May 2017 | Down East Yachting

Wendy: 20 years with Sabre Yachts

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Hi All,

2017’s anniversary series is something special, representing a combined total of five hundred and twenty-five years of boatbuilding experience at Sabre Yachts. Marking off twenty of those years is Wendy. Anyone who knows her will tell you that Wendy is a cornerstone of our Production Team, her pride in her work is matched only by our own pride in calling her a member of the Sabre Family. Our thanks to Wendy for an incredible twenty years of dedication and talent.

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

No matter what, do your best!

How honest are you?

Way too much.

What superpower would you like to have?

The ability to fly.

What’s your favorite book of all time?

Violets are Blue, by James Patterson

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

Going through cancer, twice.

If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

London, England.

What’s your favorite song of all time?

My Best Friend, by Tim McGraw

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

My mom and my sister. I would tell them how much I miss them.

What makes you proud?

The outcome of my work.

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

Listen to your mom!

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

Sunset in the Florida Keys.

What is your least favorite thing about the world today?

Poverty.

Name one thing that always makes you smile:

My friends and family.

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

School loans.

Nancy: 40 years with Sabre Yachts

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Hi All,

Our next anniversary interview features Sabre’s Chief Financial Officer, Nancy, who recently celebrated an impressive forty years at Sabre Yachts. Nancy joined Sabre in 1977, just seven years after the company was founded. Since that time, Nancy has been a cornerstone of our organization, and an essential factor in our overall success. There aren’t words to express the depth of Nancy’s contribution to Sabre Yachts, nor are there adequate words to communicate our gratitude. Our sincerest congratulations to Nancy, along with our deepest appreciation, respect, and gratitude.

If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

I would go on a safari in Africa.

Would you rather be deaf or blind?

Blind – I need to listen to music.

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

My dad, I’d tell him how much I miss him.

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

The aurora borealis.

What makes you proud?

Seeing how my daughter turned out.

Tell me about your earliest childhood memory:

I was walking down the street to go to kindergarten.

How honest are you?

Pretty honest.

What super power would you like to have?

Invisibility.

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

Don’t worry so much and have more fun.

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

Its diversity.

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

My husband who was funny, patient, and loving.

What’s your favorite song of all time?

Life is a Highway, by Tom Cochrane. It always makes me want to dance.

Is it ever okay to break the rules?

Not really.

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

I’d give most of it to charities.

Sabre 45 Shakedown Cruise

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We just wanted to take a moment to tell you about our first real cruise aboard Q.E.D.

We were out 9 days going from Stuart Corinthian Yacht Club to Fort Lauderdale, Ocean Reef, and Miami Beach. While we were concerned about taking a brand new boat, we were confident that help was close by should any problem arise. Nothing of significance did.

She exceeded all our expectations in every way. We had several passages with very confused seas such that some of the bigger boats decided to duck into the ICW. Not us. We led a group of the boats on one of the tough days and she performed better than we could have hoped. But it was not just underway that she was terrific. From cocktails aboard one night when we had 18 people who all decided the cockpit was the place to hang out to quiet dinners for the two of us, everything worked in an outstanding manner.

So many simple design items made the trip really fun and rewarding. We keep finding more and more space for storage and had aboard enough food for a month or more. And that did not include the storage for certain adult beverages that were consumed.

Everyone who came aboard raved about the fit and finish. The little touches such as the woodwork in the entire boat and particularly the curved headers on doors and around the helm area make the boat a piece of high grade furniture that is better than we have ever seen other than on other Sabre’s.

At the end of the trip, we have to search to find anything that did not work as designed. We only added a few items like two drawer latches that need adjustment!

We cannot thank all of you enough for the outstanding job everyone at Sabre has done to bring this project to completion in such an outstanding manner.

We hope you sell more than a hundred of these!

Shelly and Naomi

Lessons in Infusion – the Maine Wind Blade Challenge

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Each year, teams of Maine high school students compete to design and create energy producing wind blades in the Maine Wind Blade Challenge. The challenge is hosted by UMaine each year as a part of the STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Back Cove Yachts is proud to join educators and our fellow manufacturers in making this possible for Maine students.

Through a hands-on process that includes design, engineering, and manufacturing components, students create a set of wind blades that will go on to be tested in a day long challenge against other teams across the state. Back Cove Yachts aids local high school students in the manufacturing phase. Specifically, facilitating the resin infusion process. Beyond making it possible for local students to participate in the challenge, the opportunity to share our knowledge and expertise is especially valuable.

When the manufacturing process is completed, the student teams will test their designs to determine which blades produce the most energy in 3 minutes or less. In addition, each team is required to present and explain their design, outlining their decision-making process and research.