Sabre – 48 Salon Express

Florida, United States

“Happy Days” is owned by a knowledgeable and experienced Yachtsman and as such is a very well maintained and upgraded example of this very desirable Downeast Style Express Cruiser built by one of the premier US based builders; Sabre Yachts in Rhode Island, USA.

Recent Upgrades include a Freedom Lift hydraulic tender lift mounted on the transom and a 2022 Highfield SP330 Rigid Inflatable Boat with 25 hp Yamaha Outboard. Also installed recently is a Aquamiser 25 gallon per hour Reverse Osmosis Watermaker. The vessel is also equipped with a Siren Marine Wireless Boat Monitoring and Security System. There are new forward sunpad and aft deck seating Sunbrella upholstery and a new Sunbrella cover on the electric Sure Shade over cockpit. New Ocean Aire pleated blinds in Salon.

In 2022 while entering the inlet at slow speed the starboard pod struck bottom and was subsequently replaced with a new unit; port pod was removed, inspected and reinstalled by the local Cummins and Zeus dealer in Ft. Pierce, Florida; records available. 

 The boat has been well maintained and is outfitted for cruising the islands


New icemaker 2023

All zincs replaced in late spring 2024

New 28’ wiper blades  (3) installed 2/23

Port and starboard pod oil coolers changed out in 2022

Crew head has a shower

Garmin Phantom 24x radar installed 2023

Sunbrella cushions with covers, in cockpit and bow added in 2022

All batteries replaced in 2023 and 2024

Windlass has 100’ of grade 43, G4 3/8” chain.

20amp 120v water resistant outlet added to cockpit

Epirb added December 2023

600 GPD totally automatic RO water maker with remote controls at helm

Highfield Tender has a depth finder

New Sureshade Legacy control box installed 2024  

Replaced Cummins Port engine raw water pump in August 2023

Replaced Generator raw water pump in August 2023

Replaced generator exhaust riser in August 2023

Replaced generator fuel prime pump in August 2023

Replaced Freedom SW3012 inverter charger September 2023

Basic Boat Info

Boat Hull ID
Has Hull ID


48 ft
Length Overall
48 ft
15.33 ft
Max Draft
3.75 ft
Dry Weight
34,700 lb
Cabins Count

Engines / Speed

Engine #1 Specs:
  • Make : Cummins
  • Model : QSC 8.3
  • Fuel : Diesel
  • Engine Power : 550 hp
  • Type : Inboard
Engine #2 Specs:
  • Make : Cummins
  • Model : QSC 8.3
  • Fuel : Diesel
  • Engine Power : 550 hp
  • Type : Inboard
Total Engine Power
1,100 hp


Fuel Tanks
Fuel Tank Capacity
500 gal
Water Tanks
Water Tank Capacity
160 gal
Holding Tank Count
Holding Tank Capacity
70 gal


Heads Count
Boat Class
Downeast, Motor Yachts

Additional Info

Steering System
Joystick Control
Manufacturer Provided Description

As an early adopter of pod drive systems, Sabre Yachts has a clear understanding of how these revolutionary drives can best be used to increase efficiency, maximize ease of operation and owner confidence. The all-new Sabre 48 Salon Express is our fifth pod driven model and she takes full advantage of this technology in both her performance and in her interior accommodation plan.

The 48's traditional exterior profile belies the contemporary performances of her vee-hull. She cruises at 27 knots and at wide open throttle she'll attain more than 32 knots. With the Zeus pod drive system, turns at speed are as exciting as they are in a fine sports car but perhaps even more exhilarating is the quiet that one experiences at cruise speeds. Less than 75 Dba makes her one of the quietest motoryachts available today. The joystick and Skyhook operations give every Captain the confidence to dock her in the most difficult of circumstances.

