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BIW Engineers visit Sabre Yachts

In mid December a group of General Dynmaics, Bath Iron Works (BIW) Engineering Leaders visited Sabre Yachts to meet with the Sabre Engineering Department and receive a tour of the facility. Bath Iron Works is based in Bath Maine; the company is a full service shipyard specializing in designing and building high tech US Navy destroyers.Aegis-Destroyer-Dewey-DDG-105

According to John Manganello, Employee Development Specialist, the goal “was to share a common experience that would provide the opportunity for reflection, comment, and comparison in terms of safety, quality, and leadership.”

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John writes, “While these were the loose guidelines, the tour of SABRE allowed for each individual to get whatever insights or takeaways he or she may have found most relevant. The Associates at Sabre Yachts were incredibly accommodating, and we at BIW are very grateful for their time and energy.”

Below are some images taken by General Dynamics BIW as well as some participant comments following the event.

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One of the BIW Engineers’ wrote, “The trip was very interesting.  It is always a pleasure to see firsthand a well run Maine based manufacturing enterprise that is doing well.”
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BIW Engineer: “Sabre exemplified the type of company that truly cares for their workforce and their customer while producing the highest quality product.”
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BIW Engineer: “My observations at Sabre were that they have been able to foster an attitude of all 160 employees being part of one team.  They either succeed or fail together.  The associates were very polite and helpful when asked questions and were clearly proud of what they do.  They each appeared to have a clear sense of job ownership which fostered a lot of pride in their work.  Quality and attention to detail was evident in every stage of the process.”
Dave Newcomb, Engineering Department Supervisor writes, “General Dynamics BIW engineering group is obviously a very highly skilled and focused engineering team. It was fascinating to discuss with them the similarities, differences, & challenges of our separate engineering departments. We benefited greatly from their visit.”
To learn more about General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, visit the BIW website.
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Profile: Sabre Associate Mike Inman

Profile on Sabre Yachts Associate Mike Inman – Lamination Department Supervisor

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Associates in the Sabre Yachts Lamination Department

One never knows where life is going to lead you. Just ask Mike Inman, Supervisor of the Lamination Department for Sabre Yachts. 

Six years ago Mike Inman was working for Spurwink Services in a home for adults with Autism and severe mental disabilities. Mike and his wife, Leanne found great reward working with this group of people and helping these adults lead positive and productive lives.

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Mike Inman, Lamination Department Supervisor

In 2006 Mike and Leanne decided to build a home in Raymond, Maine. Mike, who many describe as an extremely skilled craftsman, acted as his own general contractor and worked on the house every minute he could spare. Mike completed all the fit and finish on the house as well as all electrical work, tiling and floor projects. As the house project was wrapping up, he started looking for jobs closer to Raymond and their future home. Luckily for Sabre, Mike stopped in at the front office and was soon Sabre Yacht’s newest mechanic. Working for a boatbuilding company made sense for Mike who was a Merchant Marine sailor for five years before he met his wife, and spent months at sea working in the bulk shipping industry.

Mike enjoyed work as a mechanic but Sabre saw more in this skilled craftsman. In 2010, Don Wentworth, Production Manager, appointed him supervisor of Deck Assembly. A few months later he became supervisor of Fiberglass Lamination.  

Mike clearly has an eye for details. He enjoys lamination because “it’s the foundation – where everything begins.” He takes pride in his job and he is constantly learning. “I’m proud of the direction that Sabre is taking me. There are always new things being introduced.” He notes how the infusion process has improved. Mike says, “We, the team, look at each hull and discuss what we can do differently next time. We really try to make each hull as close to perfect as we possibly can.”

Outside Sabre, Mike keeps himself busy as an auto customization and restoration enthusiast. He and his father, Michael Sr. are restoring a 1940 Packard Coupe. He and Leanne also have two kids, Logan age six and his daughter Lauren who is fifteen months old. Mike enjoys his work at Sabre Yachts. “I work with a great bunch of individuals who truly care about their work”. We know that the other Sabre associates feel the same way.

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Sabre Associates pick their favorite APPS

Perhaps you just received the latest tablet (iPad, kindle etc) as a holiday gift. Now for the best part! Downloading the apps….

We at Sabre absolutely LOVE our smartphone and tablets. In fact, we give an ipad away to each new Sabre 48 Salon Express owners (complete with owners manual etc).

So now that you have a new tablet, where do you start? We’ve assembled the TOP 5 most essential apps for our fellow boat lovers.

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5. Harbor Master

iTunes says, Relax and let the sounds of the sea transport you far away. You are the Harbor Master in a busy harbor. Direct boats into the docks, watch them unload their cargo, and direct them off the screen. But be careful not to let the boats crash, and watch out for the pirates, monsters, and cyclones!

Sabre Associates say, “If you’re like us and have snow on the ground right now, this app is a fun way to stay connected to the water while sitting next to the fire”.

