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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!

Cobblestones Playing Norway

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.

Mike - AL Path

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.

Mike at Harrington's Marina

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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.

Lynn at NE Boat Show

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.

Miami Boat Show Sales Ladies

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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Ricky: 5 years with Sabre Yachts


Ricky is a difficult man to pin down here at Sabre Yachts – when I first set out to find him for this interview I was told (jokingly) that the best place to look was the corner of Route 35 and Hawthorne Rd., because Ricky’s frequent trips between the two ends of the facility meant he would pass by there sooner rather than later. In all seriousness, however, Ricky’s excellent work ensures that materials are where associates need them, when they need them, and keeps the production lines running smoothly. In thanks for his five years of hard work, we decided to get to know Ricky a little better. 

 

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

Serving in the United States Marine Corps.

What did you do after the Marine Corps?

I went south and started building boats for Boston Whaler. 

What brought you north again?

I started having chest pains and discovered I had a pulmonary embolism. It was successfully treated, but after that it just felt like time to come home and be closer to family. 

 

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I finally tracked Ricky down at his work station

What is your dream car?

’67 Chevy Camaro

Pepsi or Coke?

Pepsi

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

Nuremberg, Germany. I was born there while my father was in the service, and I’ve always been interested in going back to visit. 

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

My rifle.

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

Always treat women with respect, and not as objects. 

What’s your favorite book of all time?

The Pern series by Ann McCaffrey. A buddy of mine got me hooked while we served in Desert Storm together. 

What super power would you like to have?

X-Ray vision (just kidding!)

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A moment of stillness in an otherwise busy day

What’s your favorite dessert?

Ice Cream. My dog, Zeus, is a full blooded shih tzu, and every time I have ice cream he has to have his own with a little peanut butter sauce. 

Is it ever okay to break the rules?

I guess it depends on the seriousness of the rule. I think stealing is wrong, but I probably speed more than I should…

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

The Media. It’s all hype and playing on people’s emotions, plus there’s no sense of privacy anymore. 

What are you most proud of?

The fact that I’m a Gulf War veteran.

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

Nothing, I would invest it.

Would you rather be deaf or blind?

I would rather be deaf, there are too many beautiful sights in the world.

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Unloading the latest delivery

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Jack: 10 years with Sabre Yachts


Despite the bustle and commotion of the Sabre Yachts wood shop, you would be hard-pressed to miss Jack. With his characteristic longshoreman’s cap and ponytail, not to mention his happy laugh and willingness to pass a few minutes in friendly chat, Jack has been an ingrained part of the Sabre Yachts team for ten years. Jack is kept on his toes with a large variety of projects, including his excellent work installing head and sol tile. Lucky for us, he was able to give me some time for an interview, and agreed to give some common sense tips about safety in the shop as well.

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“Safety out here on the shop floor is all about common sense, you just have to know what you’re seeing. Rule one is always wear your safety glasses.”

What’s your favorite song of all time?

You Shook Me All Night Long, by AC/DC. They are my favorite band – that song was their first single after the original lead singer died. 

What’s your favorite dessert?

Blueberry Pie

Where did you grow up?

Gorham, Maine

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

I would make sure my three grand-babies were taken care of. Then I might build some good low-income housing; you know, a hand up, not a hand-out. 

If you had to sell everything you own, and could only keep one thing, what would it be?

Probably my golf clubs. I started golfing when I worked at a shoe shop down at the Sebago Mall. My coworkers had a league and I got involved through them. These days I’m too old to play basketball, so golf is my thing. 

What’s your least favorite thing about humanity?

The killing: if your ‘higher power’ isn’t the same as someone else’s people seem to think that the solution is killing. It sounds overly simple, but I think everyone should use the Golden Rule.

“Rule two – when you see guys wearing hardhats it means there’s something above you have to watch out for – always make eye contact so they know you’re there, and never walk through without an okay.”

How honest are you? 

Very

Fishing or hunting?

Fishing. You can fish all year round, but you can only hunt during the right season.

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

That’s an easy one. I’d talk to my Ma, and I’d tell her I miss her.

If you could play an instrument what would it be?

Saxaphone

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

I’d go to the Dominican Republic. I lived there for about a year, and I’ve always wanted to go back. 

What’s your favorite book of all time?

Siddhartha, by Hermanne Hesse. It’s a simple story about life, which he describes like a lazy river. I think that metaphor is really truthful and meaningful.

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“Here in the wood shop we have a lot of folks using saws, if there’s any chance of wood getting caught in the saw and kicking back we’ll have a shield behind us, always walk behind the shield.”

