltmeter, water in fuel warning, fuel remaining function, fuel consumption function, hi water temp and low oil pressure alarm
  • Triple windshield wipers with washers
  • Compass
  • Switch controls for horn, running lights, anchor light, engine room blower and optional equipment
  • Stazo wood trimmed 16″ steering wheel


  • Corian countertop with Riveria Corian

  • Stainless steel sink with faucet

  • Drawers and storage lockers below the counter

  • Storage cabinets outboard and above the counter

  • Lockers above the stove

  • Two burner electric cook top

  • Stainless steel convection microwave oven

  • Stainless steel drawer style refrigerator/freezer 12DC/120VAC

Master/Forward Stateroom

  • Spacious island berth layout with 5″ mattress, 3/4″ laminated trim on berth top
  • Cherry hull ceiling
  • Drawers in bureau w/locker, shelf above w/single louvered door
  • Upper storage to port and starboard with two enclosed lockers aft and fiddled shelves forward.

  • Large hanging locker to starboard, cedar lined with shelf and hanger pole.

  • Open shelf above the louvered door.

  • Teak and holly sole 

  • Soft headliner panels

Lower Salon

  • L-shaped settee with pull out converts to double berth. Fabric is Sunbrellas Sailcoth Sahara
  • Bookshelf outboard of settee
  • Extra large drawer is handy to Galley for large items


  • Vessel sink with faucet
  • Tempered Glass Shower stall with seat
  • Hot and cold pressure water
  • Electric shower sump pump
  • Storage locker
  • Corian countertop with Oat Corian with bull nose
  • Wood trimmed mirror over sink
  • Ventilation blower

Fresh Water

  • Water capacity 100 gals
  • 11-gallon stainless steel water heater 110V
  • Hot and cold water pressure system 12V
  • Shore water inlet with a filter
  • Transom shower hot and cold

Waste System

  • Polyethylene holding tank with 40 gallon capacity
  • Fresh water head (MSD)
  • Diaphragm waste pump on holding tank


  • Portable Fire Extinguishers

  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors

  • Marelon sea valves on all below waterline fittings

  • Bonding system to safeguard against galvanic corrosion

  • Automatic fire extinguishing discharge system with override

  • Automatic 12V electric bilge pumps (3)High Water Alarms (3) for bilge


  • Salt water wash down was disconnected and the seacock, strainer and new pump plumbed to forward air conditioning for improved water flow. Could be switched back.
  • 406 GPIRB does not convey

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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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