he Chesapeake bay is a gloriously beautiful body of water, but it can also be nasty. Some 15 knots of wind and a soaking rain nearly canceled my sea trial of the Sabre 45 Salon Express, given the bay’s shallow contours and an opposing tide and wind. Five minutes after we cleared the breakwater and opened up the throttles on the pair of 435 hp Volvo Penta D6 diesels coupled to IPS600 drives, the weather was an afterthought. The yacht’s modified-V hull form—with a 23-degree deadrise amidships and a 16-degree transom deadrise—flattened the bumps in a head sea and held steady in a beam sea, even when cranked to a wide-open throttle speed of 30.9 knots. Cruising at 23.5 knots (at 3,000 rpm while getting around 0.8 mpg), the ride was sip-your-coffee smooth. No doubt the Seakeeper gyro spinning belowdecks helped stabilize her, but the 45 Salon Express scored an A+ for seakeeping regardless.