About this Sailboat:
Icefire is a 1974 Sabre 28. I’ve owned her since the summer of 2006 and love her a lot. But alas, I’ll be moving up north and inland soon and won’t have the time/cash to transport her closer to my new location. So it’s probably time to sell out.
I’ve sailed her from Maine to Connecticut, in the Annapolis area of the Chesapeake Bay, and earlier this fall from Annapolis to Charleston via the ICW. She is tough and quick, and easy to handle. She has wheel steering and sail controls convenient to the helm (mainsheet traveller is mounted on the transom and genoa sheets are controlled from Lewmar 40ST winches on the cockpit sole). This summer I replaced the engine head gasket and thermostat, as well as all engine instruments. I’ve upgraded the ground tackle and purchased a chute sock for the spinnaker, as well as a lot of other safety gear.
As with all Sabres, she is well built, pretty to look at, and sails well. Topside, she has a teak toerail, eyebrow, and cockpit sole. Belowdecks, the cabin is all nice teak; very classy.
2 things need fixing in the near future. First, I had to leave her in the marina in Annapolis without me over the summer. At some point, one of the fenders was pushed aside, and the paint job on the port side was ruined by rubbing against the pier. Second, the roller furling for the genoa seized during the journey down the Chesapeake on my first leg of my ICW trip this fall. The genoa is still useable, but you have to treat it the same as a hank-on for the moment. She has a few cetol stains topside from where I spilled while redoing the teak last summer.
Right now, she’s moored in Charleston in the federal mooring field across from the Charleston City Marina. I own the mooring ball she’s on. I’m offering the buoy and dinghy for sale along with Icefire herself, so purchasing the lot will get you a nice boat AND a place to park her, without monthly tie-up expenses (except for the dinghy: the City Marina charge $75/month to use their dinghy dock; not too bad considering the alternative).
Equipment on Board:
Sails: 150% genoa, mainsail, both in fair to good condition. Cruising spinnaker in good condition with a chute sock.
Engine: Atomic 4 gas-powered engine. Recently replaced the head gasket and thermostat, along with all engine instruments.
Electronics: Standard Horizon CP-170C chartplotter, Raytheon radar, Standard Horizon VHF with command mike at helm, Navico WP-4000 autopilot, depth sounder, speed log, handheld VHF.
Electric: starter battery and deep-cycle house battery.
Ground tackle: Rocna 10 on 40 ft G4 chain and 125 ft octoplait line, Fortress FX-23 on 6 ft chain and 250 ft 2-plait line, 20 lb CQR on 6 ft chain and 100 ft 2-plait line.
Habitability: large icebox, alcohol stove, two sinks, full head, V-berth forward, quarterberth port side aft, pull-out setee on port side of salon, fold-down table, cupholders for cockpit, Weems and Plath ship’s clock and barometer.
Safety Gear: 2 Mustang Survival hydrostatically inflated harnesses/PFDs with strobes and safety lanyards, bosun chair, nylon jacklines, Lifesling 2, flare gun, life jackets, first aid kit, more.
Tankage: 20 gallons water, 18 gallons fuel, 20 gallons holding tank.
Dinghy: Walker Bay Watertender 9.4 hard dinghy with Johnson 4.5 hp 2-stroke outboard, 6 gallon fuel tank, and oars.
Moring: helical mooring installed in early 2009 by a professional diver.