November 2016 | Down East Yachting

Peter: 20 Years with Sabre Yachts

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This time around we interviewed Peter, who just celebrated twenty years with Sabre Yachts. Beginning as a member of our Production Team, today Peter holds the position of Safety & Environmental Manager. In this position Peter is responsible for ensuring that all of our equipment, procedures, and work spaces are “up to code,” so that the entire Sabre Yachts team can remain safe and healthy. Most recently, Peter organized a training session with our local fire department, to educate all office and shop associates in prevention practices and the proper use of fire extinguishers. We’re privileged to have people like Peter on the Sabre Team, and we’d like to congratulate him on twenty years of dedication.

Do you have a lucky number?

33. It’s my son’s high school football jersey number.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

Alaska, for the nature and the solitude.

If you could learn any instrument what would you play?

I’ve always wanted to play the guitar. I tried for a little while, but it didn’t take.

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

The army was difficult, but it definitely made me better.

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

Don’t take things so seriously, and you don’t have to know it all.

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

My grandkids, they always make me smile.

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

My wife.

What do you cook when no one else is home?

I don’t.

What’s your dream car?

1970 Buick GSX Stage I

If you had to sell everything you owned, and could only keep one thing, what would you keep and why?

I would keep my dad’s 30-06 Mauser. He built it with my Grandfather.

What is your theme song?

The theme from the movie Jaws! I’m only half joking – people always think I’m trying to catch them doing something unsafe in the shop.

What’s the most important thing you learned in school?

Hard work really does pay off.

What’s your favorite book of all time?

A Warden’s Worry, by Randall Probert. I love that deep-nature peace and solitude. We have a camp on Chesuncook Lake, and we go up with the family several times a year.

Tell me about your earliest childhood memory:

When I was about two years old I fell out of my highchair. I got a black eye when I hit the corner of the table.

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

Return to Macon County – 1975, with Nick Nolte and Don Johnson

Tell me about someone who is your hero:

My father is my hero. I didn’t realize it until he was gone.

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What super power would you like to have?

I have always wanted to fly. I used to dream about flying a plane when I was a kid, and I always wanted to be a pilot.

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

Compassion. I remember right after 9/11, everyone came together despite their differences, and supported each other.

What’s your favorite desert?

Apple Pie

What’s your favorite song of all time?

“I Love” by Tom T. Hall. What can I say, it’s the little things in life.

Is it ever okay to break the rules?

Rules should be applied with common sense. No rule is absolute 100% of the time.

What’s your least favorite thing about the world today?

Politics.

When you’re 80 what story will you tell your grandchildren?

I will tell them all the embarrassing things their parents did.

Where would you go in a time machine?

I love history. I would visit all of the pivotal times in the past, and I’d visit relatives when they were young. I wouldn’t necessarily want to change anything, just observe and see how things really were.

Would you rather be deaf or blind?

I’d rather be blind. We tend to judge based on appearance.

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Brandon Taps Cancer Out

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The Back Cove Family is a special, diverse, and varied group – including owners, associates, crafts-people, and the friends and ambassadors of the Back Cove brand. Like all families, we take great pride in the triumphs and accomplishments of our family members – and we share them with everyone we can.

Designer Kevin Burns presents Brandon with his certificate

Brandon, a member of the Back Cove Yachts production team, is no exception. Recently completing an intra-company internship with our Design and Engineering departments, Brandon showed a distinct aptitude for 3D drafting and rendering. He was presented with a certificate of achievement, along with the thanks and congratulations of the Design and Engineering departments, at Back Cove’s late summer quarterly meeting (depicted above).

Tap Cancer Out BJJ Tournament

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Fourth-Annual Massachusetts Tap Cancer Out BJJ Open

But that’s certainly not all! Brandon has been busy outside of Back Cove as well, winning second place in the fourth annual Massachusetts Tap Cancer Out BJJ Open martial arts tournament. Brandon trains at Flow Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, in Camden, and has participated in the Tap Cancer Out tournament for the last several years. As a cancer survivor himself, the tournament, and especially this year’s win, are particularly important to Brandon.