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

Top Gun

What would you most like to learn?

Spanish

Tell me about your earliest childhood memory:

Being a little kid, and making plans for Christmas morning with my sister. We were going to wake up our big brothers and make them get their paper routes done early, then we could open our presents. 

What do you cook when you’re the only one home?

I’m a good cook, so I’ll make anything I want.

What’s your favorite sport/team?

Baseball. I’m a New York Yankees fan, which is a pretty unpopular thing to be around here! But most folks give me a pass when they find out my mother’s family is from New York and that she grew up there. My father’s a Red Sox fan, they used to get into it over which games we would watch on the television. 

"Basically, anyone out here should use their common sense, and stick to the blue painted paths on the floor as much as possible."

“It’s pretty straight forward; anyone out here just needs to use their common sense, and it’s always good to  stick to the blue painted paths on the floor as much as possible.”

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Daryl: 5 Years with Sabre Yachts


The world of small parts lamination at the Sabre Yachts facility in Rockland, Maine, is wide open, and full of sounds, movement, and people. In the midst of all this activity, Daryl has spend the last five years crafting for Sabre,and according to him the variety is the best part of his day. During our interview I was able to start appreciating what he means – with so many parts and pieces in various stages along the laminating process there hardly seems to be a dull moment. For a man who spends most of his free time working a Christmas Tree farm and fishing, this kind of constant activity seems right up his alley.

Daryl at his work station

Daryl at his work station


Pepsi or Coke?

Pepsi

What’s your favorite dessert?

Cheesecake

What do you do in your spare time?

I don’t have much to spare, but when I do I go fishing. I spend most of my weekends working on a local Christmas tree farm. I had a friend who worked there an he got me a job. It’s a pretty good way to spend my time when I’m not here, I get to drive ATVs through the woods all day. 

Explaining the process.

Explaining the process.


What’s your least favorite food?

Pea Soup

Where did you grow up?

Alton, Maine

What do you cook when you’re the only one home?

Steak and baked potatoes with Brussels sprouts. I live alone, but I grew up with my aunt and my grandmother and they taught me to cook. 

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

I would move to a tropical paradise, probably St. Martens, and open up my own watering hole. I was there on a cruise once and I’ve always wanted to go back. 

Spraying Laminate.

Spraying Laminate


Fishing or Hunting?

Fishing. I grew up fishing and you can do it all year round. 

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

My Grandfather. We would talk about life and gardening.

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

Apart from St. Martens, I’d probably go to Scotland. My family is from there, but I don’t know much about it. I think I’d like to learn.

 

The final product

The final product

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Steve: 30 Years at Sabre Yachts


Locating Steve on the shop floor is acknowledged as a sort of ‘you can’t get there from here’ situation. Beyond completion and the wood shop, through double blue doors, is the fiberglass department. Known around the Sabre Yachts facility simply as ‘fiberglass,’ you can find Steve’s work station in a curtained corner of this noisy epicenter, and occasionally you can find Steve there as well.

Steve’s position in Production Support keeps him very often on the move, acting as a liaison between design and project, tracking down needed parts and specifications, and even creating parts and pieces himself if necessary. And not just for Sabre, Steve’s talents are put to use by our sister company Back Cove Yachts as well. 

Beginning in 1985, Steve has worked on more than 40 models and model variation in his 30 years with Sabre Yachts.

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Work Station

What is the one thing that has changed the most since you began at Sabre Yachts?

Well, over the years you see a lot of people come and go, for one thing. For another, when I started Sabre was all sailboats. We built our first powerboat in 1988 and the motor yacht concept really grew and expanded. Today, we don’t have any sail models in production, and the newest power model is 66 feet. That’s the biggest change, I think. 

Pepsi or Coke?

Pepsi, but it all tastes like syrup compared to my homemade Root Beer. 

Where did you grow up?

My family had a dairy farm in New York when I was young. When I was about 10 we sold the farm and moved to Maine.

 

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Steve designed this mold for the Back Cove DE37

Are you a dog person, or a cat person?

Really both. We have them all at home: dogs, cats, fish.

Do you have any hobbies?

I have an extensive vinyl record collection. In our house I have roughly 300 displayed on the wall, probably 400 displayed in our second home in New York, and maybe an additional 500 on top of those.

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Out of the mold

What’s your favorite genre and/or album?

There are too many to pick from. I listen to a lot of rock, so if I had to pick a favorite genre that would be it, but I have all the other genre’s covered pretty well too. I couldn’t choose just one, and the same goes for my favorite album.

