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Tyler: 5 years with Sabre Yachts


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.

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Official Sea Trial Data – Sabre 45 Salon Express


Sabre 45 Salon Express hull #001 Performance DataHi All,

The official results are in, and the Sabre 45 is a monumental success. Examine the data here, or download the report from the Sabre 45 Performance page. 

As a bonus, check out the running video shot by Sabre’s Engineering Team, then see their preliminary photos in the Sabre 45 Image Gallery.

 

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Frank: 25 years with Sabre Yachts


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. 

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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.

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


Hi All,

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

Sabre 45 Salon Express hull 001

“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!

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Bruce: 10 Years with Sabre Yachts


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!

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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.

-Jamie LB Governale

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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