SOLD | 1984 Sabre 34 Mk I

(SOLD) 1984 Sabre 34 Mk I

Sabre 34 "Valinor" has been lovingly enjoyed and maintained over her lifetime.  She is a Sabre 34 MK I with the keel-centerboard configuration, which allows for comfortable exploration into some shallow waters.  Her owners are reluctantly listing her for sale as their growing family necessitates the need for more space afloat!  Please be sure to click on the Full Specs tab for all of the details on this fine Sabre Yacht!


  • Manufacturer:Sabre
  • Model: 34 Mk I
  • Year: 1984
  • Category: Sail
  • Condition: Used
  • Location: Edgewater US
  • Vessel Name:Valinor
  • Hull Material:Fiberglass
  • Designer:Sabre Design Team
  • Make:Westerbeke
  • Model:W27A
  • Engines(s):1
  • Hours:2300
  • Engine Type:Inboard
  • Fuel Type:diesel
  • Horsepower:30|horsepower
  • Total Heads:1
  • Length:34 ft
  • Beam:10.5 ft
  • Draft - max:7.75 ft
  • Fuel Tank:20|gallon
  • Fresh Water Tank:35|gallon
  • Holding Tank:20|gallon



Vessel Notes & Walkthrough

"Valinor" has enjoyed three owners in her lifetime, and all have made sure to take good care of her through their enjoyment with her.  She has been under her current ownership since 2009, and these owners have loved and maintained her quite well.  If you have been in the market for a Sabre 34 in very good condition, you would be wise to take a close look at hull #207!

The Sabre 34 MK I is a solid example of a vessel which was very popular with Sabre Yachts.  Known for their excellent sea-keeping abilities and stout construction, they were engineered and built to last for many years.

Starting below in the bow, the forward cabin offers a large V-berth with filler cushion, shelves above the berths, and a good mix of both drawer storage and lockers below.  The separate head may be accessed from either the door that comes from the forward cabin or from the door off of the main salon.  The head offers ample space for the size of the vessel, and she is outfitted with a composting toilet.  Opposite the head is the hanging locker and additional storage, as well as the air conditioning system. 

Stepping further aft brings you into the main salon.  Two straight settees mirror one another port and starboard, with storage behind, above, and below.  Starboard settee can slide out to make a larger berth space if needed.  The bulkhead-mounted table has storage behind, and can be easily utilized when needed, but stows quickly out of the way if you are finished using it.  Aft on the starboard settee is an extra folding leaf which is often used for additional space in the galley.

Aft of the salon settees brings you to the forward-facing nav. station and quarterberth on the port side. Opposite to starboard is the U-shaped galley which offers a large double stainless steel sink, two-burner CNG stove/oven, refrigerator, and lots of storage space throughout.

Sabre has built a reputation on maximizing storage space and systems access where possible, and this vessel will not disappoint!  Please feel free to get in touch with any specific questions.

Information & Vessel Details From The Owners

Vessel History:

We are the third owners, purchased her in January 2009 in Essex, CT. We sailed her down in May 2009, down Long Island Sound, then outside in the ocean all the way from NYC to Norfolk, VA (my crew was mostly from Norfolk), then up the Bay with just my family. She's been on the Chesapeake Bay ever since. We sail her on weekends and on a 1-2 week Bay trip every summer. The main thing to know about Valinor is that she does get sailed. 

During our ownership, she has been often hauled out of the water most winters (though not every year).  Before we owned her, she was hauled every winter by owner #2 the prior 13 years and covered with a Fairclough full cover, which we still own and which conveys with the boat.  Her first owners kept her on Long Island Sound as well, we think closer to NYC, though we know less about them.

Mast step – Many Sabre models had one weak point — the mast step design allowed for the potential of rot. On Valinor, this issue has been corrected. We fixed this while we had the mast pulled in 2010. The work was done professionally by a former boat builder – he removed the plywood core and replaced with a high-density Delrin plastic core and glassed back in. Delrin is much stronger than marine plywood and it will never, ever rot. Unless a Sabre of this era has had this work (or a similar procedure) done, it will most likely need it.

Engine – The Westerbeke W27A was professionally serviced by owner #2 for 13 years.  For us, every spring we have had the engine commissioned and checked by John Vosbury of Vosbury Marine in Annapolis (he’s well known in the area and is an expert in Westerbekes). He looks things over to ensure she's healthy. The engine has about 2300 hours on her. The prop is a Martec folding, which we had serviced directly by Martec and is in good working order. We definitely notice the boat speed gained by the folding prop.