You have to sell everything you own and can only keep one thing – what would you keep?

The 1974 Volkswagen Thing that I bought in 1986.

If you could play any instrument what would it be?

At this point I’m not really sure. I tried a few things when I was a kid, but I wasn’t very good at any of them. 

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Various parts and pieces for the Sabre and Back Cove lines, all made by Steve

Where would you go if you could travel anywhere in the world?

My wife and I have a second home in New York, I’d probably just go there. We spend most of our weekends there as it is. I love it there, so I don’t really need to travel anywhere else.

What do you cook when you’re the only one home?

Probably the same thing I would cook for my wife and I. I do most of the cooking in our house, anyway. I don’t mind cooking.

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Steve turns this foam into part molds; in this case, a part for the forward cabin in the Sabre 66 Dirigo

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Keith: 15 years at Sabre Yachts


You’ll usually find Keith in the heart of the Sabre Yachts wood shop. A man who loves pecan pie, hunting, and the New England Patriots, Keith is kept busy on the production floor with a multitude of tasks, including making toe rails and creating valances for the Sabre 42′ and 48′ lines. A Raymond native who describes himself as ‘very honest,’ his handiwork has been an integral part of the Sabre product for 15 years. During our interview, Keith showed me around the shop, and explained some of the lamination process. 

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Explaining the next steps for this Sabre 48 toe rail

 Where would you go in a time machine?

Back to the 1800s, it was a simpler time without all this commercialization and technology. I’d like to go back and live off the land; I think it would be a more peaceful life.

White hat, or black hat?

I think being a black hat would be more fun.

If you had to sell everything you own, but got to keep just one thing, what would you keep?

My home

What is your least favorite food?

Cucumber and Watermelon

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After grain matching, laminating, planing, and finishing, this material will become a toe rail

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

Go into the service after school, I could be retired with benefits by now. I would probably go into the Air Force and learn to fly a plane.

Do you have any hobbies?

Hunting, Fishing, Snowmobiling

What’s your dream car?

Mustang Shelby GT 500; ‘Eleanor,’ the car from the movie ‘Gone in 60 Seconds.’

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Laminate takes roughly 48 hours to cure, depending on the temperature

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

Young Guns

Are you a dog person or a cat person?

Dog person, especially black labs. I have a two year old lab named Buck. My wife lets him sleep with us, and he’s a bed hog.

 Pepsi or Coke?

Pepsi

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

A float plane, and a log home in Alaska.

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Tools of the trade

 What’s your favorite song of all time?

Stairway to Heaven, by Led Zeppelin.

Have you ever been to a Led Zeppelin concert?

No, but I wanted to. My first concert was J. Geils, and Ted Nugent and Bad Company both put on good shows. But the best concert I ever went to was definitely Eric Clapton.

Think back to your first day at Sabre? What is different and what’s the same?

Well, I have the same supervisor now as when I started. But in all seriousness, a lot has changed. Our methods and technologies are better which means we create better products. We are constantly improving how we do things, so the quality of our boats is constantly improving as well.

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The Finished Product

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Volvo Penta hosts Sabre and Back Cove in Sweden


Last week, Dave and Kevin were among a group of Americans hosted by Volvo Penta on a visit that covered multiple facilities over three different parts of Sweden. Their adventure included everything from Scandinavian seafood to brand new products set to release in 2016:

Dave and Kevin

Dave and Kevin

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The Visitors

 The trip included Volvo’s marine testing facility, engine foundry and assembly plant, and the IPS research and assembly facility.  The visitors were also introduced to some exciting new technologies being developed by Volvo Penta, and were invited to preview and test some new equipment that will be introduced in 2016.

A world-leading supplier of marine leisure engines and complete power systems,  Sabre has offered Volov Penta engines in our yachts throughout our 45 year history, and Back Cove has offered Volvo options since the company’s founding in 2003. The partnership between our companies is long standing, and based on a mutual thirst for reliable performance and innovative technology.

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The Volvo Penta Facility

 

To cap off an already exciting trip, Dave and Kevin were treated to some amazing Scandinavian seafood.

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Scandinavian Restaurant

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Delicious Scandinavian Seafood

 

 

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Sabre 54 Fly Bridge Review by Yachting Magazine


A brand new review done by Yachting Magazine on the newly redesigned Sabre 54 Fly Bridge.

Sabre 54 Fly Bridge Review

Sabre 54 Flybridge running in Portland, Maine.

“The view from the upper helm of the new Sabre 54 Fly Bridge Sedan was simply awe-inspiring.” – Yachting Magazine 2014

 

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