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David: 20 Years with Sabre Yachts


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.’ 

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What’s up in 2017?


Hi All,

Welcome to Sabre Yachts 2017 blog series! As our Sabre Spirit 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 Sabre Yachts in 2017.

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We’re thrilled to announce two new appointments at Sabre this year:

  Aaron Crawford has been promoted to President, in addition to retaining his responsibilities as Chief Operations Officer. Aaron brings more than twenty years of manufacturing, design, and engineering experience to his new role, the last seven of which have been with Sabre Yachts. Aaron is an experienced boater and lives on the coast of Maine with his wife and two daughters.
  Glenn Campbell has taken over as Head of Engineering at Sabre. Glenn has been an integral member of our engineering team since 1997 and has contributed to more than fifteen new models in that time. Glenn received a BS in Industrial Technology from the University of Southern Maine and initially joined the Sabre engineering team as an intern while he was completing his degree. 

 

Keep an eye out for the latest additions to Sabre’s lineup:

The Sabre 45 Salon Express will make her official debut at the 2017 *Palm Beach Boat Show, running from March 23-26, in West Palm Beach, FL. Stay connected on our Facebook page to receive production updates, and follow @sabreyachts on Instagram for live updates from all of our shows and events.

 

UPDATE: Unfortunately, the Sabre 45 Salon Expres will not be present at the Palm Beach Boat Show.

Last year we debuted the Sabre 66 Dirigo in a Salon Express model. This year she will be joined by her sister, the Sabre 66 Fly Bridge. Dirigo is the Maine state motto, and translates from Latin to mean ‘I Lead.’ As anyone who has seen her will recognize, the Sabre 66 is certainly a leader in her class. 

 

Our craftspeople are blowing us away in 2017:

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

  1. We will celebrate more than thirty ‘Work-iversaries’ in 2017.
  2. Those milestones will range from five years to forty years, representing a thirty-five-year spread.
  3. The average tenure of craftspeople celebrating anniversaries this year is seventeen-and-a-half years.
  4. Finally, these associates represent a combined total of five hundred and twenty-five years of boatbuilding experience at Sabre 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 Sabre Yachts, and we’re so excited to celebrate with them. 

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Scott: 15 Years with Sabre Yachts


Next in our anniversary series is Scott, who recently celebrated 15 years with Sabre Yachts. We recently featured Scott in a video on our YouTube channel as he walked us through the creation of his 2000th window frame, which should give our readers a sense of the time, effort, and attention to detail he has unfailingly shown over the last 15 years. Our deepest thanks go out to Scott – we’re both privileged and proud to work with him, and the many craftspeople like him who make up the heart and soul of Sabre Yachts. 

Do you have a lucky number?

7 and 15. My son and I share a birthday on the 15th.

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

I’d like to visit the Grand Canyon.

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

Living without my mom and dad.

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

That life isn’t going to be easy and to take it one day at a time. It will work out.

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

Niagara Falls, with my wife on our honeymoon.

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

My wonderful wife. We’ve been married 41 years.

What do you cook when no one else is home?

A grilled cheese sandwich. 

What is your dream car?

A ’57 Chevy. 

Pepsi or Coke?

Pepsi, but I’d rather drink iced tea or Gatorade. 

What are you most proud of?

Raising our two sons. 

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

All of our family pictures, so we would have all our memories. 

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

I’m a blood donor. I’ve donated 9 gallons and saved over 300 lives. 

Tell me about your best childhood friend:

Bill, my best friend since the sixth grade. 

Tell me about your earliest childhood memory:

When I was 6 and my brother was 5 we knocked over the Christmas Tree on Christmas morning. 

Tell me about someone who is your hero:

My father-in-law. He served in World War II and passed away on Veterans Day, 11/11/11. 

What super power would you like to have?

The power to look into the future.

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

Helping others when they need a hand. 

What’s your favorite dessert?

Cheesecake, it doesn’t matter what kind. 

What’s your favorite song of all time?

Love Me Tender, by Elvis. 

Is it ever okay to break the rules?

Yes, once in a while. 

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

I will tell them about the wonderful life that Linda and I had being married 50+ years. 

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

I would pay my grandson’s way through college, pay off both my son’s mortgages, invest some, and take a trip somewhere. 

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

My grandmother, she was 101 years old. I would tell her how life has changed. 

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Peter: 20 Years with Sabre Yachts


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.

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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.

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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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Diane – 15 years with Sabre Yachts


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.

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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. 

