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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2 Responses to Shawn: 5 Years with Sabre Yachts

  1. Rob Noll Pittsburgh Pa. USA says:

    Much congrats Shawn. I enjoyed your interview. Sabre is a great place to have a career and Maine is a very special place to be a boat builder It does not get any better than that!
    ( even in Italy!). I was fortunate to be at Sabre over 20 years ago and it appears that you are in another Sabre Renaissance with your power boat line with lots of solid orders in the pipeline. Stick with it! and as Roger Hewson said to me ” Go For it!”

  2. Tom Barr says:

    Looks just like the settee on my 95 36′ fast trawler. Know that your good work will be appreciated for many years to come.

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