4.  Ship Finder

iTunes says, The original and most highly rated ship tracking app, ranked top 10 in the Navigation category in over 30 countries.

Sabre Associates say, “It’s like Facebook for ships….enter the boats surname and you can view pictures, its height, length, home port. It’s very entertaining!”


iTunes says, “ iNavX brings the freely available, official and up to date NOAA RNC raster waters marine charts to your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Included detailed chart coverage: West Coast, Gulf Coast, East Coast, Great Lakes, Alaska, Hawaii and US Virgin Islands and beyond….”

Sabre Associates say, “We use this app everywhere…from the Coast of Australia to Monaco to Maine. It never lets us down.”

2. DragQueen

iTunes says, DragQueen is a simple anchor alarm. It provides distance and GPS accuracy alarms along with an alarm delay. The alarm is quite annoying and is the perfect thing to waken you at night if it detects anchor dragging to your specifications.

Sabre Associates say, “The name alone is entertainment. My wife actually was worried…it’s a bonus that it actually is quite effective!”

1. Sabre Yachts

iTunes says, Sabre motor yachts are available in Salon Express and Fly Bridge styles and in lengths from 38 to 54 feet. All models cruise in the mid-twenty knot range and use pod drive systems for quiet and efficient operation.

Sabre Associates say, “Our new app allows you to view brochures of all of our models. The app has videos and pictures. You can even pick out the color hull you want!”

What are YOUR favorite apps?


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A review of the Sabre 38 Salon Express by BOATS.COM

Sabre 38 Salon Express: Powerboat with Feng Shui

Zuzana Prochazka from writes a review of the new Sabre 38 Salon Express. “Pod drive handling, a planing hull, and an unbeatable liveaboard flow come together on the 38 SE.”

“With this new baby in the Sabre family, I wasn’t going to be disappointed. In fact, the 38 SE added a third feature that sets it apart – great livability created by a fantastic indoor/outdoor flow”. Read the entire review on the Sabre website – “In the News”

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Sabre Yachts visits Volvo HQ in Sweden

Earlier in November, Kevin Burns, Vice President of Design and Product Development attended a Design Seminar hosted by Volvo Penta in Gotenborg, Sweden.  

The seminar was attended by Naval Architects and Engineers from around the world in addition to Volvo Penta distributors.  This event lasted a few days and included multiple presentations from Volvo’s development and engineering staff, Sweden’s Coast Guard, and other shipbuilding customers.  A highlight of the trip was a tour aboard the Sweden Coast Guard Vessel powered by Volvo IPS engines. This should come as no surprise as Kevin is a former member of the US Coast Guard.


Presentation topics ranged from hull form optimization for IPS to classification ‘Type Approval’ for commercial applications.  In addition to the presentations, attendees visited several Volvo facilities including the Marine Testing Center (image below), Volvo Design Department, and the Volvo Museum.

Volvo has been an important partner for Sabre Yachts over the years, and they continue to stand out amongst others in the industry for their dedication to finding creative ways to make boating easier and more fun for our Owners.  This visit to Sweden was an excellent opportunity for us to interact directly with the folks at Volvo who are on the front lines of evolving the current engines, controls, and drive systems as well as envisioning the next generation of Volvo marine products.  Our ability to discuss and feedback on hull forms, design details, control systems, and economics is critical in terms of advocating for the needs of our Owners and their ownership experience – ultimately that’s what it’s all about.

This car is designed by an all-female team in the Design Department.

Some new features for the IPS system were able to be tested in the water including Volvo’s integrated Autopilot and Dynamic Positioning systems.  Along with these new features, the Volvo development team unveiled the ‘Future Helm’ concept of a modular helm unit which incorporated the latest thinking on the ‘glass cockpit’.  Volvo is spending a lot of time on what is referred to as HMI or Human Machine Interface – which translates into a pleasant boating experience for our Owners.  There is another ‘soon to be available’ technology that was introduced and should be available to the public very soon.

Of course a visit to Sweden wouldn’t be complete with trying some local flavors. Kevin and crew visited quite a number of seafood restaurants while visiting Gotenborg.

Kevin reports that the Seafood Platter at Fiskekrogen Restaurant to be his favorite while in Sweden. Although the trip was short, he says, “It is a beautiful place that warrants a lot more time spent roaming along the shore.” The locals recommend he come back during the summer months.  Sounds familiar doesn’t it? We Main-ahs often give the same advice in regard to visiting Maine – You’re always welcome, but shoot for July!

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Sabre Yachts is thankful for….

Sabre Yachts has a lot to be thankful for. At the top of our list – Sabre Associates. As a gesture of thanks, all 130 Sabre employees received turkeys for their hard work and dedication to the company.