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Brandon in training at Flow Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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Brandon and his fellow members of the Back Cove team

True to his character, Brandon doesn’t make a secret of his status as a cancer survivor. His openness makes him a source of inspiration and hope for others, especially in conjunction with his achievements, both within Back Cove and without. In that light, the Tap Cancer Out organization is a perfect fit. Tap Cancer Out is a jiu-jitsu based nonprofit raising awareness and funds for cancer research organizations on behalf of the grappling community. They organize many tournaments across the country, and this year’s Massachusetts Open attracted 350 grapplers and raised more than $85,000.

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Back Cove President, Jason Constantine, congratulates Brandon

We’re thrilled to congratulate Brandon in particular, and all the competitors in general, on their hard work and dedication. Our thanks and congratulations to the Tap Cancer Out organization as well, for their continued efforts on behalf of cancer research – Back Cove Yachts is proud to support such a great cause.

Brandon Taps Cancer Out

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The Back Cove Family is a special, diverse, and varied group – including owners, associates, crafts-people, and the friends and ambassadors of the Back Cove brand. Like all families, we take great pride in the triumphs and accomplishments of our fellow members – and we share them with everyone we can.

Brandon receiving his internship certificate

Brandon, a member of the Back Cove Yachts production team, is no exception. To start with, Brandon recently completed an intra-company internship with our Design and Engineering Department, a huge accomplishment in and of itself, in which he showed a distinct aptitude for 3D drafting and rendering.

Tap Cancer Out BJJ Tournament

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Tap Cancer Out

But that’s certainly not all! Brandon has been busy outside of Back Cove as well, winning second place in the fourth annual Massachusetts ‘Tap Cancer Out’ BJJ Open martial arts tournament. Brandon has participated in the Tap Cancer Out tournament for the last several years, and we’re thrilled to celebrate his success with him.

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Brandon in training

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Brandon and his fellow members of the Back Cove team

Tap Cancer Out is a jiu-jitsu based nonprofit raising awareness and funds for cancer research organizations on behalf of the grappling community. They organize many tournaments across the country, and this year’s Massachusetts Open attracted 350 grapplers and raised more than $85,000. Thanks to Brandon, Back Cove Yachts has had the privilege of supporting Tap Cancer Out for the last several years.

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Congratulations, Brandon!

Congratulations to Brandon, the other contestants, and to the Tap Cancer Out organization as a whole for another year and another job well done!

Diane – 15 years with Sabre Yachts

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Diane recently celebrated 15 yeas with Sabre Yachts, and in those years she has done just about everything. Currently Diane builds all berths for each Sabre model, including the new 45 berth that includes a new motorized lift in the lid. She’s also spent time working in lamination, gelcoat repair, and has even pitched in cleaning bathrooms when the need arose. We’re incredibly lucky to have dedicated team players like Diane here at Sabre Yachts, an we are so grateful for her time and her commitment.

Do you have a lucky number?

13. I like things that are supposed to be bad luck; the number 13, walking under a ladder, a black cat crossing my path – they’re good luck to me.

If you could go anywhere where would you go?

Scotland.

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

Raising my children – I’m more proud of them than I am of anything else.

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

A double rainbow over a scene of mountains at sunset.

What’s your dream car?

1964 Mustang Convertible

Pepsi or Coke?

Pepsi – but really Schweppes Ginger Ale.

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

I gave my soul to God when I was 6 years old.

What’s your theme song and why?

Live and Let Die, because that’s what we do.

What’s your favorite book?

The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolken

Tell me about your best childhood friend:

Her name was Vicki, her birthday was on Halloween, and she was the only girl of nine kids.

Tell me about your earliest childhood memory:

Age 2, walking under the horses in the barn.

What movie, no matter how often you’ve seen it, do you have to watch whenever it’s on?

The original Ten Commandments, and The Wizard of Oz.

Tell me about someone who is your hero:

My dad. He was born in 1922, served in World War II, and always knew how to make me smile. He’s the person who has had the most impact on my life.

What super power would you like to have?

I’d like to read people’s minds.

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

Our willingness to help others.

Tell me about an embarrassing moment:

On a date, we went out to dinner and I accidentally took my date’s fork while mine was in my other hand.

What’s your favorite dessert?

Strawberry Cheesecake

What’s your favorite song?

The Old Rugged Cross

Is it ever okay to break the rules?

Yes.

Where would you go in a time machine?

The old west, or America in the 1300s

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

My Grandson – I’d let him know that he is always loved and missed.

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