Electrical – The previous owners had done very little upgrading to Valinor. So while there wasn’t much equipment on board, it gave me the opportunity to do things as “right” as I could and not deal with old gear or bad wiring. When we bought the boat in 2009, it had never even had a battery charger. That changed for us, as we added additional gear, needing additional battery capacity, and modern boat wiring systems.

Installing refrigeration triggered a number of upgrades:

  • Wiring – all wiring and cables from batteries to panels (both AC and DC) 100% replaced
  • All properly fused, labeled, etc. as close to current ABYC standards as possible
  • Replaced all AC and DC electrical panels (Blue sea)
  • Upgraded Balmar voltage regulator (smart)
  • Installed ProNautic 1240 40amp smart battery charger
  • Doubled the battery capacity in the house bank - upgraded batteries from 2 (G27s 1 in each bank) to 3 batteries (2 x G31 deep cycle + 1 x G24 reserve)
  • Victron (two bank) battery monitor (one of my favorite things) – works almost like a “gas gauge” so you really know how much power you have left
  • Refrigeration – Frigoboat keel cooler installed in 2011–both the compressor and evaporator were replaced in 2020.

Also, built enclosure at nav station for stereo (Bluetooth, etc.) and VHF (with DSC and remote mic at the helm). 

Air Conditioning – The boat has 2019 air conditioning (12,000 BTU air conditioning with reverse cycle heat), which is plenty adequate to keep the boat cool on even the hottest of days.

Canvas & Cockpit – We added a bimini by Annapolis Custom Yacht Canvas with connector and sunshades, and it had a dodger that’s “California style” so the sides zip out which is nice in the summer heat. We also have handrail covers, cockpit cushions, and of course a mainsail cover.

Electronics – DMI for wind, depth, and speed. Furuno Radar and Garmin GPS at the helm. 

Head - We replaced the head with an Airhead Composting Head in 2011, which was the best upgrade we've done. Since then, there's been zero "head smell" on the boat. While I did remove the holding tank too (we use the area for storage, under the V-berth), nothing has been done to prevent a traditional head and tank from being put back in if someone desired to do so. We love the Airhead, and our next boat will get the same.

Plumbing – I installed a raw water anchor washdown pump in 2019, up at the anchor locker. Also, this S34 has the “upgraded” water tanks, which means 70 gallons of fresh water instead of 40-ish that was standard.  In 2016, I upgraded both the galley and head faucets. Also replaced the head fresh water foot pump.

Ground Tackle – Primary anchor is a 33 lb Rocna (15 kg), purchased 12 years ago (that was before production issues). We love this anchor and sleep well at night “on the hook”. 30 feet of chain and another 200 feet of rode. Our spare anchor has a similar chain and rode set up – it’s an FX-16 Fortress. 

Interior – Main salon cushions are upgraded from original “boxy” to sculpted microsuede design like circa 2000 Sabres. More functional and definitely comfortable. Both the v-berth and the quarter berth cushions have also been replaced/recovered. Also, Sabre kept tweaking the layouts of the S34-I along the way, and the later boats (1983-1985, I believe) benefit from all of these changes. 

Sails – 135% genoa (on Harken furler), mainsail (2 full length, 2 partial battens), 1 symmetrical spinnaker, 1 storm trisail with track on the mast. Mainsail has lazy jacks that I installed (similar to “EZjacks” design, so they’re retractable). Mainsail has two reef points—each are fairly deep. Winches are Lewmar 44s in the cockpit, which are nice for the 135 genoa.

Additional Updates and Improvements:

Interior lights have all been converted to LED to use less power, great speakers in the cabin (hooked up to stereo which is Bluetooth so you can stream, etc.), and cockpit speakers added around 2015 as well. Edson teak cockpit table that folds out and seats 4-5 easily for meals. Folding stern ladder for swimming/boarding a dinghy, dinghy motor mount, and lots of spare parts.

Also, in 2010 we replaced all 6 chainplates for the shrouds with brand new custom fabricated by Garhauer Marine — better than original, electropolished on both sides to help prevent corrosion.

Replace lifelines with stainless (safer than white vinyl coated).

Overall, we sail her and cruised her, so everything works, and when it doesn’t we fix it. Our reason for selling is simple. We bought Valinor as a couple with one child. We're now a family of 5 sailing with 3 little ones and could use some more space. We plan to keep our next boat for a long while, just like Valinor.

