Hickory Wind is a 1986 Sabre 34 Mk II sailboat, hull # 287, designed by Roger Hewson and built by Sabre Yachts of South Casco, Maine. Her threee owners have all sailed her in New England, first in Buzzards Bay as Spirit, then Boston Harbor as Soulmate and now she’s back in Buzzards Bay.
The original Sabre 34 design was built from 1976 through 1985, hulls numbered 1 through 255. The Mk II was built from 1986 through 1991, hulls numbered 256 to 430. The Mk II is about a foot wider and has a longer boom, a double-spreader mast, a port galley layout (reversed from the Mk I) and a more modern appearance.
Our cruising grounds are Buzzards Bay, the Elizabeth Islands, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket and up (down, some would say) to Maine. On the horizon are Block Island and Long Island Sound.
Hickory Wind is a song by the late Gram Parsons. It first appeared on The Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo album (vocals by Roger McGuinn) and later in a pseudo-live version on Gram’s Grievous Angel album. There have been innumerable covers, from Emmylou Harris to Joan Baez to BR5-49. There are no videos of Gram doing HW, but can’t go wrong here with Emmy:
Projects and Features
- Lewmar Ocean #00 hatch for the head
The head in Jabberwocky, our Freedom 28, had one and it was great for light and ventilation. Continue reading →
- ST-50 Multi data repeater for the V-berth
Lying awake at night, it’s nice to know how hard the wind is blowing or whether the boat is still facing the same direction. Continue reading →
- Rudder sensor transducer to help the autopilot
Raymarine A22015 (Z-230) rudder sensor transducer to let the Autohelm/ Raytheon/ Raymarine ST4000+ know where the rudder is. Continue reading →
- ABI 3″ stainless steel dorade vent cowl
Much prettier (and easier to clean) than the old soft PVC cowls. The original Vetus ones are no longer made and the ABI domain name is now held by a ‘net scavenger. Continue reading →
- Call then Wrap-pins or Scar-pins, they beat cotter pins.
Or ring clips. These make the process of retuning your rig easy enough to do more often. Plus they neaten the turnbuckles without needing fancy covers. Continue reading →
- Removable step for the V-berth
Makes it a lot easier to climb on (or out) of the forward berth when the insert cushion is in place. Continue reading →
- Jabsco Sensor-Max VSD fresh water pump
Came the day when the old PAR belt-driven pump wouldn’t prime. This is so simpler, We have the smaller, 14, model; howe many faucets do we need running at once? Continue reading →
- Groco Model K manual marine head
Groco‘s very simple design with a big pump. Stroking the handle pumps out and stepping on the foot pedal adds flushing water. It’s house-size, so a bit like sitting on the proverbial throne. A lot more expensive now than when we bought it from Defender in the oughts.
- Maxprop 2-blade classic feathering propeller
- Westerbeke anti-siphon valve, per Gene Barnes
It’s main purpose seems to be to dribble hot water when the valve fails every few years. But Gene put it in the pre-purchase surevy, so….
- A half-hull model by Todd Dunn Micro Yachts
Todd builds these on Mt. Desert island when he’s not sailing Seaquester or motoring Tortuga. I met Todd on the Internet via the long-gone Cruising World BBS. We rafted up with him in Southwest Harbor on our trip up in 2002. Continue reading →
- Flexible Uni-solar amorphous crystal panel
Keeps the batteries topped off during the week and perhaps helps with the auto-pilot when sailing. The amorphous construction means that the panel works even when partially shaded. Perhaps these are only sold in Australia these days, but there are other, similar, products out there.
- No more A, B, A+B. A dual-circuit battery switch
- Hella “roll-on” red light for the electrical panel
Perhaps someday I’ll remember where each circuit breaker is. Until then, this is very helpful at night.