May 2016 | Down East Yachting

Kevin: 10 years with Back Cove & Sabre Yachts

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As Vice President of Design and Product Development, Kevin’s time with Back Cove Yachts and Sabre Yachts has been a busy succession of one project, and one innovation, after another. Ten years ago Kevin “hit the ground running” designing for Back Cove Yachts, and would begin designing for Sabre not long after. Today, with projects like the Sabre 66 Dirigo and the new Back Cove 32, it’s doesn’t look as if he plans to stop running any time soon. Lucky for us, Kevin made time to satisfy our curiosity in this anniversary interview. Our thanks and congratulations to Kevin, from your fellow members of the Back Cove & Sabre Yachts Team.

What has changed the most since you started designing for Back Cove?

The power of the design tools we have, and our teams’ internal ability to use those tools has advanced exponentially.

If you could send a message back through time your younger self what would you say?

“Kevin, you will live past 28 – the long view is important.”

Tell me about the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen:

Some years ago, I was traveling with a colleague in Washington State. We took a side trip up into the hills above the Skagit River and, after a short hike, came to a precipice overlooking the tulip farms below us. It was surreal seeing the huge fields of different colored flowers in neat patches spread out over the valley. Fun to see the natural world and the human world come together in such a spectacularly pretty way.

Tell me about the person who has impacted your life the most:

Pretty sure my wife holds this title.

What are you best at?

I can cut a mean paper snowflake.

What are you most proud of?

My children. They are both so kind and thoughtful and interesting.

Tell me one thing that none of your coworkers know about you:

I was really into BMX racing in the 80’s.

What is your theme song, and why?

U2 – Where the Streets Have No Name. When I was in the service, a group of us went skydiving. Someone took video of the day and edited it with this song as the soundtrack and it stuck with me.

What’s something your mother taught you that you’ve never forgotten?

How to fold a fitted sheet.

What’s your favorite book of all time?

The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand. I read that book while I was a college student, and it was the first time I felt personally challenged by a novel. It was the elevation of competence that really appealed to me – and the challenge was “are you going to be competent in life or are you not?”. There was a hero who was creative and productive and capable and ethical – it was inspirational to me as a young man.

Tell me about someone who is your hero:

Archimedes has greatly influenced my life.

What super power would you like to have?

The ability to pause time.

What, in your opinion, is the best thing about humanity?


Tell me about an embarrassing moment:

I walked into a (very clean) plate glass door on a 50 meter tri-deck yacht during the Ft. Lauderdale boat show many years ago…left a face-print and everything.

What’s your favorite song of all time?

Impossible question. Instead of answering, I’ll open my iTunes and tell you the first song to pop up: Queen/David Bowie – Under Pressure.

When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?

Space Ship Designer

Where would you go in a time machine?

I’d like to see where we will be in 200 years.

What would you hope to see in 2216?

I’d hope to see us having broken through the sustainable energy ceiling – there aren’t many problems with the world currently that couldn’t be solved by our having the ability to produce cheap electricity in a way that doesn’t contribute to degrading the human environment. Sustainable energy is like money – It can’t buy you love, but having enough sure makes life easier.

If you could talk to someone who has passed away, who would you talk to and what would you say?

My Grandfather, and I would choose to listen.


Mike: 20 Years with Sabre Yachts

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Cobblestones Playing Norway

We love featuring our talented and hard-working associates on this blog, and Mike is no exception. This week, Mike celebrated his twentieth anniversary with Sabre Yachts, and while he’s usually pretty busy making sure every Sabre is in top form before it leaves our Raymond factory, he agreed to take some time and answer our questions. Mike’s excellent work is no surprise to us after twenty years, but we were intrigued to learn that Mike is a twin, a fan of Eva Cassidy, and plays the guitar. Everyone here at Sabre would like to offer Mike our thanks and congratulations on twenty awesome years!

If you could learn any instrument, what would you play?

I play guitar but wish I could play better…I’m a member of a band: (Pardon my shameless plug!)

Tell me about something that was difficult, but made you a better person?

Years ago I got the position of Customer Service Representative at Sabre. That was very challenging at first. I had to completely leave my comfort zone. It was rewarding but at times stressful. I grew into it. My hat’s off to Tucker, Glen and Jen.

If you could send a message back through time your younger self what would you say?

Bullies are going to regret their behavior. They won’t come to class reunions.

What movie, no matter how many times you’ve seen it, do you have to watch every time it’s on?

Oh jeez that would have to be “Fargo”.

What super power would you like to have?

The power to push slow drivers into the breakdown lane.

Tell me about the person who has impacted your life the most:

My fraternal twin brother Mark. Together we survived Parochial grade school and played in bands. He’s always been there for his family. We’ve shared some of life’s worst moments and some of the best. And besides that, everything I have, I borrowed from him!

What are you best at?

I hope that I’m best at listening. People need to share things and someone must listen.

What’s your favorite book of all time?

“Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer. It’s a true account of a disaster on Mount Everest in 1996. As soon as I finished the last page, I turned to page one and started reading it again.

Tell me about your earliest childhood memory:

Sitting in our living room with my sister in a pair of rocking chairs listening to her Motown and Beatles records.

What’s your favorite song of all time?

“Autumn Leaves” by Eva Cassidy. I don’t understand how anyone could listen to it and not get a lump in their throat.

Name one thing that always makes you smile, no matter what:

When my wife gives me directions in the car. I’m terrible with directions and I’ll admit that. She’s a little better than me. We argue very politely and it’s funny.

If you won a million dollars what would you spend it on?

My wife would donate to animal shelters and causes. I’d pay off my daughter’s student loans, share some with family and put the rest away for retirement.

Where would you go in a time machine?

Blues Alley, Georgetown, Maryland on January 3rd, 1996. I’d watch Eva Cassidy perform.

Mike at Harrington's Marina