Her raised cockpit sole brings together the social aspects of the cockpit and main salon and the aft end of the house opens up fully to connect the spaces. Her main salon offers ample seating surfaces for entertaining or simply relaxing to read or enjoy the standard entertainment systems. While underway the raised settee to port of the Stidd helm chair is a perfect place for the crew to enjoy the ride. And when docking, a standard side deck door serves her helmsman and crew, well. The two cabin, two head layout is supplemented by a mechanical space forward of the engine room. Optionally, this space can be laid out as a crew quarters with berth and head unit; which is the case on "Happy Days".


Modified Deep V Planing hull design, with pod drive tunnels.

14º deadrise at transom, 23º deadrise amidships.

ISO NPG white gelcoat w/vinylester back-up resin.

Bottom, topsides and transom VIP resin infused biaxial E-glass with Corecell SAN foam core.

Stringer system biaxial E-glass with foam core.

VIP Resin Infused E-glass swim platform with molded-in anti-skid surface.

Hull side rubbing strakes.

PVC rub rail with stainless steel cap.

Painted (Urethane) double boot top.

Gold recessed cove stripe.


Deck and Hardtop

ISO NPG gelcoat.

VIP resin infused biaxial E-glass with balsa core.

Molded-in anti-skid deck surfaces.

Companionway door to port.

Sliding windows in salon on cabin sides.

Electric opening window in salon aft bulkhead.

Hinged access door to side deck at helm.

Flush, outward opening, transom door with latch.

Anchor locker with slam latch.

Large lazarette/engine room access hatch in cockpit sole with compression latches.

Integrated Sure Shade system over cockpit


Deck Hardware

1 ¼” Diameter type 316 stainless steel perimeter rail system.

(6) 12” Stainless steel cleats (2 fwd, 4 mid ship)

(1) 10” Stainless steel cleat to starboard of windlass as anchor rode tie off.

(4) Custom cast stainless steel mid-rail line chocks.

(2) Custom cast stainless steel skene chocks forward.

(2) Stainless steel bollard style mooring cleats aft

(2) Stainless 12” cleats on cockpit coaming on centerline

Custom stainless steel bow pulpit with dual anchor roller for 44# CQR or Delta anchor and lunch hook.

Quick anchor windlass, electric rope-chain type

Teak flag staff and socket on taffrail.

Burgee staff on bow pulpit.

(6) Low Profile stainless steel hatches w/screens.

(6) Custom stainless steel opening port lights.

Teak toe rails.

Teak cabin side eye-brow.

Custom cast stainless steel “SABRE” medallion.

Raw water washdown system at bow.


Helm Station

Cummins DTS single lever electronic controls.

Cummins Smart Craft display (engine data, tank levels, vessel data, alarms).

Triple windshield wipers with washers.

Ritchie Compass.

Switch controls for horn, running lights, anchor light, engine room blower and optional equipment.

(2) Stidd N Series helm seats with Ultraleather fabric, mounted on a cherry cabinet

  • VIP resin infused laminate
  • Molded in anti-skid surfaces
  • Anodized Aluminum framed windows
  • Helm deck door to starboard side deck
  • Large diameter stainless steel perimeter rails
  • Herreshoff  bow and spring cleats
  • Horn style aft mooring cleats
  • Low profile stainless steel opening hatches with shades and screens
  • Low profile pilot hatches in hard top
  • Stainless steel anchor roller
  • L-shaped cockpit seating with folding, high gloss table


Twin Cummins QSC 8.3 550 hp electronic, fresh water-cooled engines with Zeus pod drives, with integrated steering and trim

120A, 12V alternators each engine.

(2) Exhaust by-pass mufflers.

Engine room blower.

Engine room vent ducts.

Engine room floor with FRP anti-skid.

White gelcoated engine room

Mylar face foam noise barrier.

Fuel System

2) 263 USG diesel fuel tanks port and starboard.

Dual Racor fuel filters with water in fuel probes.

(2) 2 Diesel deck fill plates.

