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 was built from 1976 through1985, hulls/ numbered 1 through 255. The Mk II was built from 1986 through 1991, hulls numbered 256 to 430.

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 Joan Baez to BR5-49.

Emmylou Harris doing Hickory Wind with her band, Spyboy, in 2000.

There are no viedos of Gram doing HW, but can't go wrong with Emmy.

We are saiiiiiling to Padanar-ar-um (apologies to Mark Knopfler)...
Across Buzzards Bay, way too late in the day in 2005, in our "new" Sabre 34, Hickory Wind (no apologies, just thanks, needed to Gram Parsons).
Hickory Wind, course 270 for Padanarum

At anchor in Hadley Harbor, early August, 2007.

Update: the laminate main blew sailing (not!) to Hadley Harbor, Labor Day Weekend, 2011.

Resolution: a new suit of sails from Jeff Gibbs of Haarstick NE in 2012.

Quicktime Movie
A quick video...
Spurred by another Sabre-owner's digital video clip, I turned the Nikon 8400's dial to the movie-camera-on-a-tripod icon and panned it around last Sunday, July 8th, 2007, as we approached Wings Neck.We were practically surfing under one reef and I had good beginner's luck.

Click here to see it; note that it is in Quicktime, which may or may not be installed on your PC.

Small projects and details (click on photos for larger versions)...

Maxprop 2-blade classic feathering propeller from PYI.




Half-hull model by Todd Dunn MicroYachts.




Electrical panel "roll-on" overhead light by Hella.




Blue Sea Systems 5511e dual-circuit battery switch.




Uni-Solar SFX-11 solar panel.




Groco Model K marine head.




Jabsco ITT Sensor-Max VSD 14 fresh-water pump.




ABI dorade cowl vents, new and old.




ABI dorade cowl vents.




C. S. Johnson Wrap-pins, also known as Scar Pins from APS.




Garhauer rigid vang (by PO).




Anti-siphon valve, stainless steel, from Sabre.




Raymarine A22015 (Z-230) rudder sensor transducer.




Rudder sensor transducer quadrant attachment.




Step for the V-berth - useful when the insert cushion is in.




Autohelm ST-50 Multi display in V-berth.




Lewmar Ocean hatch #00 for the head (position test).




Westerbeke parts box (41658) to keep everything in one place.




Pony tank, RAS-2 regulator and XScuba PonyPac harness to dive on the ever-shrinking zincs. .



Photographs copyright David G. Evans 

Some useful links...

Sabre Yachts Web Site 

Mk II Review by Jack Hornor, NA

Mk I Review by John Kretschmer

Defender Marine (my "outfitter of choice") Web Site

Jeff Gibbs, Haarstick Sailmakers NE, Wickford, RI

Yahoo Sabresailboat Group

The "former" Cruising World BBS

Current & Tide Tables
WWW Tide & Current Calculator

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