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Old 01-17-2006, 12:39 PM
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I'm looking at a 1987 28' Saber with a single 454 (HP unknown) with a 25 pitch Mirage prop and Bravo One Drive. Has performance exhaust system (Gill/IMCO) and seems completely stock. Looking from an auction and have no prior info on boat. Is probably only in the lower to mid 50's if I had to guess. I know its tough to judge without a HP rating but anyone have some guesses? Also, what are some of the things you guys would recommend for pumping up the engine with some go fast goodies. I also have access to a 502 450HP engine, what would this drive accept as far as HP goes? Thanks for any input, MIKE.
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If its propped right with the 25 mirage+, it should run in the 65mph range. Keep in mind, this is assuming its spinning around 5000rpms with correct prop slip and has a 1.50 drive ratio. It would probably take forever to plane with the 3 blade prop and that heavy of a boat.
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I'd say 60-65 tops. Your 502 won't hurt the outdrive, only the driver can do that
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My opinion only - I don't think a 28 Saber will spin a 25" Mirage prop to the proper RPM range with a single 454 unless it is a very, very, very stout 454.
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My opinion only - I don't think a 28 Saber will spin a 25" Mirage prop to the proper RPM range with a single 454 unless it is a very, very, very stout 454.
I called the factory and talked to one of the brothers. He found the spec sheet for the boat and said that was the original setup for the 454 w/ 25 Mirage 3 blade but was not sure of the HP. He also said that he believed that the exhaust system had beed changed since it left the factory.
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pics pics pics where is this boat

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Is this the first one ??? All red gel ??? In Michigan ???
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There was a red one out here in Connecticut for a couple of years single engine.
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55-57mph
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I remember a red 28 Sabre at the Metro Boat Show around 1987 or so. I was impressed with the boat, and I remember it had a big block from Baker Engineering in it. That was a long time ago and most likely everything has changed since then.
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