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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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Shawn: 5 Years with Sabre Yachts


Shawn’s station is at the end of the long hall in the Building 3 woodshop at the Sabre Yachts production facility. A five-year member the production team, Shawn’s talent is especially apparent in the Sabre 48 Master Berth, and sliding settee in the Main Salon,  both of which require deft expertise and strict attention to detail. As is our tradition, we had the privileged of interviewing Shawn in celebration of his five-year anniversary. In addition to his skill and dedication, Shawn’s gregarious and lighthearted nature make working with him a genuine pleasure – Thanks and Congratulations to Shawn, from everyone on the Sabre Yachts Team. 

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Shawn shows us a Sabre 48 sliding settee that’s almost ready for installation

Do you have a lucky number?

15 – it’s my birthday.

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

Italy

If you could learn any instrument what would you play?

I already play guitar, so piano/keyboard would be cool.

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

Becoming an Eagle Scout

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

Be more confident and apply yourself.

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

My wife

What do you cook when no one else is home?

Whatever I’m in the mood for!

What is your dream car?

’69 El Camino

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Shawn’s work station

Pepsi or Coke?

Moxie

What are you most proud of?

My current success – Family, jobs, parenting, etc. 

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

.22 bolt action long rifle

What is your theme song and why?

Mahna Mahna, from the Muppet Show

What’ the most important thing you learned in school?

That school doesn’t prepare you for life at all.

What’s your favorite book of all time?

To Kill a Mocking Bird, by Harper Lee

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

Austin Powers: Gold Member

What super power would you like to have?

Two hearts and a sonic screwdriver!

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Completed Sabre 48 Master Berth

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

Having thumbs. Everyday at some point I think, “Thank God I have thumbs!”

What’s your favorite song of all time?

Can You Picture That, by Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem

Is it ever okay to break the rules?

Yes, of course.

Name one thing that always makes you smile:

My daughter’s laughter

What is your least favorite thing about the world today?

Our dependence on, and fascination with, technology

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

An architect

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

Pay off the mortgage and build a new house

Would you rather be blind or deaf?

I don’t think it would matter, we’ll have the technology to fix both at some point. But, I think I’d choose deaf over blind.

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In-progress Sabre 48 sliding settee

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Trevor: 10 Years with Sabre Yachts


This anniversary series highlights Sabre Yachts’ crafts-people and associates as they reach seniority milestones, and is just one small way for us to give credit and thanks for all their hard work, time, and dedication. Our latest interview is with Trevor, who recently celebrated an impressive 10 years at Sabre Yachts. His down-to-earth practicality, combined with his acerbic wit, not only make Trevor a respected member of the Sabre Yachts team, but also a refreshingly insightful person to talk to, as demonstrated in the interview below. Thank you, Trevor, and congratulations from everyone here at Sabre Yachts. 

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Do you have a lucky number?

Yes

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

Somplace tropical and unpopulated.

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

Losing a very dear friend to liver failure.

If you could send a message to you younger self what would you say?

You understand nothing!

What do you cook when no one else is home?

PB&J, but if I’m feeling fancy I toast the bread.

What is your dream car?

1970 Mustang Mach 1

What are you best at?

Listening more than speaking

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

I’m Batman.

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What is your theme song?

Behind Blue Eyes, by The Who.

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

How to tie my shoes.

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

Who you know always beats what you know. Luck favors the pretty and the popular. 

What’s your favorite book of all time?

The Song of Albion Trilogy, by Stephen Lawhead.

Tell me about your best childhood friend:

Marty, my best friend since the third grade.

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

Die Hard.

What super power would you like to have?

Telekinesis

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

The ability to have compassion and be selfless, though both are rare. 

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What’s your favorite dessert?

Make me one of everything and I’ll let you know.

Is it ever okay to break the rules?

Sometimes it’s the only sane thing to do.

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

Very few get to actually “live,” most just survive.

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

A pilot and a veterinarian

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

I would pay off the mortgage and buy cars from this decade. I’d probably invest the rest.

Where would you go in a time machine?

2051 to see my grandchildren.

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

I’m not sure who, but I would ask them how they got out of their casket.

Would you rather be deaf or blind?

I’ve always used my ears more wisely than my eyes. 

 

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Mike: 20 Years with Sabre Yachts


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!

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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: www.thecobblestones.net  (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.

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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.

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Lynn: 15 Years with Sabre Yachts


Lynn began her journey at Sabre a little over fifteen years ago as the front desk receptionist. Today she is our National Sales Manager, and she keeps the ball rolling on all five Sabre Yachts models. In addition to her sales responsibilities, Lynn is also directly involved in the specifications process for each Sabre yacht, is a dynamic presence at boat shows across the country, and the list is just getting started. In celebration of her 15 years of hard work, talent, and dedication, Lynn agreed to answer a few of our questions…

Lynn at the front desk way back in 2005

Lynn at the front desk way back in 2005

What super power would you like to have?

