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Sadler 34

Brief details


Sadler Yachts Ltd., Poole, Dorset.

The Sadler 34 was designed in 1983 by Martin Sadler, as a bigger replacement for the Sadler 32, which was a 1979 design by David Sadler, in turn intended to improve on his earlier Contessa 32 design. With this lineage, the Sadler 34 is inevitably a fast, seaworthy yacht, with vice-free handling. The hulls are filled with rigid polyurethane foam between an inner and outer moulding, rendering the hulls unsinkable.


34' 9"

Sail area

660 sq ft main and genoa


27' 10"




10' 9"




fin 5' 10", shallow fin 4' 8", bilge keel 4' 0"




12,800 lbs


usually a Bukh diesel


5,000 lbs



Keel type

Three standard keel options, deep and shallow fins or bilge keels, though a very few boats had centreboards fitted inside shallow 3' 6" draft fin keels. Some later boats had redesigned deep fin keels, with a lower CG, older boats may have this retro-fitted.

Over a fourteen year production run about 250 were built, the design being built with a variety of keel options, including options of shallow or deep fin keels, bilge keels or a centreboard. The 34SE designation on some later boats was an upgrade to the fitout and equipment specification - the hulls and rigs are identical.

Although the brochure for the design claimed up to nine berths, (which are there if you really like a crowd) most would now regard this as a boat for four to six at most.

'Yachting Monthly' boat-tested the Sadler 34 design in 1984 (in a Force 7-8) and commented "....We raced at 8 knots or so on a broad reach. With the wind hovering in the low force 7’s, she stormed along in fine style, with an easy pressure and good response on the helm" and "...when the wind rose to the mid-8s, we rolled the jib to No 4 size before coming on the wind .... she was now consistently light and perfectly balanced with a delightful feel" and "..... her motion through the water put one in mind of larger yachts". It may be of significance that the YM editor who reviewed the design subsequently bought one himself!


The wooden panel above the seating on the port side of the saloon, hinges down to form a pilot berth. Some Sadler 34s had this arrangement on both sides of the saloon, creating a nominal nine berths.

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Above: the galley has twin sinks, a deep refrigerated icebox, and good storage and working area.

Left: Most Sadler 34s were fitted with raw water cooled Bukh diesels.

The aft cabin berth was described by the builders as a double, but it is a pretty small odd-shaped double, with the head of the engine casing encroaching on the inboard side. It makes a very spacious 6' 6" long single berth though!

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Many of these boats were used by sailing schools and charter companies, and hence may have had a hard life.