Patrick McGovern, Chief Operating Officer at Mack Boring had a tough work assignment over the holiday season. Task? To run a Sabre 38 Salon Express outfitted with Yanmar engines and ZF pod, through the Bahamas with his family. Sounds like a fantastic adventure!
Mack Boring, a long time supplier for Sabre Yachts, is a supply chain partner for diesel and related products. Mack Boring and Yanmar approached Sabre Yachts because they needed a platform to couple their motor to a pod drive system. Yanmar is a manufacturer of Marine engines and marine transmissions for pleasure boat use in a range from 15 hp to 900 hp. Mack Boring worked with Sabre to install the system. The Sabre 38 Salon Express is a prototype of that collaboration.
Back to Patrick’s “task”….take the Sabre 38 Salon Express, Sabre’s newest model, and continue to test drive the ZF pod system with joystick control throughout the Bahamas over the holiday season. “We had many admirers of the 38’ along the way, including many who promised to look us up in Miami and take a closer look at the boat. Everyone said they are so happy to know you can now buy Yanmar’s in this model.” says Patrick McGovern, COO of Mack Boring.
He writes, “We had a great cruise, leaving from Port Lucaya Marina, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island on December 21st, 2012 and arriving at Treasure Cay Marina, Abaco Island. It was a 120 mile run with 4 adults and 3 children on board. All were very comfortable for the six hour run.”
The group stayed at Treasure Cay for 4 nights; from Treasure Cay they had a short run over to Green Turtle Club Resort and Marina on Great Abaco Island for a 3 night stay. This was their favorite stop, “very beautiful beaches, a great value, and a great feeling of remoteness to it all. “
Next stop was the Abaco Beach Resort and Marina, another 3 night stay. The group had a good time here, including a nice near year’s eve celebration prior to returning to Port Lucaya Marina on Grand Bahama Island the first of the New Year.
Patrick writes, I think this will be a winning package, we made it back to Port Lucaya in perfect running conditions the first 100 miles or so, cruising at 29-30 knots the whole way which was great.”