Welcome to the home page of
Early Light

Hull Number 160
Built in 1982 by Sabre Yachts
South Casco, ME

As the author of this website, I hope you enjoy learning of my quest for a new vessel, and a little of the logistics of purchasing a vessel from a distant location. I will attempt to take you through a good portion of the experience with me.

In January 2001, I sold my previous boat (a Newport 30 designed by the late Gary Mull) and immediately started my search for her replacement. Having sailed with friends on Sabre 34's in the past, I had already decided some time ago that my next boat would be a Sabre 34 MK I of the 1980 to 1985 vintage. I had been searching the market for several years now, but I was not about to get caught in that age old trap of owning two vessels. I would wait until I had the Newport 30 sold and then look in earnest for her replacement.

After having looked at approximately a dozen Sabre 34s up and down the east coast as well as the Great Lakes area, I decided that a trip to Yarmouth, Maine to look at yet another Sabre 34 was in order.

So, welcome aboard and come along with me as I begin my quest for my dream vessel. Hopefully you will learn a little about getting my boat to my home port from 660 plus nautical miles away, some of the maintenance issues as well as upgrades and other interesting projects.

This will be an ongoing project and I hope to update it whenever I have anything significant to add, so please stop by occasionally for updates.

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Thank you.


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In the beginning
Trip to Maine to inspect "Early Light" (February 7-10, 2001)
List of projects to be completed on 1st working trip to Maine (April 16-27, 2001)
List of projects to be completed on 2nd working trip to Maine (May 5-21, 2001)
List of projects to be completed during first year (May 2001-May 2002)

Sabre 34 MK I specifications
Original Sabre sales brochure
Original Sabre advertisements
Equipment on board at time of purchase
Sail inventory
Running rigging specifications
Standing rigging specifications
Some photographs of a S-34 MK I under construction
Delivery trip from Maine to Maryland
A few tips, tidbits and sources
Some useful links
A few photographs of "Early Light" on the water
Keeping the propeller and shaft barnacle free
List of commonly used parts for the Westerbeke 27 diesel
Ships library
Some photographs of work aloft on radar antenna
Annual sea-cock maintenance instructions
Paints, varnishes and coatings

Projects and Upgrades
Refrigeration Installation Winter 2001/2002
DC Electrical System Upgrade Winter 2001/2002
Rigid Boom Vang Installation Spring 2002
AC Inverter & Galvanic Isolator Install Spring 2002
Anchor Washdown System Installation Spring 2002
Fabrication of Drink Holder Spring 2002
Overhaul Edson Steering Spring 2002
Replacement of Cowl Vents Summer 2002
An On Deck Dinghy Storage Bag Summer 2002
New Teak Eyebrows on Side of Cabin Winter 2002/2003
Installing a Harken Traveler Winter 2002/2003
A Cutlery Rack for the Galley Winter 2002/2003
New Companionway Weather Boards Winter 2002/2003
Some New Sail Handling Hardware Spring 2003
Electric Anchor Windlass Installation Spring 2003
Fabrication of Seats for Stern Pulpit Upgrade Spring 2005
Purchase of a New Anchor Spring 2003
Recovering the Wheel with Elkhide Summer 2003
Fabrication of a Teak Helm Rack Summer 2003
A Light Weight Davit for Dinghy Motor Summer 2003
Installing New 12 VDC Cabin Fans Fall 2003
New Dodger Installation Fall 2003
Installing New Stainless Steel Ports Fall 2003
Cleaning the Diesel Fuel Tank Winter 2003/2004
Fabrication of Curtains Winter 2003/2004
Making a Steering Pedesal Cover Winter 2003/2004
Replacing Hydraulic Backstay Adjuster Spring 2004
Installing a Chartplotter Summer 2004
Installing a TV/VCR and Antenna Fall 2004
Installing an Electric Oil Change Pump Fall 2004
Replacing the Lifelines Summer 2005
Fabrication of a New Cockpit Table Winter 2005/2006
Replacing the Engine's Rear Main Seal Winter 2005/2006
Maintenance of the Cabin Sole Spring 2006
Replacing the House Bank Batteries Spring 2006
Installing Courtesy Lights in Cabin Spring 2006
Installing Hull Ceilings in V-berth Spring 2007
Installing a Stern Boarding Gate Summer 2007
Installing Hull Ceilings in Salon Summer 2008
Installing a Garboard Drain Winter 2008
Rehab Bilge Covers Winter 2008
Repair of Cabin Sole Winter 2009
Purchase of a New Mainsail Cover Summer 2010
Purchase of a New 130% Genoa Winter 2010
Fabrication of Flashlight Holders Winter 2010
Adding Teak Accessories to the Cabin Winter 2010
Rehab of Vanity in Head Winter 2011
Project Costs to Date Continuing