  • Cummins QSC 8.3 550hp engines with pod drives
  • Cummins electronic controls and Smartcraft display
  • Joy stick for low speed maneuvering
  • Triple windshield wipers with washers
  • Reverse cycle heat and air conditioning
  • Zeus automatic trim tab system
  • Anchor windlass with rope/chain gipsy

Steering and Trim Systems

CMD helm with Joystick

Trimtabs integrated with CMD Zeus pod drives

Autopilot integrated with CMD Zeus system

Skyhook GPS position hold system with dedicated GPS receiver


  • 50 Amp shore power cord with cord reel
  • Galvanic isolator
  • Illuminated circuit breaker panel at galley steps
  • 120v outlets throughout interior and in engine room
  • Galley and head receptacles are GFI protected
  • (2) Group 31 AGM Dedicated engine start batteries
  • (3) Group 4D AGM house batteries
  • LED overhead and reading lights
  • 60 Amp 3-bank battery charger
  • Tinned wire used throughout

AC Electrical Systems

Onan 13.5 kw generator including:

Onan E series display

Dedicated start battery.

Water drop muffler.

Cooling water intake strainer.

Sound shield.

Transfer switch.

50A shore power service with Glendinning Cablemaster & 70 ft. cord.

Isolation transformer

Illuminated main circuit breaker distribution panel.

Digital AC system monitor

120V GFCI protected outlets in each cabin and engine room.

50amp, 3-bank battery charger

Reverse cycle heat/ air conditioning in (3) zones

12 Volt DC Electrical System

Two AGM group 31 dedicated engine start batteries

Three AGM 4D deep cycle ships service batteries

One AGM group 24 generator start battery

Remote control battery switches with controls at helm

Manual emergency battery crossover switch

Illuminated main circuit breaker distribution

Digital battery monitor

Salon / Helm Deck

Two Stidd N Series helm chairs mounted on a box

L shaped settee to starboard, 5” foam cushions, with storage and Sabre tool drawer under.

High Gloss finished table with hi-low pedestal and angled slide mechanism. Lowers to coffee table height.

Entertainment unit to port including a flat screen LCD TV 32” on lift with DVD player

Sound deadening, soft headliner panels.

Raised mates L-shaped settee to port of helm

Stainless steel door to cockpit

Electrically operated window aft of L-settee

Swing door at helm to starboard side deck

Deep chart table forward of L-settee. Fiddles at nav station



Varnished cherry interior finish.

Screens on all opening ports.

Ocean Air screen/blinds on deck hatches.

Ocean Air pleated blinds on side windows and side door

Drapes on aft curved windows

Dovetailed, varnished maple drawer boxes


Solid surface galley counter top.

Stainless steel under mount sink with cover and pull-out faucet

Stainless steel under mount prep sink with cover.

Soap dispenser

Isotherm stainless steel stand-up refrigerator (top) and freezer

Two burner electric cook top.

Convection microwave with stainless steel face

Drawers and storage lockers below counter.

Built-in waste basket. Recycle bin below steps.



St. Maarten amber cabin reading lights.

High output LED lights in the overhead.

LED strip lighting in appropriate locations.

LED engine room lighting.

Tri-color lights over helm station, red, white blue

Cockpit courtesy lights.

Marine-grade, tinned wire throughout.

12VDC USB chargers at helm and in all cabins

Master Stateroom Amidships

Spacious island berth athwartship layout with laminated trim.

Hull side deadlight over head board

Shoji style passageway and closet doors

Shoji style portlight screen panels

Cherry hull coverings

Drawers under berth and in bulkhead aft of berth.

(2) hanging lockers fore and aft of bed.

LED flat screen TV and DVD player.

Teak and holly sole.

Sound deadening soft headliner panels.

Pocket door to master head compartment.


Master Head

Private access from master stateroom

Custom tile in WC and shower sole

Glass vessel style sink

High gloss finish over solid cherry counter.

