Hickory Wind

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.

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.┬áThere are no videos of Gram doing HW, but can’t go wrong here with Emmy:


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