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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

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

“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!

Bruce: 10 Years with Sabre Yachts

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Hi All,

Our second ‘work-iversary’ post features Bruce, who recently celebrated ten years with Sabre Yachts. As we’ve mentioned previously, the Sabre Yachts Team has a number of multiple-generation families: Bruce and his son Neal are among them. We owe our industry-leading reputation, as well our team’s positivity and enthusiasm, to craftspeople like Bruce – who can always be counted on for a helping hand, and a smile. Sabre would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Bruce, and our sincere congratulations.

Tell me about your best childhood friend:

His name is Jeff. He got me into more trouble than any other friend I ever had! All good memories.

How honest are you?

I’m not a liar. Although, with young kids or old parents, it doesn’t hurt to bend the truth sometimes.

What in your opinion is the best thing about humanity?

We keep going. We’ve got to.

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

Taking my parents driving rights away.

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

Look out for your future. Start saving early and don’t smoke.

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

That’s a hard one. Either the view from the top of the Alps in Austria, the Grand Canyon, or Haleakala Volcano in Maui, Hawaii. If I had to pick one, I think I would go with the Grand Canyon.

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

That would be my grandmother on my mother’s side.

Bruce with his children around 1998 – Today, Bruce’s son Neal also works at Sabre Yachts

Tell me about an embarrassing moment:

Diving into a pool, but taking two screen doors, frame and all, with me!

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

How to take advantage of learning from your mistakes, and I’ll have plenty of them. Do as I say, not as I do!

What do you cook when no one else is home?

I usually cook for the moment.

What is your dream car?

Mid-to-late 50’s Thunderbird, silver.

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

I would invest it, but only after getting that Thunderbird!

Pepsi or Coke?

Moxie beats all!

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

The guitar, but I have no musical talent.

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

I don’t know; I think they know everything. My son, Neal, works here as well and he gives away all my secrets.

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

I think the most important things were to be social, take in as much knowledge as you can, and have fun.

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

It would be any of my four grandparents, and I’d just like to have a good chat.

What superpower would you like to have?

The ability to fly.

What’s your favorite song of all time?

‘Imagine,’ by John Lennon. Good song!

Is it ever okay to break the rules?

Columbus took a chance…

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

Of course, how could I forget – always wear clean underwear!

Bruce: 10 Years with Sabre Yachts

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Hi All,

Our second ‘work-iversary’ post features Bruce, who recently celebrated ten years with Sabre Yachts. As we’ve mentioned previously, the Sabre Yachts Team has a number of multiple-generation families: Bruce and his son Neal are among them. We owe our industry-leading reputation, as well our team’s positivity and enthusiasm, to craftspeople like Bruce – who can always be counted on for a helping hand, and a smile. Sabre would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Bruce, and our sincere congratulations.

Tell me about your best childhood friend:

His name is Jeff. He got me into more trouble than any other friend I ever had! All good memories.

How honest are you?

I’m not a liar. Although, with young kids or old parents, it doesn’t hurt to bend the truth sometimes.

What in your opinion is the best thing about humanity?

We keep going. We’ve got to.

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

Taking my parents driving rights away.

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

Look out for your future. Start saving early and don’t smoke.

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

That’s a hard one. Either the view from the top of the Alps in Austria, the Grand Canyon, or Haleakala Volcano in Maui, Hawaii. If I had to pick one, I think I would go with the Grand Canyon.

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

That would be my grandmother on my mother’s side.

Bruce with his children around 1998 – Today, Bruce’s son Neal also works at Sabre Yachts

Tell me about an embarrassing moment:

Diving into a pool, but taking two screen doors, frame and all, with me!

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

How to take advantage of learning from your mistakes, and I’ll have plenty of them. Do as I say, not as I do!

What do you cook when no one else is home?

I usually cook for the moment.

What is your dream car?

Mid-to-late 50’s Thunderbird, silver.

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

I would invest it, but only after getting that Thunderbird!

Pepsi or Coke?

Moxie beats all!

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

The guitar, but I have no musical talent.

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

I don’t know; I think they know everything. My son, Neal, works here as well and he gives away all my secrets.

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

I think the most important things were to be social, take in as much knowledge as you can, and have fun.

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

It would be any of my four grandparents, and I’d just like to have a good chat.

What superpower would you like to have?

The ability to fly.

What’s your favorite song of all time?

‘Imagine,’ by John Lennon. Good song!

Is it ever okay to break the rules?

Columbus took a chance…

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

Of course, how could I forget – always wear clean underwear!

We’re Going Back To School, Sort Of.

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Hi All,

As those of you who have visited our factory will know, ‘good enough’ is never good enough for the Back Cove Team. In typical Downeast fashion, we recognize that there’s always room to be even better, and that’s where our latest project comes in. We’re starting a program of informational sessions designed to promote a comprehensive understanding of our design and production process among our craftspeople and associates.

These information sessions are open to all Back Cove team members, and our first few have covered Hardware Types and Usage, and Composite Cores and Bonding. In each session and a member of our team will present a topic in which they are the expert, sharing not only their knowledge but also the whys and wherefores. For those attending, the sessions provide an inside look at our larger design and manufacturing systems, allowing everyone to work together more efficiently and with greater understanding.