The power to take pain away. My mother has suffered from back pain for years. It is difficult for her, and difficult to watch.

What’s your favorite song of all time?

Anything Billy Joel, followed closely by Cheap Trick’s “I Want You to Want Me.”

What’s your favorite dessert?  

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

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

Accepting this position as the National Sales Manager of Sabre Yachts. 

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

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

If you could do one thing differently in your life what would it be?  

I would join every group I could in school, just to see if I liked it. I would swing for the home run and not care if anybody was watching. I was not outgoing and I would change that.

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

Belly laughs from a baby

Who at this company has done something that impresses you? What was it?

 It’s not one person but the collective that impresses me. As a group we do amazing things. 

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

My mothers house on Christmas Eve with my entire family there. We are noisy and busy and fun. I wouldn’t change a thing about it.

What’s your favorite book and why?

The Bible. I learn something new every time I read it. 

What would you most like to learn?

Sign language, but I would need someone to learn it with me so we could talk.

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Lynn at the New England Boat Show in 2015

Tell me about one real life person who is your hero:  

Jesus Christ.

What is your dream car?

Aston Martin DBS Coupe

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

I would build a YMCA in Presque Isle, ME. I have friends there and they don’t have an affordable place to work out.

What are you most proud of?

My family, my kids – they are amazing people. 

Do you have any hobbies?

I’m waiting for summer so I can start Paddle Boarding. 

Who is the smartest person you know?

My Dad. He is a patent-holding inventor, and his ability to think through a mechanical process is fascinating.

What is your least favorite thing about humanity?

We forget too quickly the lessons we’ve learned.

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

My father’s mother. We would walk around her yard and she would teach me about her plants. She tried to do this when I was young but I did not appreciate it at the time. I didn’t understand that she would not always be there. 

If you could change history, what would you change and why?

My great grandfather is Native American. I would change how we handled settling this country

Tell me something that no one would ever guess about you?

I’m really a shy person.

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Miami Boat Show, February 2014

 

 

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Tony: 30 years with Sabre Yachts


30 years is an impressive amount of time to devote to any career, and we at Sabre Yachts are extremely lucky that Tony decided to give them to us! Tony’s dedication, attention to detail, and excellent technical skills keep him in high demand and extremely busy. Even more than his dedication to his work, our interview with Tony made it clear that his dedication to his family exceeds anything else. His work station, while full of family photos, is also in close proximity to actual family – we are fortunate to have both Tony’s brother and youngest son as part of the Sabre team as well! It’s not hard to see why Sabre’s usual 30-year Anniversary gift, a wooden rocking chair, just wasn’t going to cut it for a young-at-heart and apparently excellent dancer like Tony – instead, we gave Tony a beautiful coffee table and the deep gratitude of everyone here at Sabre!

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Tony’s 30 year Anniversary gift

If you could learn any instrument what would you play?

The guitar so I could sing Kim her favorite song – Heaven’s Already Here, by Collective Soul. But first I guess I would have to learn how to sing. 

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

You’re going to be okay. Lay off the salt and butter.

What do you cook when no one else is home?

Cream chip beef, or peanut butter and lots of fluff. 

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

I wouldn’t want to lose my family’s memories, so I would probably keep a box of our pictures. 

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

I’m as transparent as they come. 

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

Don’t play with matches – but the lesson sank in a little late!

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Tony and his son Kyle

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

Kim. She’s the person that completes me.

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

Better to ask what I didn’t learn in school…

Tell me about your earliest childhood memory:

My brother, Timmy, and I were playing under the kitchen sink and got locked in – claustrophobia set in pretty quickly. 

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

Anything with John Wayne, if I had to pick one I’d probably say True Grit. 

Tell me about someone who is your hero:

My mom. She has always been there for a lot of people.

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Tony, hard at work when I found him for this interview

What super power would you like to have?

The power to heal, if that’s a super power. 

Name one thing that always makes you smile:

Thinking about my family, Kim and the kids, and the Andy Griffith Show.

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

I would take Kim, and our kids and grand-kids, away on an awesome vacation. Then I would take a vacation just Kim and I, probably to the Grand Canyon – she’s always wanted to go there. 

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

Grandpa Eino, he passed when I was in Jr. High School. I’d say “Thank You,” he would know what I mean.

Would you rather be deaf or blind?

Deaf. I can see and feel the good things. It’s hard to listen to the news these days. 

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

That’s easy, my wife Kim. It’s been twenty-six years since we met, and she’s still the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. 

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Congratulations and Thank You, Tony!

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