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WTB - Sabreline 36 Double Cabin

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Looking for a Sabreline 36 double cabin, preferable on the East Coast. Chesapeake Bay area a plus. Would rather not have Detroit Diesels.
 
There's one listed locally to me (Rochester, NY) by RCR Yachts. It does have the Detroit 8.2s, but with enough hours I wouldn't be too worried about them. And the price reflects the engines, I think (it's been listed for a year with a couple price drops, so they may have further wiggle room on price). From what I've seen of the boat it looks to be well cared for (and I've seen it stored inside over the last few winters since we've been at our current marina).
 
Thanks. I'll take a look. My concern with the Detroits is the availability of parts and knowledgeable techs.
 
The DD 8.2 gets a bad rep but there are ways to minimize problems. The first is to run them slow. That engine will run nearly forever at displacement speeds.

The second is to install a vent line for the cooling system on the #6 cylinder. At heavier loads a gas pocket can develop on #6, and block coolant flow. The vent eliminates that problem.

Google the engine. There was a mechanic that was a real pro on that engine and can add the vent for you.

Another problem was over stressing the head bolts at heavy loads. They can be replaced with higher tensile bolts. Again, talk to The Guy.

David
 
The DD 8.2 gets a bad rep but there are ways to minimize problems.
It gets a bad rap because they can't be rebuilt. I just recently ran into this issue with a Sabre 36 with the 8.2's and one of them was locked up. The owner had quite a conundrum, and I verified this with a local DD expert. While all the other DD's can still be repaired and rebuilt, he referred to the 8.2 as "a throwaway engine". This owner's only option was to repower the boat at a cost of what the boat is worth with two working engines.
 
It gets a bad rap because they can't be rebuilt. I just recently ran into this issue with a Sabre 36 with the 8.2's and one of them was locked up. The owner had quite a conundrum, and I verified this with a local DD expert. While all the other DD's can still be repaired and rebuilt, he referred to the 8.2 as "a throwaway engine". This owner's only option was to repower the boat at a cost of what the boat is worth with two working engines.
Plenty of diesels have gotten the derogatory "throw away" nickname attached over the years. Typically that comes from a mechanic used to heavy duty wet sleeve engines. A non sleeved engine can be rebuilt, just typically not rebuilt in place. And it can only be rebuilt a couple of times rather than indefinitely. Heck, even the much loved Cummins B series isn't sleeved.

But as long as parts are out there, I can't think of any reason you can't rebuild an 8.2.
 
I'll think you'll find most of the Fast Trawler series will have the 8.2's, it was the standard engine in early boats. Cats were installed in later models. That model was built between 1989-98, we're Sabre dealers.
There's a 36 in OH with 3116 Cats. The Detroits aren't bad engines assuming they've been taken care of, like any other engine. Cooling system parts can be scarce, I think that's the problem you'll encounter more than anything. The 36 Fast Trawler is a nice boat in any event, you'll like it.
 
Looking for a Sabreline 36 double cabin, preferable on the East Coast. Chesapeake Bay area a plus. Would rather not have Detroit Diesels.
 

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