Vanity cabinet below sink

Storage outboard

Mirror above vanity, cherry framed

Separate shower stall with clear bi-fold enclosure and glass tile accent wall within

Electric shower sump pump

Opening port to side deck

Deck hatch with blind/screen overhead

Ventilation blower

Stainless steel towel bars

Guest Stateroom

Spacious island berth, with laminated trim.

Cherry hull coverings.

Drawers under berth, A/C return grille beside.

Storage lockers, drawers and shelves.

Teak and holly sole.

Sound deadening soft headliner panels.

Pocket door to passageway.

Private access to forward head and shower


Guest Head

Stainless steel under mount sink.

Shower stall with seat and locker outboard.

Hot and cold pressure water

Electric shower sump pump.

Storage lockers.

Solid surface vanity top with bull nose.

Towel bars

Soap dispenser

Cherry wood trimmed mirror over sink.

Ventilation blower.

Crew Cabin Utility Space

The portside salon settee slides inboard to access the crew cabin which features a double berth to starboard and a head with wash basin. This space also serves as the utility room with side by side washer and dryer and additional storage. 

  • Polyethylene 160usg. water tank
  • 20usg stainless steel hot water tank
  • Stainless sink in galley
  • Vessel sinks in heads.
  • Fresh water flush MSD w/holding tank and macerator
  • Shower stall in head with tempered glass door
  • Solid surface material and galley and head countertops
  • Marelon sea valves on all below waterline fittings
  • (3) bilge pumps with high water alarms

Fresh Water System

Aquamiser 25 gallon per hour Reverse Osmosis Watermaker

Water capacity 160 gals.

Stainless steel, 20 gal. water heater, operates on 110-VAC or engine heat.

Temperature control valve on hot water supply.

Hot and cold water pressure system 12V.

Fresh water spigot in engine room.

Transom shower, hot and cold.

Shore water inlet with filter.

Waste Disposal

Polyethylene holding tank with 70 gallon capacity.

Jabsco Quiet Flush fresh water MSD in guest head

Tecma Eco MSD in master head

Diaphragm waste pump on holding tank.


Single Kahlenberg chrome trumpet horn with compressor

Fire extinguishers

Marelon sea valves on all thru-hull fittings below waterline.

Bonding system to safeguard against galvanic corrosion.

Automatic fire extinguishing discharge system in engine space with override.

(3) Automatic 12V electric bilge pumps.

(3) High water switches and alarm.

Factory Options

Sabre White Hull Color,  Flag Blue Boot Stripe,  Gold Cove Stripe,  Beige Anti Skid Color (fore, side, aft and recessed swim decks). Fresh Water Wash Down.  Searchlight on mast.  FRP molded mast and separate radar platform.  Kahlenberg Air Horns.  Hot and cold transom shower.  Removable hinged platform above ship's battery boxes for storage.  Fresh water spigot in engine room.  Reverso oil exchange system.  Seagull water purifier on galley cold water plumbed to separate spigot. Seagull water purifier on icemaker water inlet.  Beam central vac system with (2) outlets and a 32' expandable hose.  Flat bottom locker under cooktop. Second cherry towel rack on the inside of door,  below top of door in guest stateroom.  Cherry doors on glass cabinet aft of galley sink.  A door on the small cabinet forward of galley sink.  Custom color ocean air blinds - Pebbles Ivory.  Electric sunroof with sunscreen in lieu of two standard hatches.  Accord shades on all opening port lights. Fusion marine stereo in salon.  Sailcloth Seagull Sunbrella fabric in crew cabin on mattress.   Sandalwood galley Corian color.  Sandalwood guest head Corian color.  Smokey Biscuit master wall tile color and master head sole tile color.  Crew quarters with separate head. Icemaker in salon under helm chair. Electric telescoping cockpit Sure Shade. Electric up down window in aft cockpit. SAT TV. Garmin 16" Dual displays at lower helm. Separate Ariston Washer and Separate Ariston Dryer in crew cabin. Inverter.

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