Best Boats 2015 Fountaine Pajot Saba 50
Most notable on the Saba 50 is how outdoor social spaces have been maximized without raising the boat’s profile or unduly prejudicing its handling or performance. A full-width bench seat in the cockpit that can comfortably seat eight or even 10 in a pinch nicely complements a full-size dining table that seats six to eight. Up on the hard targa top there’s an expanded low-profile sun lounge, plus another behind the bow just forward of the cabinhouse. These are both elegant but minimalist spaces that do a great job of increasing comfort without also increasing weight. Meanwhile, the helm station, offset and only slightly raised to starboard, makes it possible for one or two active crew to easily manage the boat and interact with guests without actually disturbing them. Line runs are neatly concentrated just forward of the wheel, with lots of space for handling and stowing line tails, and the helmsperson has an unimpeded view of the sails.