Manuals listed below are in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. A free download
of Acrobat Reader is available by clicking on the link below.
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Manuals for Equipment on Board
Hurth Transmission Manual
Qwik Drain Oil Change Pump Manual
Racor Fuel Filter Manual
Honda 2HP Outboard Manual
Charles Battery Charger Manual
Xantrex In-Charge 3 Stage Regulator Manual
Xantrex Echo Charger Manual
Xantrex Link 10 Battery Monitor Manual
Balmar High Output Alternator Manual
Furuno 1720 Radar Manual
Garmin 45XL Handheld GPS Manual
Standard Horizon Eclipse VHF Manual
Icom M3A Handheld VHF Manual
Autohelm ST4000 Autopilot Manual
Autohelm ST50W Windspeed/Windpoint Manual
Ritchie SP-5 Compass Manual
Shakspeare 2025 TV Antenna Manual
SHURflo Pro Blaster Washdown Pump Manual
Jabsco ParMax4 Water System Pump Manual
Jabsco Accumulator Tank Manual
Raritan Domestic Water Heater Manual
Whale Gusher 10 Bilge Pump Manual
Adler Barbour Cold Machine Refrigeration Manual
Origo 6000 Stove/Oven Manual
Magma Propane Grill Manual
Lofrans Progress 1 Windlass Manual
Harken MK II Unit 1 Roller Furler Manual
Lewmar No. 6 and 7 Winch Manual
Lewmar No. 8 Winch Manual
Lewmar No. 16 Winch Manual
Lewmar No. 24, 30 and 40 Winch Manual
Lewmar No. 40st Winch Manual
Lewmar No. 43st and 46st Winch Manual

Some Music for Your Listening Pleasure
Barometer Soup
Beyond The Sea
Blow The Man Down
Boat Drinks
Brown Eyed Girl
Calypso Medley
Captain And The Kid
Cheeseburgers In Paradise
Come Monday
Drunken Sailor
Dueling Steel Drums
Ebb Tide
Eddystone Light
Edmund Fitzgerald
Feelin' High
Grapefruit JuicyFruit
Harbor Lights
Havana Day Dreaming
Hot, Hot, Hot
Its Five O'clock Somewhere
Limbo Rock
Little Miss Magic
Love Letters in the Sand
Mary Ann
Off To See The Lizard
Pencil Thin Mustache
Pirate Looks At 40
Red Sails in the Sunset
Rum and CocaCola
Sail Along Silvery Moon
Sea Cruise
Sea of Love
Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay
Sloop John B
Son Of A Son Of A Sailor
Stranger on the Shore
St. Thomas
Summer Place
They Don't Dance Like Carmen No More
Twenty-six Miles Across the Sea
Under the Sea
Yellow Bird

Early Light's Sailing Dinghy
Restoration of my Sailing Dinghy

Burgee Page
Burgees from Clubs I Have Visited

Awards Page
Early Light's Web Site Awards

For Sale
Excess Items For Sale with Photographs

Member of Boat US

Member of the Yahoo Sabre Sailboat Group

Member of the SailNet Sabre Forum

USCG Navigation Center

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