Valinor Highlights

  • Sailed not sitting
  • Everything works
  • Known history for past 26 years
  • 3rd owner has had the boat for 13 years
  • Selling to upsize for large family now
  • Yearly engine inspection by Vosbury Marine
  • Regular bottom cleanings/bottom painted when hauled
  • New bottom pain 2021 (Pettit Ultima SR-60, multi-year ablative)
  • Hauled/covered in winter (full framed Fairclough cover conveys)


  • Westerbeke W27A, 4-cylinder diesel, commissioned yearly by Vosbury Marine for past 12 years
  • Balmar high output alternator
  • Balmar ARS-5 voltage regulator
  • (2017) - New, custom made fuel tank made by Luther's Welding in Bristol, RI installed with a new WEMA/KUS fuel level sender

Electrical System

  • Victory BMV-712 smart battery monitor (new 2019)
    • Monitors both banks and Bluetooth to phone app
  • Smart bilge monitor with counter and alarm, Aqualarm
  • All DC and AC panels replaced with modern Blue Sea Systems panels
  • All wiring from DC panels to batteries replaced, upsized, and fused to modern standards
    • Include DC Negative bus bars, and DC Positive bus bars for simple distribution
    • Everything labeled!
  • AC wiring from panel to shore power inlet replaced and upgraded/upsized, with new SmartPlug
  • Galvanic isolator
  • 50' SmartPlug 30amp cord (2019)
  • 25' SmartPlug 30amp cord (2019)
  • New reverse cycle heat and air conditioning (12,000 BTU) added 2019
  • Frigoboat keel cooler refrigeration with new evaporator and new compressor (2020)
    • Frigoboat has Merlin smart speed control and remote digital thermostat display.
  • More than doubled house battery bank and separate engine/reserve battery. 2 x Group 31 house (new 2020), 1 x Group 24 reserve
  • All interior lights replaced with LEDs
  • LED utility light added to engine compartment
  • 4 Hella fans added
  • Promariner ProNautic 40amp smart battery charger installed
  • Automatic voltage sensing relay from house bank to reserve battery (no switching back and forth when starting the engine)
  • Anchor washdown pump installed 2019 (Jabsco)
  • 2019 fresh water system pump (Shurflo)

Electronics & Instrumentation

  • Garmin GPS 192c at helm
  • Furuno Radar, mastmount with display at helm
  • Autopilot, wheel mount
  • Depth sounder
  • Knotmeter
  • Wind / anemometer
  • David instruments WindTrak
  • Standard Horizon VHF with DSC and remote mic at helm

Rigging, Sails, & Canvas

  • 135% Genoa
  • Harken roller furling
  • Mainsail with 2 reef points
  • Retractable lazy jacks for easy mainsail handling
  • Flag halyards at spreaders
  • Symmetrical spinnaker
  • Spinnaker pole
  • Tri-sail (storm) with track on mast
  • Dodger with removable sides in Navy Sunbrella
  • Bimini with strut frame in Navy Sunbrella
    • Custom sun shades for Bimini sides
  • Connector between Bimini and dodger in Navy Sunbrella
  • Mainsail cover in Navy Sunbrella
  • Handrail covers in Navy Sunbrella
  • Helm cover in Navy Sunbrella
  • Boom vang
  • 3 halyard (mainsail, genoa, spinnaker)
  • Topping lift rigged for spinnaker


  • Custom cockpit cushions in Sunbrella
  • Edson teak folding table (the larger expanding size), varnished
  • Integrated swim ladder with custom faux teak steps
  • Mount for outboard dinghy motor on rail
  • Flag staff and U.S flag
  • 3 winch handles
  • Handle for manual bilge pump


  • No smell!
  • All upholstery has been replaced and updated
  • Salon cushions replaced with bolstered micro suede like 2000s Sabres
  • All LED lighting
  • Hella fans abound
  • Air conditioning 12,000 BTU with reverse cycle heat (2019)


  • Deep, double stainless steel sink
  • New 2019 modern kitchen style faucet
  • Under sink water filter
  • Water foot pump (fresh)
  • 2 burner natural gas stove and oven


  • No smell!
  • Airhead composting toilet — absolutely ZERO “head smell” on this boat
  • New 2019 modern faucet and shower handle
  • Nicro solar vent for toilet/head
  • LED 2-color dome light
  • Hand soap dispenser
  • New foot pump (fresh water) in 2020

Anchoring & Docking

  • Jabsco anchor washdown pump (2019)
  • Rocna 15 anchor as primary with 30 feet of chain plus 300 feet nylon with markers every 30 feet
    • Original made in New Zealand - very well made
  • Fortress FX-16 anchor as secondary with 30 feet of chain plus approx 200 feet nylon
  • Extra set of dock lines for travel
  • 4 fenders (2 are new 2021)


  • JimBuoy Premium full size horseshoe with drogue, white, 2021
  • USCG approved Type II lifejackets
  • 3 Type 4 throwable cushions (2 new in 2021)


  • Dinghy & outboard motor
  • Owners tools and personal items

DisclaimerThe 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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