We’ll keep you in the loop regarding topics, questions, and items of interest!

Best,

Jamie LB Governale

P.S. – if you want to be sure you’re getting all the latest info and updates from Back Cove Yachts, Subscribe to our Blog and follow us on Facebook.

We’re Going Back To School, Sort Of.

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Hi All,

As those of you who have visited our factory will know, ‘good enough’ is never good enough for the Back Cove Team. In typical Downeast fashion, we recognize that there’s always room to be even better, and that’s where our latest project comes in. We’re starting a program of informational sessions designed to promote a comprehensive understanding of our design and production process among our craftspeople and associates.

These information sessions are open to all Back Cove team members, and our first few have covered Hardware Types and Usage, and Composite Cores and Bonding. In each session and a member of our team will present a topic in which they are the expert, sharing not only their knowledge but also the whys and wherefores. For those attending, the sessions provide an inside look at our larger design and manufacturing systems, allowing everyone to work together more efficiently and with greater understanding.

We’ll keep you in the loop regarding topics, questions, and items of interest!

Best,

Jamie LB Governale

P.S. – if you want to be sure you’re getting all the latest info and updates from Back Cove Yachts, Subscribe to our Blog and follow us on Facebook.

David: 20 Years with Sabre Yachts

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Welcome to the Sabre Yachts Work-iversary series for 2017! We’re kicking off the new year with David as he celebrates twenty years with Sabre Yachts! As we mentioned in a previous post, we’re marking off five hundred and twenty-five years of boatbuilding experience in 2017, and could never have dreamed of such a remarkable milestone without craftspeople like David. He has our sincerest thanks and gratitude.

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

Go into the Navy.

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

My mother and my grandmothers.

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

I would talk to my brother.

Would you rather be deaf or blind?

Deaf.

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

Delivering my son.

What’s your favorite dessert?

My wife makes the best peanut butter cookies.

What do you cook when no one else is home?

Steaks on the grill.

What are you best at?

Getting along with people.

What are you most proud of?

My children.

What is your theme song, and why?

The Gael, by Dougie MacLean. It comes from his 1990 album ‘The Search,’ and it’s the theme in the movie ‘The Last of the Mohicans.’

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

How to cook.

What’s your favorite book of all time?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I love the movie adaptations as well; I have to watch whenever they are playing.

How honest are you?

I’m honest to a fault.

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

I’ll probably tell them about how dumb their grandfather has been at times.

What super power would you like to have?

I’d like to fly.

What is your dream car?

’68 Shelby Cobra

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

I would say our ability to get along with each other, for the most part anyway.

Is it ever okay to break the rules?

Yes.

If you could learn any instrument what would you play?

I would like to play the bass.

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

Happy, I guess.

What’s your favorite song of all time?

Pretty much anything by Bob Dylan. If I had to choose one, it would be ‘Gotta Serve Somebody.’

What’s up in 2017?

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Hi All,

Welcome to Back Cove Yachts’ 2017 blog series! As our monthly newsletter subscribers will know, we’re not stinting on the resolutions this year! (If you don’t receive our monthly newsletter you can follow this link to sign up.) In keeping with our many goals we wanted to provide our readers with some fun facts about what’s up at Back Cove Yachts in 2017.

-Jamie LB Governale

Features from the ‘Line’ in 2017:

Downeast 37 – We’re kicking off 2017 with a run of Back Cove Downeast 37s. Keep an eye out during the upcoming boating season and you may catch sight of this iconic Back Cove yacht in a harbor near you!

Want more information on the Back Cove Downeast 37?

Back Cove 32 – Out newest model will continue to take the world by storm this year. And we do mean ‘the world’ in the literal sense, as the Back Cove 32 will make her way to Australia for the first time in 2017.

Request more information about the new Back Cove 32.

**Please Note – these models were selected as features, they do NOT represent the full lineup of Back Cove Yachts scheduled for production in 2017.

Out and About with the Back Cove Family:

Back Cove is proud of our close-knit community here in midcoast Maine, and we’re especially proud of our young men and women. In 2017 we plan to continue our involvement with local educational programs including the JMG organization, a nonprofit that offers education and support to young adults as they transfer through high school and on to undergraduate studies and/or successful career pathways.
We also have a full lineup of community events this coming year, including the Rockland Main Street Summer Solstice Festival, and the Maine Lobster Festival Parade! – Keep an eye out on Facebook and Instagram for more updates.

Celebrating our Craftspeople:

Followers of this blog will know that last year we introduced our ‘Work-iversary’ series, where we interview craftspeople reaching anniversary milestones with Back Cove. This year is a special year for this project, and here’s why:

  1. We will celebrate twelve ‘Work-iversaries’ in 2017.
  2. Those milestones will range from five years to twenty-five years, representing a twenty-year spread.
  3. The average tenure of craftspeople celebrating anniversaries this year is eleven-and-a-half years.
  4. Finally, these associates represent a combined total of one hundred and thirty-five years of boatbuilding experience at Back Cove Yachts.

If that doesn’t blow you away, you need to re-read the list! We couldn’t be more proud of our associates, they are the heart and soul of Back Cove Yachts, and we’re so excited to celebrate with them.