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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.

Tyler: 5 years with Sabre Yachts

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Hi All,

Next in our anniversary series is Tyler, who recently reached his first seniority milestone – 5 years with Sabre Yachts. While Tyler may be a ‘young gun’ in this year’s roundup of anniversaries, he is nevertheless an excellent craftsman in our lamination department and a sterling example of team spirit and dedication. Our thanks to Tyler for this first five years, and best wishes for many more as a member of the Sabre Family!

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

A monsoon storm in the desert.

Is it ever okay to break the rules?

All the time!

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

Politics.

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

My grandfather. He is my everything; he’s my outdoors buddy.

What are you best at?

Problem-solving.

What’s your favorite book of all time?

The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton.

What super power would you like to have?

Money.

Tell me about your best childhood friend:

Jason – He’s very outgoing, always there for me, and full of positivity. He’ll never let you down.

If you could learn any instrument what would you play?

The harmonica.

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

A cop.

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

All of them.

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

I don’t kiss and tell…

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

A camp in the woods.

If you could talk to someone, who has passed away who would you speak to and why?

My Uncle Bob. I’d ask about the future of our camp.

Tyler (L) with fellow members of the Sabre Production Team celebrating the 100th Sabre 48.

Tyler: 5 years with Sabre Yachts

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Hi All,

Next in our anniversary series is Tyler, who recently reached his first seniority milestone – 5 years with Sabre Yachts. While Tyler may be a ‘young gun’ in this year’s roundup of anniversaries, he is nevertheless an excellent craftsman in our lamination department and a sterling example of team spirit and dedication. Our thanks to Tyler for this first five years, and best wishes for many more as a member of the Sabre Family!

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

A monsoon storm in the desert.

Is it ever okay to break the rules?

All the time!

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

Politics.

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

My grandfather. He is my everything; he’s my outdoors buddy.

What are you best at?

Problem-solving.

What’s your favorite book of all time?

The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton.

What super power would you like to have?

Money.

Tell me about your best childhood friend:

Jason – He’s very outgoing, always there for me, and full of positivity. He’ll never let you down.

If you could learn any instrument what would you play?

The harmonica.

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

A cop.

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

All of them.

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

I don’t kiss and tell…

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

A camp in the woods.

If you could talk to someone, who has passed away who would you speak to and why?

My Uncle Bob. I’d ask about the future of our camp.

Tyler (L) with fellow members of the Sabre Production Team celebrating the 100th Sabre 48.

Frank: 25 years with Sabre Yachts

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Hi All,

We’re celebrating Frank’s twenty-fifth anniversary at Sabre Yachts – a very impressive milestone, especially because only seventeen current associates (of our one-hundred and fifty total) have reached this anniversary! Frank’s dedication is exemplary, and we appreciate every moment of his twenty-five years.

2007

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

Raising a child at a young age. I had to grow up fast.

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

My house, you would freeze in Maine otherwise.

Where would you go in a time machine?

100 years into the future.

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

How to cook for myself.

Tell me about your best childhood friend:

Billy – he would make you laugh until you cried.

Is it ever okay to break the rules?

If you’re the one who makes the rules.

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

How I met their grandmother.

2012

What’s your favorite book of all time?

Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut.

Tell me about your earliest childhood memory:

Watching Johnny Carson with Grandma.

How honest are you?

Too honest.

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

Math. I can keep track of how many beers are in the fridge!

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

That it’s still around.

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

I talk to my father all the time.

Would you rather be deaf or blind?

Deaf. My wife says I’m deaf already.

1997

Frank: 25 years with Sabre Yachts

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Hi All,

We’re celebrating Frank’s twenty-fifth anniversary at Sabre Yachts – a very impressive milestone, especially because only seventeen current associates (of our one-hundred and fifty total) have reached this anniversary! Frank’s dedication is exemplary, and we appreciate every moment of his twenty-five years.

2007

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

Raising a child at a young age. I had to grow up fast.

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

My house, you would freeze in Maine otherwise.

Where would you go in a time machine?

100 years into the future.

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

How to cook for myself.

Tell me about your best childhood friend:

Billy – he would make you laugh until you cried.

Is it ever okay to break the rules?

If you’re the one who makes the rules.

What’s your favorite thing about the world today?

Lack of patriotism.

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

How I met their grandmother.

2012

What’s your favorite book of all time?

Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut.

Tell me about your earliest childhood memory:

Watching Johnny Carson with Grandma.

How honest are you?

Too honest.

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

Math. I can keep track of how many beers are in the fridge!

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

That it’s still around.

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

I talk to my father all the time.

Would you rather be deaf or blind?

Deaf. My wife says I’m deaf already.

1997

“The boat just ate ’em up” – Sabre 45 Sea Trial

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Sabre 45 Salon Express hull 001

Hi All,

Our Engineering Team is onboard the Sabre 45 conducting her first sea trial – what follows is a direct transcript of their comments.

“Very smooth running hull… Excellent!”

“27.5 knots at 3250 rpm continuous cruise… 35 gallons per hour.”

“Out and in, Jupiter Inlet with waves stacked, the boat just ate ’em up. Amazing!”

“Wide Open Throttle – 32 knots, 44 gallons per hour, at 3600 rpm with T3’s”

Sabre 45 Hull 001 Sea Trial

“She’s attracting a lot of onlookers!”

“72 dBA at cruise, 75 dBA at wide open throttle.”

“94 percent load at rated 3500 rpm…”

“Very solid bottom.”

First Sea Trail of Sabre 45 Salon Expres

“Feels very solid… Dave’s ecstatic.”

Find out more about the Sabre 45 Salon Express!

“The boat just ate ’em up” – Sabre 45 Sea Trial

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Sabre 45 Salon Express hull 001

Hi All,

Our Engineering Team is onboard the Sabre 45 conducting her first sea trial – what follows is a direct transcript of their comments.

“Very smooth running hull… Excellent!”

“27.5 knots at 3250 rpm continuous cruise… 35 gallons per hour.”

“Out and in, Jupiter Inlet with waves stacked, the boat just ate ’em up. Amazing!”

“Wide Open Throttle – 32 knots, 44 gallons per hour, at 3600 rpm with T3’s”

Sabre 45 Hull 001 Sea Trial

“She’s attracting a lot of onlookers!”

“72 dBA at cruise, 75 dBA at wide open throttle.”

“94 percent load at rated 3500 rpm…”

“Very solid bottom.”

First Sea Trail of Sabre 45 Salon Expres

“Feels very solid… Dave’s ecstatic.”

Find out more about the Sabre 45 Salon Express!