“I am very thankful for the talented team that we have here at Sabre.  I am thankful for the growth, hard work, and success we have experienced as a group and look forward to more good things as we head into 2013.” says Aaron Crawford, COO of Sabre Yachts

The truckload of over 130 turkeys ready to be distributed. Gobble gobble.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 – from your friends at Sabre Yachts

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Sabre 48 awarded “Best Downeast Boat 45-55 ft”

A few weeks ago, at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show, the Sabre 48 Salon Express was honored by Active Interest Media (AIM) as “Best Downeast Boat: 45-55 FT”.

AIM publishes some of the country’s leading consumer enthusiast magazines, including Soundings, Power & Motor YachtYachts Internationaland Passage Maker. The Sabre 48 Salon Express, Designed by Kevin Burns and the Sabre Design Team, has been a smashing success since it first launched in 2010. The Sabre 48 follows the highly successful 42 and 54 Salon Express models in Sabre’s motor yacht line. 

She cruises at 27 knots and is one of the quietest motor yachts available today. Her raised cockpit sole brings together the social aspects of the cockpit and main salon, and the aft end of the house opens up fully to connect the spaces. The two cabin, two head layout is fabulous for cruising with another couple or children. Her optional crew quarters created a big stir at the Ft Lauderdale Boat Show a few weeks ago.

To learn more about the Best Downeast Boat: 45-55 ft, the Sabre 48 Salon Express, please visit the new Sabre Yachts website.

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Design Team & New Design Studio

Entrance to Back Cove Yachts. The stairs lead to the new design studio

Last month Kevin Burns, VP of Design & Product Development, and Adam Carlson, Senior Designer, moved into a new Design Studio! Here is a peek at the new space…

As you can see from the photos, the entire design team does not work out of this studio. Adam and Kevin are the lucky ones! The team is comprised of eight members and they meet regularly to discuss the present models as well as dream up future designs. The design team includes: Kevin Burns, Vice President of Design and Product Development, Daniel Zilkha, President & Chief Executive Officer, Chris Evans, Director, Ed Miller, Chairman, Bentley Collins, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Aaron Crawford, Chief Operating Officer, Dave Newcomb, Head of the Engineering Department and Adam Carlson, Senior Designer.

The design team  is responsible for translating the companies’ vision into real boats, from the conceptual level down to the details. The designers work in the Design and Product Development Department help to shape and evolve current and future models by introducing improved manufacturing details, modern equipment specifications, and the newest construction methodologies. They create hull forms and sculpted deck shapes; generate concepts, technical drawings, and specifications; and communicate ideas using 3D models and detailed renderings.

New Design Studio waiting area

Adam Carlson, Senior Designer, and Kevin Burns, VP of Design and Product Development, have new work stations that are well suited for the design work they do for both Back Cove and Sabre Yachts. 

Adam Carlson, Senior Designer & Kevin Burns, VP of Design and Product Development, at their workstations.

Kevin Burns is Sabre Yacht’s Vice President of Design and Product Development. Kevin joined us in 2006, and today he lives with his wife and children in mid-coast Maine. In early 2009 Kevin began working as Chief Designer for both Back Cove and Sabre Yachts.

“I think that Sabre has challenged people’s notion of what ‘Downeast’ can be.  Not to say the designs don’t carry the timeless Downeast appeal – they do – but there’s almost a flirtation with irreverence that speaks to the fact that we’re not afraid to push boundaries if it results in a better boat.”

Kevin Burns and Adam Carlson after a sea trial in Rockland Harbor.

To learn more about the latest models designed by the team, visit the Sabre Yachts website 

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Ft Lauderdale Boat Show (10/25-10/29)

Today (Saturday) is Day 3 of the Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show and we finally have some sunshine! Hurricane Sandy brought high winds over the last few days but today is looking great and we’re expecting a big crowd. 

Below are photos from the last few days.

Day 1 (Thursday): It’s a full boat on the new Sabre 38 Salon Express.

Day 1 (Thursday): Fishing boats galore

End of Day 1 (Thursday): Rain and high winds made for a challenging day on the docks.

Day 2 (Friday): The overnight winds caused some damage in one of the tents but thankfully our boats survived the night without any damage.

Day 2 (Friday): Sabre Yachts Engineering Manager, Dave Newcomb, is all smiles now that we have a bit of sunshine.

Day 3 (Saturday): The Sabre Yachts 48 Salon Express is ready for the crowds today!

Day 3 (Saturday): From left to right — Back Cove 37, Sabre 38 Salon Express and Sabre 48 Salon Express.

More pictures and videos from the boat show coming soon!

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Here is a beautiful photo of two Sabre 456 Sailboat’s at the dock in Manchester, Massachusetts. With the leaves already turning and the temperatures dropping in New England, these boats are getting ready to hibernate for the winter.

If you’re looking for something to do while your boat is out of the water this winter, check out Sabre’s new website. The videos and beautiful photos should keep you connected to the water until you’re ready to launch next Spring!

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